47 days in Japan Itinerary

47 days in Japan Itinerary

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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
— 3 nights
Bus to Furujima, Fly to Nagasaki
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Nagasaki
— 3 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Fly
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Matsumoto
— 5 nights
Train
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Fly
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Sapporo
— 5 nights
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
Train to Odawara, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi
— 5 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.
Go for a jaunt from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima to see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours about 1h 55 min away. Spend 20th (Mon) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, explore the gorgeous colors at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, look for gifts at Ibaruma Farm Fruits Chokubaijo, and stroll around Kabira Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki trip itinerary app.

Sydney, Australia to Ishigaki is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Ishigaki is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Sydney in September, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Ishigaki: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 15 — 20:

Motobu-cho

— 3 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.
Step out of Motobu-cho with an excursion to Kouri Ohashi in Nakijin-son--about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, go for a walk through Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, tour the pleasant surroundings at Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, and see the vivid underwater world at Sesoko Labyrinth.

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Do a combination of flight and ferry from Ishigaki to Motobu-cho in 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 20 — 23:

Nagasaki

— 3 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.
Nagasaki is known for museums, parks, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, stroll through Nagasaki Peace Park, and take advantage of the amenities at Takahama Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Nagasaki road trip planning tool.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Motobu-cho to Nagasaki in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Motobu-cho in September, expect Nagasaki to be a bit cooler, temps between 32°C and 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Itsukushima Shrine, &more) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip builder app.

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (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 Sep 26 — 29:

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 30th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Himeji Castle, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and then make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Himeji trip planning app.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. September in Himeji sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 29 — 30:

Kyoto

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Osaka (Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan & Universal Studios Japan). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and wander the streets of Arashiyama.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip maker.

Getting from Himeji to Kyoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Himeji in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Kyoto, with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 5:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Matsumoto: Yashimagahara Marsh (in Shimosuwa-machi), Snow Monkey Resorts (in Nagano) and Takayama (Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, Takayama Jinya, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hotaka Mountain Range, relax and rejuvenate at Zuisho Matsumotokan, and admire the masterpieces at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Matsumoto day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Matsumoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, Matsumoto is slightly colder than Kyoto - with highs of 21°C and lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 10:

Kanazawa

— 5 nights
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: Ishikawa Jumoku Park (in Hakusan), Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more) and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, walk around Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station, and explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa road trip site.

Getting from Matsumoto to Kanazawa by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can fly to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 10 — 15:

Sapporo

— 5 nights

CIty of Ramen

A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sapporo: Otaru (Tomioka Catholic Church & Otaru Canal) and Noboribetsu (Noboribetsu Date Historic Village & Jigokudani). There's still lots to do: stroll around Odori Park, wander the streets of Susukino, get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, and take some stellar pictures from Sapporo TV Tower.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Sapporo trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Kanazawa to Sapporo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Kanazawa in October; daily highs in Sapporo reach 15°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 20:

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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tokyo online journey planner.

You can fly from Sapporo to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In October, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Sapporo - with highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 20 — 26:

Hakone-machi

— 5 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hakone-machi: Fujiyoshida (Arayayama Shrine Okumiya & Mt. Shakushi), Izu (Baird Brewery Gardens Shuzenji & Joren Waterfall) and Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Fuji, see the interesting displays at Hakone Venetian Glass Museum, indulge in some personalized pampering at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun, and admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum.

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You can do a combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Tokyo in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 26 — 31:

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.