45 days in Japan Itinerary

45 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan route planner
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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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Rusutsu Resort Ski (in Rusutsu-mura), Niseko Tokyu Grand HIRAFU (in Kutchan-cho) and Jigokudani (in Noboribetsu). There's lots more to do: walk around Odori Park, stop by Susukino, get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Sapporo trip itinerary maker website.

Tokyo to Sapporo is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in August: high temperatures in Sapporo hover around 27°C and lows are around 25°C. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Akita.
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Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 8:

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 still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Akita Museum Of Art, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tsuchizaki Catholic Church, take in nature's colorful creations at Senshu Park, and examine the collection at Akita city Minzoku Geinou Densho-kan.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Akita trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Sapporo to Akita by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Sapporo in September, you will find days in Akita are a bit warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). On the 16th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Takayama.
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Find places to stay Sep 8 — 16:

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.
Explore Takayama's surroundings by going to Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, &more) and Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, see the interesting displays at Fujii Art Gallery (Fujii Bijutsu Mingei-Kan), hit the slopes at Mont Deus Hidakuraiyama Michi-no-Eki, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Takayama holiday planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Akita to Takayama in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Takayama are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Mino.
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Find places to stay Sep 16 — 20:

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. Explore Mino's surroundings by going to Seki (Monet’s Pond & Nemichi Shrine), Mt. Ibuki (in Maibara) and Nabana no Sato (in Kuwana). There's lots more to do: meet the residents at World Fresh Water Aquarium Aquatotto Gifu, appreciate the history behind Enkunyujozuka, get to know the fascinating history of Miroku-ji Temple Kangaisekigun, and revel in the low prices at Toki Premium Outlets.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Mino trip maker app.

You can drive from Takayama to Mino in 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Mino are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay Sep 20 — 22:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori), Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, SpaWorld, &more) and Hirakata Park (in Hirakata). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, wander the streets of Arashiyama, and make a trip to Nijo Castle.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mino to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. When traveling from Mino in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.
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Find places to stay Sep 22 — Oct 5:

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 Matsuyama (Matsuyama Castle & Thermal Spas), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, &more) and Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni). The adventure continues: make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Hiroshima by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Oga.
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Find places to stay Oct 5 — 10:

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. Take the guesswork out of planning a Oga vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from Hiroshima to Oga with the Route module. Traveling from Hiroshima in October, things will get little chillier in Oga: highs are around 19°C and lows about 11°C. On the 13th (Thu), you're off to home.
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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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