42 days in Japan Itinerary

42 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Copenhagen
+3
Fly + Train + Foot + Train:  17 h 45 min
1
Kanazawa
— 6 nights
Drive:  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
Fly:  4 h
6
Nagoya
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
7
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  4 h
8
Sapporo
— 3 nights
Fly:  19 h
End: Copenhagen

6
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kanazawa is known for historic sites, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, and make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kanazawa trip planner.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Kanazawa is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or fly. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Copenhagen to Kanazawa due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Copenhagen in March, you will find days in Kanazawa are somewhat warmer (13°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

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.
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, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, make a trip to Nishiki Market Shopping District, and take a stroll through Gion.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto road trip planning app.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Himeji is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, take an in-depth tour of Hyogo Prefectural Museum of History, take in the pleasant sights at Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, and don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Ropeway.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Himeji trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Himeji, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Trails Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Mt Shosha hiking ©
Mt Shosha hiking
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

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.
Hiroshima is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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.
Nagasaki is known for museums, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, head off the coast to Hashima Island, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple, and take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki travel site.

Getting from Hiroshima to Nagasaki by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

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.
Nagoya is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, don't miss a visit to Osu Shopping Street, pause for some serene contemplation at Nunoike Catholic Cathedral, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium.

Plan my trip to Nagoya with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from Nagasaki to Nagoya takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Nagasaki in April, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Nagoya: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and wander the streets of Odaiba District.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tokyo vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Nagoya in April, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): make a trip to Sapporo Clock Tower, get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, stroll around Odori Park, thentake some stellar pictures from Sapporo TV Tower, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokkaido Shrine Tongu. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sapporo St. Michael's Church, thenget great views at Mt. Moiwa, and finally hit the slopes at Okurayama Lookout.

Plan my trip to Sapporo with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can fly from Tokyo to Sapporo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Tokyo in April, you will find days in Sapporo are colder (9°C), and nights are a bit cooler (7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Historic Sites Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower
Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus ©
Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus

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