40 days in Japan Itinerary

40 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 5 nights
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Matsumoto
— 4 nights
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
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Himeji
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Kyoto
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Tokyo

— 5 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 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online tour itinerary planner.

Edmonton, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Edmonton to Tokyo, you'll lose 16 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Edmonton in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 22°C and lows about 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Fujikawaguchiko-machi

— 5 nights
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: Fujinomiya (Fujinomiya Route & Nishiusuzuka Walking Trail), Hakone-machi (Hakone Ropeway, Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), &more) and Gotemba Premium Outlets (in Gotemba). Spend the 6th (Thu) exploring nature at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine, take a memorable drive along Izu Skyline, and admire the masterpieces at Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi day trip planning site.

You can drive from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Matsumoto

— 4 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Matsumoto side-trips: Kaio-in Temple (in Komoro), Takayama (Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), Takayama Jinya, &more) and Azumino Chihiro Park (in Matsukawa-mura). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, walk around Takato Castle Remains Park, stroll the grounds of Koboyama Ancient Tomb, and explore the world behind art at Yoko Nomura Botanical Gallery.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto day trip website.

Getting from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Matsumoto by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in May, you will find days in Matsumoto are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 5 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Venture out of the city with trips to Komatsu (Aratama Valley & Noguchi Naohiko Sake Institute), Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, and stroll around Ishikawa Jumoku Park.

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You can take a train from Matsumoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Matsumoto in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 15°C in Kanazawa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Himeji

— 4 nights
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: Otabu Gyoko Genroku Bohatei (in Bizen), Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama) and Tsuyama Castle (Kakuzan Park) (in Tsuyama). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, take in the pleasant sights at Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura, and walk around Kunimi no Mori Park.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Himeji online travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Himeji takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kanazawa in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 20°C in Himeji. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Daishoin Temple, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Osaka

— 5 nights
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (in Kobe), Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin, Mt. Koya, &more) and Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, &more). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, stop by Jikko Japanese Knife Shop Namba Skyo, contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Osaka travel route planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In May in Osaka, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 6 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.
When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Todai-ji Temple in Nara, approximately Nara away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Arashiyama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and make a trip to Gion.

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

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.