41 days in Japan Itinerary

41 days in Japan Itinerary

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41 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Copenhagen
Fly + train:  17​h 45​min
1
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train:  45​min
3
Himeji
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
4
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
5
Nagasaki
— 5 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  6​h
6
Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Fly + train:  5​h 30​min
7
Nagoya
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
8
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Copenhagen

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Takayama (Sanmachi Suji, Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, & more) and Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, & more). The adventure continues: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip planning app .

Copenhagen, Denmark to Kanazawa is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Japan Standard Time is 8 hours. While traveling from Copenhagen, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

6
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 (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle, & more) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and examine the collection at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner .

Take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Todai-ji Temple
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
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 Otsuka Museum of Art (in Naruto), Shikoku Mura Village (in Takamatsu) and Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura, steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden.

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You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April in Himeji, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Otsuka Museum of Art, Mt. Takamikura, Mt. Kuma, Shikoku Mura Village, Okayama Korakuen Garden
Highlights from your plan
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden

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: Matsuyama Castle (in Matsuyama), Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Itsukushima Shrine, & more). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, and steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima online travel planner .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Matsuyama Castle
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nagasaki side-trips: Chimachibo Park (in Takeo), Huis Ten Bosch (in Sasebo) and Yusui Garden Shimeisou (in Shimabara). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, contemplate the long history of Glover Garden, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and walk around Nabekanmuriyama Park.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Nagasaki trip planning app .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Amakusa, Chimachibo Park, Yusui Garden Shimeisou, Nagao Castle Park, Huis Ten Bosch
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

5
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, historic sites, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, and stroll around Kabira Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki journey builder app .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Nagasaki to Ishigaki takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Nagasaki in April, with highs in Ishigaki at 30°C and lows at 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal ©
Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal

5
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Explore Nagoya's surroundings by going to Nabana no Sato (in Kuwana), Ise (Okageza, Okage Yokocho, & more) and Chubu Park (in Toin-cho). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Nagoya Castle, examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, meet the residents at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, and step into the grandiose world of Inuyama Castle.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Nagoya trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Nagoya takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Ishigaki in April: high temperatures in Nagoya hover around 19°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Ise, Toba, Ama Shippoyaki Art Village, Chubu Park, Nabana no Sato
Highlights from your plan
Chubu Park ©
Chubu Park
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine

6
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.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get in on the family fun at Tokyo Disneyland, take a stroll through Odaiba, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo vacation planning site .

You can take a train from Nagoya to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Nagoya in April, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 22°C. On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
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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