40 days in Japan Itinerary

40 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Takayama
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
5
Toyooka
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Matsue
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  4 h 30 min
8
Yakushima-cho
— 4 nights
Fly:  16 h 30 min
9
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
Ferry:  1 h
10
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
11
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly:  18 h 45 min
End: London

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tokyo National Museum and Yokohama Minato Mirai 21. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Edo-Tokyo Museum and Senso-ji Temple. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Samurai Museum, take a stroll through Takeshita Street, ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, and make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo online trip itinerary planner.

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Tokyo, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from London in June; daily highs in Tokyo reach 30°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Yokohama Minato Mirai 21
Highlights from your plan
Ginza ©
Ginza
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 ©
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21

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 get in some beach time at Chirihama Nagisa Driveway and Gongenmori Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple and Suganuma Gassho Community. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama), Suwa Yakata Remains Garden (in Fukui) and Maruoka Castle (in Sakai). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Ainokura Gassho Community, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daijoji Temple.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Nanto, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Kita Family House
Highlights from your plan
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

3
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Explore hidden gems such as Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen and Wada House. Visit Takayama Jinya and Higashiyama Walking Course for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Takayama: The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses (in Shirakawa-mura) and Norikura Kogen (in Matsumoto). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Soyuji Temple, browse the fresh offerings at Okuhida Fukuji Onsen Asaichi, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Harada Sake Brewery.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Takayama trip planning app.

Getting from Kanazawa to Takayama by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Norikura Kogen
Highlights from your plan
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Norikura Kogen ©
Norikura Kogen
Higashiyama Walking Course ©
Higashiyama Walking Course

4
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.
For shopping fun, head to Dotombori District or Nishiki Market Shopping District. Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji, and wander the streets of Gion.

To find reviews and more tourist information, read Kyoto road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Toyooka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka
Highlights from your plan
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

4
nights
Toyooka

Toyooka ©
A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Himeji Castle and The Sand Museum. Visiting Amanohashidate and Uradome Seacoast Marine Park will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Ine no Funaya (in Ine-cho), Iwami-cho (Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore & Uradome Coast) and Takeda Castle Ruins (in Asago). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Street of Kinosaki Onsen and savor the flavors at Toyooka Sanchoku Magokoro Market.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Toyooka trip maker app.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Toyooka in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. When traveling from Kyoto in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Toyooka: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Matsue.

Things to do in Toyooka

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Iwami-cho, Ine no Funaya, The Sand Museum, Amanohashidate, Himeji Castle
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Ine no Funaya ©
Ine no Funaya
Takeda Castle Ruins ©
Takeda Castle Ruins

4
nights
Matsue

Matsue ©
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Adachi Museum of Art and Former Taisha Station. Step out of the city life by going to Kuniga Bay and Akiya Beach. Explore Matsue's surroundings by going to Jokyu Sea Way Kinnyamonya Center (in Ama-cho), Oki Chibu Red Cliff (in Chibu-mura) and Izumo (Hinomisaki Shrine, Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamosu Shrine and step into the grandiose world of Matsue Castle.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Matsue online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Toyooka to Matsue takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June in Matsue, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Matsue

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Izumo, Ama-cho, Adachi Museum of Art, Kuniga Bay, Oki Chibu Red Cliff
Highlights from your plan
Adachi Museum of Art ©
Adachi Museum of Art
Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine
Hinomisaki Shrine ©
Hinomisaki Shrine

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 24th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Mikasahama Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Miyajima, thencontemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine Torii, and finally steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima route planning app.

You can drive from Matsue to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii

4
nights
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Step off the beaten path and head to Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Yakusugi Land. Get in touch with nature at Oko no Taki Fall and Scuba & Snorkeling. The adventure continues: make a trip to Taikoiwa, take in the awesome beauty at Tachudake, and identify plant and animal life at Anbo River.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Yakushima-cho trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Yakushima-cho in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. In June, daytime highs in Yakushima-cho are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Get outdoors at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Ida no Hama Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Iriomote Island and Pinaisara Falls. And it doesn't end there: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Funauki Village, and take in the dramatic scenery at Nara no Taki Falls.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Iriomote-jima trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Yakushima-cho to Iriomote-jima in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In June, Iriomote-jima is somewhat warmer than Yakushima-cho - with highs of 37°C and lows of 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

2
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.
On the 4th (Thu), get outside with Yonehara Beach, thenvisit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, and then take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory. Keep things going the next day: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, stop by Pinion Direct Shop, and then kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki day trip planning website.

Ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Sunayama Beach and Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Aragusuku Beach and Irabu Ohashi. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and don't miss a visit to Boraga Limestone Cave.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima trip planner.

Fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. In July in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 31°C at night. On the 9th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama

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