43 days in Japan Itinerary

43 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan route planner

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Fly
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Ferry to Motobu-cho
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Motobu-cho
— 4 nights
Ferry to タクマ3乗船券販売所, Fly to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Fly
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Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
Bus to Odawara, Train to Tokyo
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
Train
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Matsumoto
— 5 nights
Train
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Fly
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Nagasaki
— 4 nights
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Ishigaki

— 5 nights
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Step out of Ishigaki to go to Iriomote-jima and see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. Spend 28th (Wed) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, stroll around Banna Park, admire all the interesting features of Cape Hirakubozaki, and enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki online travel planner.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Ishigaki is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Indochina Time (ICT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. September in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 28:

Motobu-cho

— 4 nights
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
When in Motobu-cho, make a side trip to see Kouri Ohashi in Nakijin-son, approximately Nakijin-son away. There's still lots to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, explore the gorgeous colors at USS Emmons, head off the coast to Minnajima Island, and relax in the rural setting at Aiai Farm.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Motobu-cho day trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Ishigaki to Motobu-cho takes 5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 2:

Hiroshima

— 3 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima online visit planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Motobu-cho to Hiroshima takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Motobu-cho in October, with highs in Hiroshima at 26°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 2 — 5:

Himeji

— 1 night
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and then make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Himeji tour planning website.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. October in Himeji sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 6:

Kyoto

— 6 nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, &more) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, wander the streets of Gion, and contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kyoto sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Kyoto are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can fly to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 12:

Hakone-machi

— 4 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakone-machi: Asaya Winery (in Koshu), Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi) and Susono (Keigashima Canyon & Kazurayama Castle Ruins). The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, get engrossed in the history at Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi day trip site.

Fly from Kyoto to Hakone-machi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kyoto in October: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature · Parks · Baths · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 12 — 16:

Tokyo

— 6 nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama) and Yokohama Museum of Art (in Minatomirai). Have a day of magic on the 22nd (Sat) at Tokyo Disneyland. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and take a stroll through Ginza.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo travel route planning site.

Do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can catch the train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 16 — 22:

Matsumoto

— 5 nights
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Explore Matsumoto's surroundings by going to Mt. Nagamine (in Azumino), Snow Monkey Resorts (in Nagano) and Takayama (Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, Takayama Jinya, &more). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Chogatake, gain insight at Suzuki Shin-ichi Talent Education Institute, and see the interesting displays at Matsumoto City Museum.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Matsumoto day trip planning website.

Take a train from Tokyo to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in October; daily highs in Matsumoto reach 21°C and lows reach 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 22 — 27:

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more) and Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Higashichaya Old Town, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, and explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Kanazawa using our trip planner.

Getting from Matsumoto to Kanazawa by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. October in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 27 — 31:

Nagasaki

— 4 nights

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Explore Nagasaki's surroundings by going to Chimachibo Park (in Takeo) and Huis Ten Bosch (in Sasebo). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, and see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Nagasaki vacation planner.

Fly from Kanazawa to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 20°C in Nagasaki. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 4:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.