40 days in Japan Itinerary

40 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Sendai
— 3 nights
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Hakodate
— 2 nights
Drive
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Otaru
— 2 nights
Drive
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Niseko-cho
— 2 nights
Drive to New Chitose Airport, Fly to Niigata Airport
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Niigata
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nagano
— 3 nights
Shuttle
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Hakuba-mura
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 3 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Tokyo

Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Imperial Palace, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, and wander the streets of Odaiba District.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner.

Gold Coast, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Gold Coast to Tokyo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Gold Coast in February; daily highs in Tokyo reach 12°C and lows reach 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time for travel to Sendai.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 26 — Mar 2:

3
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Sendai

Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Explore Sendai's surroundings by going to Yamagata (Matsuo Basho and Sora Statue, Large Ginkgo Tree in Yamadera, &more) and Matsushima-machi (Michinoku Date Masamune Historical Museum, Zuiganji, &more). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Zuihoden, wander the streets of Sunmall Ichibancho, don't miss a visit to Jozenji-dori Avenue, and browse the exhibits of Aoba Castle Museum.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Sendai travel planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Sendai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. When traveling from Tokyo in March, plan for little chillier days in Sendai, with highs around 10°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 2 — 5:

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Hakodate

City of Lights

A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): take in panoramic vistas at Mt. Hakodate Observatory, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, pause for some serene contemplation at St.John's Church Hakodate, then pause for some serene contemplation at Hakodate Orthodox Church, then get to know the fascinating history of Motomachi, and finally don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Goryokaku Dozo, stroll through Goryokaku Park, then take an in-depth tour of Goryokaku Tower, then look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, and finally hunt for treasures at Hakodate Morning Market.

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hakodate day trip website.

Take a train from Sendai to Hakodate in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sendai in March: high temperatures in Hakodate hover around 5°C and lows are around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Otaru.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 5 — 7:

2
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Otaru

Town of Hills

The port city of Otaru has long attracted domestic visitors, drawn in by the city's many historic buildings, and has started to garner international attention, too.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): examine the collection at Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan, then take in panoramic vistas at Mount Kenashi View Point, and then hit the slopes at Kiroro Snow World. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): stop by Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building, get in on the family fun at Otaru Denuki Koji, contemplate the waterfront views at Otaru Canal, steep yourself in history at The Site of Temiya Line, then hunt for treasures at Sankaku Market, and finally make a trip to JR Otaru Station.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Otaru day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Hakodate to Otaru takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. When traveling from Hakodate in March, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Otaru: temperatures range from 1°C by day to -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Niseko-cho.

Things to do in Otaru

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 7 — 9:

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Niseko-cho

Mt. Fuji of Hokkaido

Ranking as the most popular ski resort in Hokkaido, mountaintop Niseko-cho boasts great slopes and surprisingly vibrant nightlife.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): hit the slopes at Niseko Village Pure, fly down the slopes at Niseko Village Ski Resort, visit Kanrosui, then hit the slopes at Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area, and finally get outside with Niseko Annupuri. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Mt. Yotei Spring Water, fly down the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place, and then get outside with Hokkaido Backcountry Club.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Niseko-cho tour app.

Traveling by car from Otaru to Niseko-cho takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Otaru in March, you will find days in Niseko-cho are somewhat warmer (6°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Niigata.

Things to do in Niseko-cho

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 9 — 11:

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Niigata

The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
On the 12th (Fri), pause for some photo ops at Niigata Station Chuken Tama Ko Statue, stop by Ponshukan Niigata Station, snap pictures at Bandai Bridge, then enjoy breathtaking views from Befco Bakauke Observatory Room, then make a trip to Niigata Nippo Media Ship, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakusan Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Otogo Shrine, sample the tasty concoctions at Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery, visit Pia Bandai, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Niigata Church, then make a trip to The Old Saito Residence, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marinepia Nihonkai.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Niigata trip site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Niseko-cho to Niigata. Traveling from Niseko-cho in March, expect Niigata to be somewhat warmer, temps between 11°C and 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nagano.

Things to do in Niigata

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Mar 11 — 13:

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Nagano

Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagano: Amidado (in Iiyama), Nozawaonsen-mura (Nozawa Onsen, Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, &more) and Yamanouchi-machi (Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area & Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple, admire the masterpieces at Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum Higashiyama Kaii Gallery, step into the grandiose world of Matsushiro Castle, and get outside with Iizuna Kogen Ski Area.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Nagano trip itinerary app.

Drive from Niigata to Nagano in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Nagano are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can take a shuttle to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Nagano

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 13 — 16:

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Hakuba-mura

Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
On the 17th (Wed), head outdoors with Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, stop by Hakuba, then take in the awesome beauty at Happoone, and finally fly down the slopes at Hakuba Iwatake Mountain Resort. Keep things going the next day: indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, fly down the slopes at Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden, explore the activities along Happo Pond, take in the views from Hakuba Ohashi Bridge, then fly down the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, and finally visit Hakuba Jump Arena.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Hakuba-mura trip tool.

You can take a shuttle from Nagano to Hakuba-mura in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March in Hakuba-mura, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 18:

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Kanazawa

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, don't miss a visit to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri, and stop by Higashichaya Old Town.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa visit planning site.

Traveling by car from Hakuba-mura to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 18 — 21:

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Osaka

Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Venture out of the city with trips to Himeji (Nishi no Maru, Himeji Castle, &more). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, wander the streets of Dotombori District, meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Osaka trip planner.

Drive from Kanazawa to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. March in Osaka sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 21 — 24:

2
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Hiroshima

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, get outside with Paddle Park, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima vacation builder website.

Take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In March, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 24 — 26:

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Kyoto

The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip maker tool.

Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 26 — 29:

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Fujikawaguchiko-machi

A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
On the 30th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Kawaguchiko Muse Museum, Atae Yuki Bldg., explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi, explore the world behind art at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, then see the interesting displays at Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine, and finally walk around Oishi Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Fuji-Q Highland, then explore the striking landscape at Fugaku Wind Cave, and then don't miss a visit to Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Kyoto to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Kyoto in March, expect nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are little chillier, around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 29 — 31:

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Hakone-machi

Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): stroll around Gora Park, explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, then explore the galleries of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Cedar Trees of Hakone Old Road. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Hakone Shrine, steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), then stop by Owakudani Kurotamago Kan, then don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley, and finally take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hakone-machi day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Hakone-machi can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Baths
Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 2:

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Tokyo

Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): get curious at National Museum of Nature and Science, find something for the whole family at Tokyo DisneySea, and then discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland. Keep things going the next day: walk around Ueno Park, then get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, then stop by Akihabara, and finally get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo holiday maker website.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 12°C. On the 5th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 2 — 5:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.