42 days in Japan Itinerary

42 days in Japan Itinerary

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42 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Nagoya
— 5 nights
train:  45​min
5
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train:  45​min
6
Himeji
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
7
Hiroshima
— 5 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
8
Nagasaki
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Vancouver

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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, take a stroll through Odaiba, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner .

Vancouver, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 17 hours. In May, Tokyo is a bit warmer than Vancouver - with highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Urayasu
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

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hirasawa Pass (in Minamimaki-mura), Kawamata Higashi Canyon Shizen Kansatsuen (in Hokuto) and Matsumoto Castle (in Matsumoto). Spend the 4th (Thu) exploring nature at Fuji Hakone Izu National Park. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tenkakudai.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi online holiday planner .

Getting from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in May, plan for slightly colder days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Hirasawa Pass, Mount Fuji, Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Matsumoto Castle
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

5
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: Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi), Takayama (Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, & more) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Musee de la Fleur, Fleuri.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa online day trip planner .

Getting from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Kanazawa by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in June, you will find days in Kanazawa are somewhat warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Musee de la Fleur, Fleuri, Kuroshima Area
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

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 Mt. Garyu Gyoukiji Temple (in Kaizu), Hotel Shima Spain Mura (in Shima) and Inuyama Castle (in Inuyama). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, don't miss a visit to Okage Yokocho, see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and stroll around Chubu Park.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nagoya trip website .

Drive from Kanazawa to Nagoya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Nagoya sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Toba, Ise, Mt. Garyu Gyoukiji Temple, Kitanagoya City Folk History Museum, Kasumi Yumekujira Park
Highlights from your plan
Chubu Park ©
Chubu Park
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine

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 Kyoto's surroundings by going to Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle, & more) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can catch the 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
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kunimi no Mori Park (in Shiso), Takeda Teramachi Street (in Asago) and Bizen (Hattoji Furusatomura & Otabu Gyoko Genroku Bohatei). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, and admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Himeji holiday maker .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kyoto in June: highs in Himeji hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Kurashiki, Bizen, Okayama, Kunimi no Mori Park, Takeda Teramachi Street
Highlights from your plan
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art

5
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: Mt. Misen (in Miyajima), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii, Itsukushima Shrine, & more) and Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, have fun at MIyoshi Sports Park Asobi no Okoku, and contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip planner .

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagasaki.

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
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nagasaki: Huis Ten Bosch (in Sasebo) and Chimachibo Park (in Takeo). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, step off the mainland to explore Hashima Island, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sofukuji Temple.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki trip planner .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Chimachibo Park, 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

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