41 days in Japan Itinerary

41 days in Japan Itinerary

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41 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Naha
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
4
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
5
Himeji
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
6
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
9
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
10
Sapporo
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: New Delhi

3
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.
Step out of Ishigaki to go to Iriomote-jima and see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape, stroll around Banna Park, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip itinerary planning tool .

New Delhi, India to Ishigaki is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Traveling from New Delhi to Ishigaki, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New Delhi in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 20°C in Ishigaki. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Kondoi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Naha side-trips: Nakijin-son (Aiai Farm, Kouri Ohashi, & more), Motobu-cho (Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, & more) and Nanjo (Sefa-Utaki & Okinawa World Culture Kingdom Gyokusendo). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Shurijo Castle, explore the striking landscape at Cape Manzamo, have some family-friendly fun at Ryuso Studio Chura Bijin, and make a trip to Kokusaidori.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Naha online trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Ishigaki to Naha in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Naha

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Nakijin-son, Onna-son, Nanjo, St. Clara Church
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagasaki: Onyoku Museum (in Saikai) and Sasebo (Huis Ten Bosch & Mt. Yumihari). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sofukuji Temple, and step off the mainland to explore Hashima Island.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Nagasaki trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Naha to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. When traveling from Naha in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Nagasaki, with highs around 11°C, while nights are colder with lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sasebo, Onyoku Museum
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

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: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima), Ohara Museum of Art (in Kurashiki) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and head outdoors with Paddle Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Ohara Museum of Art
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Daisen Outlook (in Mimasaka), Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama) and Mt. Kuma (in Bizen). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Himeji journey builder tool .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mt. Kuma, Mt. Takamikura, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Daisen Outlook, Kunimi no Mori Park
Highlights from your plan
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

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 Kyoto's surroundings by going to Osaka (Osaka Castle & Dotonbori) and Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, take a stroll through Gion, and steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online tour planner .

Take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

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

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine (in Fujinomiya), Reijin Brewery (in Suwa) and Mt. Mano (in Shizuoka). There's lots more to do: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and examine the collection at Ikeda museum of 20th century art.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Fujikawaguchiko-machi vacation planner .

Getting from Kyoto to Fujikawaguchiko-machi by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Kyoto in January, you will find days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi are slightly colder (5°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Ikeda museum of 20th century art, Mount Fuji, Reijin Brewery, Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo sightseeing planner .

Getting from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in January, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 1°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

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
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: Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha (in Hida), Takayama (Takayama Jinya, Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), & more) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses). And it doesn't end there: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Kanazawa Station, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip planning site .

Take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in January: highs in Kanazawa hover around 7°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

3
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.
Explore Sapporo's surroundings by going to Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho) and Otaru (Otaru Canal & JR Otaru Station). The adventure continues: stroll around Odori Park, steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower, get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and don't miss a visit to Sapporo TV Tower.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Sapporo day trip planning website .

Getting from Kanazawa to Sapporo by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In January, Sapporo is little chillier than Kanazawa - with highs of -3°C and lows of -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Otaru, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

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