39 days in Japan Itinerary

39 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
2
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
3
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
4
Himeji
— 4 nights
5
Kyoto
— 5 nights
6
Nagoya
— 4 nights
7
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
8
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
9
Tokyo
— 6 nights

3
nights
Ishigaki

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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Ishigaki road trip planning website.

Surabaya, Indonesia to Ishigaki is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Western Indonesia Time (WIB) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Surabaya in May: highs in Ishigaki hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

3
nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagasaki: Huis Ten Bosch (in Sasebo) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Amakusa). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sōfuku-ji Temple, kick back and relax at Takahama Beach, and examine the collection at Dejima.

Before you visit Nagasaki, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Nagasaki takes 6.5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in May, things will get a bit cooler in Nagasaki: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Huis Ten Bosch, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Nagao Castle Park
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, &more) and Matsuyama Castle (in Matsuyama). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima holiday maker.

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in May, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Matsuyama Castle
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

4
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Himeji: Chizushuku (in Chizu-cho), Kunimi no Mori Park (in Shiso) and Nishiharima Observatory Park (in Sayo-cho). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, identify plant and animal life at Hattoji Furusatomura, take a peaceful walk through Tatsunokuchi Green Shower Forest, and don't miss a visit to Nishi no Maru Nagatsubone.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Himeji driving holiday planning tool.

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around °C in June, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Okayama, Chizushuku, Mt. Takamikura, Hattoji Furusatomura, Kunimi no Mori Park
Highlights from your plan
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

5
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
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) and Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip maker tool.

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trip

Osaka
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

4
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nagoya: Toba (Mikimoto Pearl Island & Toba Aquarium), Ise (Okageza & Ise Grand Shrine) and Chubu Park (in Toin-cho). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, pause for some serene contemplation at Nunoike Catholic Cathedral, make a trip to Nagoya Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine.

Before you visit Nagoya, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Nagoya: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Toba, Ise, Ama Shippoyaki Art Village, Chubu Park
Highlights from your plan
Chubu Park ©
Chubu Park
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Nagoya to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Kanazawa are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

4
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Hirasawa Pass (in Minamimaki-mura), Hokuto (Yatsugatake Kogen Bridge & Kawamata Higashi Canyon Shizen Kansatsuen) and Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck (in Yamanakako-mura). Spend the 22nd (Sat) exploring nature at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Pack the 24th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Fuji-Q Highland. There's more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji and explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi itinerary maker app.

Drive from Kanazawa to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Kanazawa in June, expect nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi to be about the same, around °C, while days are slightly colder, around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Hokuto, Hirasawa Pass, Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Fuji-Q Highland, Mount Fuji
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park ©
Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park

6
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
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.
Have a day of magic on the 28th (Fri) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

Getting from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in June: highs in Tokyo hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. On the 30th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Highlights from your plan
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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