41 days in Japan Itinerary

41 days in Japan Itinerary

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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
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Nagasaki
— 3 nights
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Koya-cho
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 5 nights

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter (in Kurashiki), Hatsukaichi (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Miyajima, &more) and Momijidani Park (in Miyajima). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, and appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip planner.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Hiroshima is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Abu Dhabi to Hiroshima is 5 hours. In November, Hiroshima is colder than Abu Dhabi - with highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

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Island
Miyajima
4.8
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World heritage site
Itsukushima Shrine
4.7

3
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Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo (about 1h 15 min away). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, and see the interesting displays at Dejima.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

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Theme Park
Huis Ten Bosch
3.6
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Garden
Glover Garden
4.1

5
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Osaka

Osaka ©
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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, &more) and Himeji (Koko-en, Himeji Castle, &more). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, capture your vacation like a pro with Photoguider-Japan, and get a taste of the local shopping with Dotombori District.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka tour itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Nagasaki to Osaka in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Nagasaki in November since evenings lows in Osaka dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Tours · Parks

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Castle
Osaka Castle
4.0
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World heritage site
Himeji Castle
4.5

4
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Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Koya-cho: Kuriyama Family Residence (in Gojo), Katsuragi Highlands (in Gose) and Mitarai Valley (in Tenkawa-mura).

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Koya-cho tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Osaka to Koya-cho by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. December in Koya-cho sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

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Religious Site
Kongobu-ji Temple
4.6
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Mountain
Mt. Koya
4.6
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Historic Site
Koyasan Danjo Garan
4.6

6
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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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, take a stroll through Gion, and take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto holiday planning site.

You can drive from Koya-cho to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Koya-cho in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Kyoto, with lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping
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Neighborhood
Arashiyama
4.3

5
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Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Venture out of the city with trips to Takayama (Takayama Jinya, Wine Tours & Tastings, &more), Komatsu (Natadera Temple & Aratama Valley) and Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa tour builder site.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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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.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Tokyo Tower, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary builder tool.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In December in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

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Architectural Building
Tokyo Tower
4.2

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Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Explore Hakone-machi's surroundings by going to Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Itchiku Kubota Art Museum & Lake Kawaguchi) and Fujiyoshida (Chureito Pagoda & Nishiura). Spend the 28th (Mon) exploring nature at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and get the adrenaline pumping with Fun2Drive.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hakone-machi sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in December, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around 5°C, while days are little chillier, around 8°C. On the 31st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Water Body
Lake Kawaguchi
4.5
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Water Body
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
4.1

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