39 days in Japan Itinerary

39 days in Japan Itinerary

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39 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: George Town, Penang Island
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Matsumoto
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  45​min
7
Himeji
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
8
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
9
Nagasaki
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: George Town, Penang Island

4
nights
Ishigaki

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.
When in Ishigaki, make a side trip to see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Iriomote-jima, approximately 1h 55 min away. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Nosoko, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Ishigaki journey builder app .

George Town, Malaysia to Ishigaki is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from George Town to Ishigaki is 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

5
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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, and take a stroll through Odaiba.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip website .

Fly from Ishigaki to Tokyo in 5 hours. While traveling from Ishigaki, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Urayasu
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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.
Explore Fujikawaguchiko-machi's surroundings by going to Ikeda museum of 20th century art (in Ito), Hakone-machi (Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), The Hakone Open-Air Museum, & more) and Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine (in Fujinomiya). There's much more to do: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi, and get great views at Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Nature Parks Baths

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, Mount Fuji, Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck, Ikeda museum of 20th century art
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi

4
nights
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
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.
Explore Matsumoto's surroundings by going to Nagano (Zenko-ji Temple & Togakushi Shrine Okusha) and Takayama (Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, Sanmachi Suji, & more). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hotaka Mountain Range, explore the world behind art at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, and deepen your understanding at Suzuki Shin-ichi Talent Education Institute.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Matsumoto online vacation maker .

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Matsumoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Matsumoto when traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in November, with lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Takayama, Nagano, Hotaka Mountain Range
Highlights from your plan
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
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: Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, & more), Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple (in Eiheiji-cho) and Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Matsumoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Osaka (Dotonbori & Osaka Castle) and Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Gion, contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. November in Kyoto sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Himeji: Daisen Outlook (in Mimasaka), Bizen (Hattoji Furusatomura, Mt. Kuma, & more) and Nishiharima Observatory Park (in Sayo-cho). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Himeji attractions planner .

Take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. November in Himeji sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bizen, Mt. Takamikura, Daisen Outlook, Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Nishiharima Observatory Park
Highlights from your plan
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Kosanji Temple (in Onomichi), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima) and Senseki Garden (in Higashihiroshima). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

Start your trip to Hiroshima by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can catch the train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kosanji Temple, Senseki Garden
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nagasaki: Yusui Garden Shimeisou (in Shimabara) and Huis Ten Bosch (in Sasebo). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, stroll around Nagao Castle Park, contemplate the long history of Glover Garden, and stroll through Nagasaki Peace Park.

For photos and more tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki online route maker .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Nagasaki sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 7°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Huis Ten Bosch, Nagao Castle Park, Yusui Garden Shimeisou
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch

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