45 days in Japan Itinerary

45 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Sapporo
— 8 nights
Fly
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Akita
— 8 nights
Fly to Chūbu Centrair, Train to Takayama
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Takayama
— 4 nights
Drive
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Mino
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 13 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
Fly to Akita Airport, Drive to Oga
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Oga
— 2 nights
Drive to Akita Airport, Fly to Sydney

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Sapporo — 8 nights

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.
Explore Sapporo's surroundings by going to Jigokudani (in Noboribetsu), Rusutsu Resort Ski (in Rusutsu-mura) and Niseko Tokyu Grand HIRAFU (in Kutchan-cho). The adventure continues: walk around Odori Park, take a stroll through Susukino, explore the activities along Otaru Canal, and contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sapporo day trip planning app.

Tokyo to Sapporo is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in June; daily highs in Sapporo reach 20°C and lows reach 19°C. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Akita.
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Find places to stay Jun 1 — 9:

Akita — 8 nights

The coastal city of Akita has gained a wider reputation for its Kanto Matsuri, or "pole lantern festival," where skilled performers balance long bamboo poles on their foreheads with glowing paper lanterns attached to the end.
Get out of town with these interesting Akita side-trips: Gojome-machi (Gojome Castle Forest Museum & Akita Environmental and Cultural Village), Semboku (Tatsuko no Kagamiishi, Lake Tazawa, &more) and Oga (Namahage Museum & Mt. Kampu). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Senshu Park, head outdoors with Mt.Moriyoshi ANI SKI RESORT, take in the spiritual surroundings of Akita Prefecture Gokoku Shrine, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tsuchizaki Catholic Church.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Akita itinerary builder.

Fly from Sapporo to Akita in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Sapporo in June, expect nights in Akita to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 27°C. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Takayama.
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Find places to stay Jun 9 — 17:

Takayama — 4 nights

Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Change things up with these side-trips from Takayama: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, &more) and Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, get answers to all your questions at Mont Deus Hidakuraiyama Michi-no-Eki, browse the eclectic array of goods at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, and get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato).

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Takayama trip app.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Akita to Takayama takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Takayama are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Mino.
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Find places to stay Jun 17 — 21:

Mino — 2 nights

Mino is a city located in the Gifu Prefecture of central Japan, founded on April 1, 1954.As of July 2011, the city has an estimated population of 22,447 and a population density of 190 persons per km². Change things up with these side-trips from Mino: Mt. Ibuki (in Maibara), Seki (Monet’s Pond & Nemichi Shrine) and Nabana no Sato (in Kuwana). There's still lots to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at World Fresh Water Aquarium Aquatotto Gifu, pause for some photo ops at Enkunyujozuka, appreciate the extensive heritage of Miroku-ji Temple Kangaisekigun, and revel in the low prices at Toki Premium Outlets.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Mino online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Takayama to Mino in 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 23°C. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.
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Kyoto — 13 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori), Hirakata Park (in Hirakata) and Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, SpaWorld, &more). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple.

Discover how to plan a Kyoto trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Mino to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.
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Find places to stay Jun 23 — Jul 6:

Hiroshima — 5 nights

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, &more), Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni) and Matsuyama (Matsuyama Castle & Thermal Spas). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, don't miss a visit to Okonomimura, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Oga.
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Find places to stay Jul 6 — 11:

Oga — 2 nights

Oga is a city located in Akita Prefecture, Japan.As of May 2015, the city has an estimated population of 29,318, and a population density of 122 persons per km2. To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Oga trip itinerary builder site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hiroshima to Oga. Traveling from Hiroshima in July, expect Oga to be little chillier, temps between 30°C and 24°C. You'll set off for home on the 14th (Thu).
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Find places to stay Jul 11 — 14:

Japan travel guide

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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.
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