46 days in Japan Itinerary

46 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan route planner

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Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly to New Chitose, Train to Kutchan-cho
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Kutchan-cho
— 4 nights
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Drive to New Chitose Airport, Fly to Toyama Airport, Drive to Nozawaonsen-mura
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Nozawaonsen-mura
— 2 nights
Drive
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Shirakawa-mura
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Iriomote-jima
— 4 nights
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Yakushima-cho
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Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
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Ferry to Kagoshima, Train to Kumamoto, Drive to Takachiho-cho
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Takachiho-cho
— 4 nights
Taxi to Bungoogi, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
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Ise
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple and Asakusa Shrine. Do some cultural sightseeing at Zojo-ji Temple and Senso-ji Temple. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple & Kōtoku-in), Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 (in Minatomirai) and Yokohama (Yokohama Chinatown & Sankeien Gardens). And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, and have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo journey planner.

New York City, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Tokyo is 14 hours. In March, Tokyo is a bit warmer than New York City - with highs of 58°F and lows of 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 2 — 8:

Kutchan-cho

— 4 nights
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Niseko Tokyu Grand HIRAFU and Rusutsu Resort Ski. Take a break from the city and head to Niseko Hanazono Resort and Niseko Outdoor Center. Change things up with these side-trips from Kutchan-cho: Cape Kamui (in Shakotan-cho) and Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho). Next up on the itinerary: fly down the slopes at Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Yotei.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kutchan-cho day trip planning website.

Getting from Tokyo to Kutchan-cho by combination of flight and train takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in March: highs in Kutchan-cho hover around 35°F, while lows dip to 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nozawaonsen-mura.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 8 — 12:

Nozawaonsen-mura

— 2 nights
Many visitors take a trip to Nozawaonsen-mura, a picturesque hot spring village in Nagano Prefecture, to get away from it all.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): stroll through Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, soak in some Japanese tradition at Nozawa Onsen, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kijimadaira Ski Resort. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, then fly down the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, and then fly down the slopes at Shiga Kogen.

To see maps and tourist information, go to the Nozawaonsen-mura trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kutchan-cho to Nozawaonsen-mura. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kutchan-cho in March: high temperatures in Nozawaonsen-mura hover around 50°F and lows are around 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Nozawaonsen-mura

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 12 — 14:

Shirakawa-mura

— 2 nights
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then get great views at Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, and finally contemplate the long history of Wada House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Kanda house and then contemplate the long history of Shirakawago.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Shirakawa-mura trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Nozawaonsen-mura to Shirakawa-mura takes 4 hours. March in Shirakawa-mura sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 14 — 16:

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Cape Hirakubozaki. Get in touch with nature at Kondoi Beach and Yonehara Beach. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, stroll around Kabira Park, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki road trip website.

You can fly from Shirakawa-mura to Ishigaki in 6.5 hours. Traveling from Shirakawa-mura in March, things will get much warmer in Ishigaki: highs are around 73°F and lows about 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 16 — 21:

Iriomote-jima

— 4 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Ida no Hama Beach. Visiting Hoshisuna Beach and Barasu Island will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, stroll through Nakama-river Protected Region, head off the coast to Iriomote Island, and look for all kinds of wild species at Funauki Village.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes 1.5 hours. March in Iriomote-jima sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 25:

Yakushima-cho

— 3 nights
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Oko no Taki Fall. Get outdoors at Yakusugi Land and Seibu Trail. There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Yakushima-cho road trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Yakushima-cho takes 10 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Iriomote-jima in March: high temperatures in Yakushima-cho hover around 63°F and lows are around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 28:

Takachiho-cho

— 4 nights
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Takachiho Shrine and Amano Iwato Shrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Takachiho Gorge and Nabegataki Falls. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Takachiho-cho: Daikanbo Lookout (in Aso), Shirakawa Springs (in Minamiaso-mura) and Kurokawa Onsen (in Minamioguni-machi). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Manai Falls, get impressive views of Mt. Aso, and take in the pleasant sights at Amano Yasugawara.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Takachiho-cho trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry, train, and car from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Takachiho-cho when traveling from Yakushima-cho in March, with lows around 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 28 — Apr 1:

Hiroshima

— 4 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Daishoin Temple and Shukkei-en Garden. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Senjokaku and Senkoji & Senkoji Park. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Tomo no Ura (in Fukuyama) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima road trip planning website.

Do a combination of taxi and train from Takachiho-cho to Hiroshima in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In April in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 1 — 5:

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tenryuji Temple and Yasaka Shrine. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Dotombori District in Dotombori--about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, and don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary site.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 5 — 11:

Nachikatsura-cho

— 2 nights
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
On the 12th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikura Shrine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hayatama Taisha. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seiganto-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Nachikatsura-cho online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nachikatsura-cho when traveling from Kyoto in April, with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 11 — 13:

Ise

— 2 nights
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi, then examine the collection at Okageza, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Futami Okitama Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine, then get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyominomiya.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Ise attractions planner.

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Ise in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In April in Ise, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 15:

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.