42 days in Japan Itinerary

42 days in Japan Itinerary

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42 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
+2
Fly + subway + train:  18​h 45​min
1
Nagasaki
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Hiroshima
— 6 nights
train:  1​h
3
Himeji
— 5 nights
train:  45​min
4
Kyoto
— 7 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Kanazawa
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Tokyo
— 8 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

2
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.
Take a break from Nagasaki with a short trip to Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo, about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, ponder the world of politics at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck, walk around Nagao Castle Park, and admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Nagasaki day trip website .

Amsterdam, Holland to Nagasaki is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in May: high temperatures in Nagasaki hover around 28°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

6
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima), MIyoshi Sports Park Asobi no Okoku (in Miyoshi) and Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Misen, and admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima journey planner .

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kintaikyo Bridge, MIyoshi Sports Park Asobi no Okoku
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
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 Kunimi no Mori Park (in Shiso), Nishiharima Observatory Park (in Sayo-cho) and Hattoji Furusatomura (in Bizen). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Himeji Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tottori Sand Dunes, and admire the masterpieces at Ohara Museum of Art.

Discover how to plan a Himeji trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In June in Himeji, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kurashiki, Okayama, Yakuno Gembugan Park, Hattoji Furusatomura, Mt. Takamikura
Highlights from your plan
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art

7
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Nigatsu-do Temple, & more), Osaka (Dotonbori, Osaka Castle, & more) and Ninja-Do (in Nishinari). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, make a trip to Gion, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planner .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nara, Osaka
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi), Takayama (Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, Hida Takayama Museum of Art, & more) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, & more). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, and explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa route planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in June, plan for little chillier days in Kanazawa, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Highlights from your plan
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

6
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Matsumoto Castle (in Matsumoto), Shojigataki Falls (in Hokuto) and Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine (in Fujinomiya). Spend the 25th (Thu) exploring nature at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), stop by Kamatsuru Himono Honten, Atami Ginzadori, and don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley.

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

Drive from Kanazawa to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from Kanazawa, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Ikeda museum of 20th century art, Kamatsuru Himono Honten, Atami Ginzadori, Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, Shojigataki Falls
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

8
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama) and Hase-dera Temple (in Kamakura). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo sightseeing planning app .

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in June, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Urayasu, Hase-dera Temple
Highlights from your plan
Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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