41 days in Japan Itinerary

41 days in Japan Itinerary

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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
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Naha
— 4 nights
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Motobu-cho
— 3 nights
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Kagoshima
— 1 night
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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Sapporo
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Ishigaki

— 5 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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, walk around Banna Park, make a trip to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki online attractions planner.

Mumbai, India to Ishigaki is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 3.5 hour difference. Traveling from Mumbai in December, you will find days in Ishigaki are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Naha: American Village (in Chatan-cho), Itoman (Himeyuri Peace Museum, Heiwa no Ishiji, &more) and Onna-son (Scuba & Snorkeling & Cape Manzamo). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, soothe aching muscles at Yoga Shanti, get to know the fascinating history of Naminoue-gu Shrine, and don't miss a visit to Kokusaidori.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Naha vacation builder site.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Naha in 3.5 hours. Another option is to fly. In December, daytime highs in Naha are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Naha

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Motobu-cho: Nakijin-son (Kouri Ohashi & Kouri Ocean Tower) and Ishiyama Viewing Platform (in Ogimi-son). There's lots more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, have unforgettable encounters with TEERA SCUBA VENTURES, OKINAWA, don't miss a visit to Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, and see the interesting displays at Oceanic Culture Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Motobu-cho tour builder app.

Drive from Naha to Motobu-cho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or ride a ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Naha in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 13°C in Motobu-cho. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kagoshima

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): go for a walk through Sengan-en, then explore the world behind art at Nagashima Museum, then get impressive views of Sakurajima, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Kagoshima Prefectural Office Observation Lobby.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kagoshima trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Motobu-cho to Kagoshima takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In January, Kagoshima is slightly colder than Motobu-cho - with highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · 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 6th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sōfuku-ji Temple, stop by Ishimaru Bunkoudou, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catholic Church Hongouchi, then examine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and finally stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park. Keep things going the next day: take in the views from Megane Bridge, stroll around Nabekanmuriyama Park, make a trip to Glover Garden, then ponder the world of politics at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Inasayama Observation Deck.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki online tour planner.

You can take a train from Kagoshima to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. In January, daily temperatures in Nagasaki can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Hiroshima

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): look for gifts at Itsukushima Gekijyo, then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Nagasaki to Hiroshima by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Yoneda Taishiji Temple (in Takasago), Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en) and Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin, Mt. Koya, &more). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, admire the striking features of Kuchu Teien Observatory, get a taste of the local shopping with Dotombori District, and identify plant and animal life at Nara Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka road trip tool.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In January in Osaka, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 5 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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, appreciate the extensive heritage of Katsura Imperial Villa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, and wander the streets of Arashiyama.

Plan trip to Kyoto with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or 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 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): surround yourself with nature on In Kanazawa House, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, don't miss a visit to Neagarimatsu, then stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, then don't miss a visit to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Dolls Museum, admire the striking features of Tsuzumi Gate, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, then visit Higashichaya Old Town, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Yachiya Sake Brewery.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa online attractions planner.

Drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Tokyo

— 6 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo DisneySea & Tokyo Disneyland). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip maker.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. When traveling from Kanazawa in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Sapporo

— 5 nights

CIty of Ramen

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: Otaru (Otaru Canal & Tomioka Catholic Church), Kitahiroshima Cycling Road (in Kitahiroshima) and Noboribetsu (Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, Jigokudani, &more). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Odori Park, steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower, hike along Maruyama Hachijuhakksho Hiking Course, and take in panoramic vistas at Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sapporo trip itinerary planning site.

Fly from Tokyo to Sapporo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in January: highs in Sapporo hover around -3°C, while lows dip to -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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.