40 days in Japan Itinerary

40 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan holiday planner

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Fly
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Naha
— 4 nights
Drive
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Motobu-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Amami
— 3 nights
Fly to Kagoshima Airport, Drive to Kirishima
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Kirishima
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ibusuki
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kagoshima
— 2 nights
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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
Train
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Kumamoto
— 2 nights
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Fukuoka
— 12 nights
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Ishigaki

— 3 nights
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.
Spend 10th (Fri) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kondoi Beach, and take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki route maker.

Albuquerque, USA to Ishigaki is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 16 hours traveling from Albuquerque to Ishigaki. Traveling from Albuquerque in February, you will find days in Ishigaki are somewhat warmer (71°F), and nights are much hotter (62°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Miyakojima

— 2 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 11th (Sat), kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, then snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, and then snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Yonaha Maehama Beach, then snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, and then don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Miyakojima online journey planner.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. February in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Naha.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Naha

— 4 nights

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Onna-son (Scuba & Snorkeling & Cape Manzamo), Okinawa Peace Memorial Park (in Itoman) and Sefa-Utaki (in Nanjo). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, don't miss a visit to Kokusaidori, buy something for everyone on your list at San-A Naha Main Place, and appreciate the views at Valley of Gangala.

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Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Naha takes 2.5 hours. In February in Naha, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Motobu-cho

— 3 nights
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Motobu-cho: Kouri Ohashi (in Nakijin-son) and Atelier43 (in Nago). There's still lots to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, head outdoors with Mt. Yaedake, go for a walk through Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, and experience rural life at Aiai Farm.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Motobu-cho vacation maker website.

Traveling by car from Naha to Motobu-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Naha in February, Motobu-cho is slightly colder at night with lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Amami.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Amami

— 3 nights
Set on the island of Amami Oshima, the city of Amami serves as an oasis for tourists.
Step out of Amami with an excursion to Kurasaki Beach in Tatsugo-cho--about 42 minutes away. Spend the 21st (Tue) exploring nature at Mangrove Primeval Forest. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Ohama Seaside Park, walk around Cape Ayamaru Kanko Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tomori Beach, and look for gifts at Big 2.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Amami travel website.

Getting from Motobu-cho to Amami by car takes about 12 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Amami can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Kirishima.

Things to do in Amami

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Kirishima

— 2 nights
The city of Kirishima, established in 2005 by the merging of several smaller towns, makes a popular base for exploring the volcanic mountain range of the surrounding national park.
On the 23rd (Thu), soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, then don't miss a visit to Kareigawa Station, and then don't miss a visit to Kagoshima Airport (KOJ). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Kirishima Distillery, then admire the sheer force of Maruo Falls, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kirishima Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kagoshima Jingu Shrine.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kirishima day trip app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Amami to Kirishima. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Amami in February: highs in Kirishima hover around 52°F, while lows dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Ibusuki.

Things to do in Kirishima

Historic Sites · Spas · Baths · Parks

Ibusuki

— 2 nights
A coastal place of relaxation, Ibusuki stands as a hot spring resort on the southern tip of the peninsula.
On the 25th (Sat), make a trip to Chiran Samurai Residence Garden, brush up on your military savvy at Chiran Peace Museum, and then pause for some photo ops at JR Southernmost Nishioyama Station. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Cape Nagasakibana, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kaimondake, and then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Ibusuki day trip website.

Traveling by car from Kirishima to Ibusuki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kirishima in February since evenings lows in Ibusuki dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Ibusuki

Spas · Scenic Drive · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Kagoshima

— 2 nights

Naples of the East

Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): make a trip to Kagoshima Chuo Station, then see the interesting displays at Museum of the Meiji Restoration, then don't miss a visit to Tenmonkan, and finally pause for some photo ops at Saigo Takamori Statue. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy breathtaking views from Shiroyama Observatory, steep yourself in history at Sengan-en, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Kagoshima City Aquarium.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kagoshima trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Ibusuki to Kagoshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a train. Traveling from Ibusuki in February, Kagoshima is a bit cooler at night with lows of 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Nagasaki

— 2 nights

City of Peace

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. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Megane Bridge, examine the collection at Dejima, then admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, and finally make a trip to Shinchi Chinatown.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki trip planner.

Getting from Kagoshima to Nagasaki by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 51°F in February, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Kumamoto

— 2 nights
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Kumamoto Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kato Shrine, then admire the masterpieces at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, and finally get engrossed in the history at Sakuranobaba Johsaien. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to JR Kumamoto Station, don't miss a visit to Kumamon Square, then stroll around Suizenji Jojuen Garden, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Shimotori Shotengai.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kumamoto trip itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Kumamoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. In March, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Fukuoka

— 12 nights

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fukuoka: Kitakyushu (Kyushu Railway History Museum, Mojiko Retro, &more), Dazaifu (Komyozen-ji Temple, Dazaifu Tenman-gu, &more) and Nanzoin (in Sasaguri-machi). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shikaumi Shrine, take in the pleasant sights at Ohori Park, and admire the striking features of Hakata Station.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka trip planner.

Getting from Kumamoto to Fukuoka by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in March, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.