40 days in Japan Itinerary

40 days in Japan Itinerary

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40 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  14​h
1
Naha
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  5​h 15​min
3
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h
4
Himeji
— 2 nights
Train:  45​min
5
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
6
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Sapporo
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Matsumoto
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Brisbane

4
nights
Naha

Naha ©
Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naha: Motobu-cho (Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park & Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium), Onna-son (Scuba & Snorkeling & Cape Manzamo) and Nanjo (Sefa-Utaki & Okinawa World Culture Kingdom Gyokusendo). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, appreciate the history behind Heiwa no Ishiji, don't miss a visit to Nakijin Castle Ruins, and get your game on at Ryuso Studio Chura Bijin.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Naha trip maker tool .

Brisbane, Australia to Naha is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Naha is minus 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Brisbane in February: high temperatures in Naha hover around 22°C and lows are around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Naha

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Nakijin-son, Onna-son, Motobu-cho, Nanjo, Haebaru Town Museum
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, stop by Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ishigaki online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Naha to Ishigaki takes 3 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Kurashiki (Ohara Museum of Art & Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima) and Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see maps, reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Ishigaki in February: high temperatures in Hiroshima hover around 11°C and lows are around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kurashiki, Hatsukaichi, Okayama Korakuen Garden
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru. On the next day, stroll around Kunimi no Mori Park, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jodoji Temple, and finally snap pictures at Akashi Kaikyo Bridge.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Himeji day trip app .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in February, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Kunimi no Mori Park, Jodoji Temple, Mt. Takamikura, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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: Osaka (Osaka Castle & Dotonbori) and Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, stop by Fuuka-Kimono, and take a stroll through Gion.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto visit planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. February in Kyoto sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

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
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 (Wada House, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more) and Aratama Valley (in Komatsu). The adventure continues: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, and explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip itinerary builder site .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in February, you will find days in Kanazawa are a bit cooler (7°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Sapporo side-trips: Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place (in Kutchan-cho), Rusutsu Resort Ski (in Rusutsu-mura) and Otaru Canal (in Otaru). The adventure continues: walk around Odori Park, hit the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Moiwa, and take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura).

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sapporo online trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Kanazawa to Sapporo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Kanazawa in February, expect Sapporo to be a bit cooler, temps between -1°C and -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Rusutsu Resort Ski, Otaru Canal, Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place
Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

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 Yabuhara Kogen Ski Area (in Kiso-mura), Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha (in Hida) and Kiso Fukushima Ski Resort (in Kiso-machi). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at Yamada Farm, Yamaboku Wild Snow Park. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, admire the masterpieces at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, and get outside with Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Matsumoto vacation planner.

Getting from Sapporo to Matsumoto by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. When traveling from Sapporo in February, plan for somewhat warmer days in Matsumoto, with highs around 4°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Takayama, Nagano, Kiso Fukushima Ski Resort, Yabuhara Kogen Ski Area, Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha
Highlights from your plan
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ©
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Keigashima Canyon (in Susono), Hakone-machi (Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), The Hakone Open-Air Museum, &more) and Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine (in Fujinomiya). Spend the 8th (Sun) exploring nature at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. There's lots more to do: stroll through Mount Fuji, examine the collection at Ikeda museum of 20th century art, and explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi.

To see more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi online trip maker .

You can drive from Matsumoto to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Matsumoto in March since evenings lows in Fujikawaguchiko-machi dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Keigashima Canyon, Ikeda museum of 20th century art, Mount Fuji, Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Skytree, wander the streets of Odaiba, and get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo driving holiday planner .

Getting from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in March, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to 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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