42 days in Japan Itinerary

42 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train
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Nagasaki
— 1 night
Fly
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Osaka
— 4 nights
Drive
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Koya-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train
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Nagoya
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 1 night
Train
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Nikko
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Hiroshima

— 1 night

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine, and then look for gifts at Itsukushima Gekijyo.

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

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Hiroshima is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and train. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Jeddah to Hiroshima due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Jeddah in November, things will get colder in Hiroshima: highs are around 20°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Nagasaki

— 1 night

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. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
On the 1st (Tue), examine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, then get great views at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck, and finally stroll through Glover Garden.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki online itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to fly to Osaka.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Osaka

— 4 nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Himeji (Koko-en, Himeji Castle, &more), Hara Hirone Road (in Inagawa-cho) and Onsen Resorts (in Kobe). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, take a stroll through Dotombori District, contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, and make a trip to Kuromon Market.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Nagasaki to Osaka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December in Osaka, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Koya-cho

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Torodo Temple, stroll the grounds of Koyasan Okunoin, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-in Temple, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Koyasan Danjo Garan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ichijo-in Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jokiin, then take in the awesome beauty at Katsuragi Highlands, and finally contemplate the long history of Kuriyama Family Residence.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Koya-cho trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Koya-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. December in Koya-cho sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Nara

— 4 nights

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nara: Iwakura Valley (in Iga), Sakurai (Hase-dera Temple & Tanzan Shrine) and Akame Shijuhachi Waterfall (in Nabari). There's much more to do: walk around Nara Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shuonan Ikkyuji Temple, take a peaceful walk through Kasugayama, and pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Nara trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Koya-cho to Nara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 5 nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Saimyo-ji Temple (in Kora-cho) and Kongorin-ji Temple (in Aisho-cho). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, take a stroll through Gion, and take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto driving holiday app.

Drive from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Nagoya

— 4 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nagoya: Nagahama (Kinomotojuku & Keisoku-ji Temple), Ise (Hinjitsukan, Ise Grand Shrine, &more) and Hikone Castle (in Hikone). And it doesn't end there: observe the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, engage your brain at Nagoya City Science Museum, admire the verdant scenery at Koran Valley, and explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle.

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Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Nagoya, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 1 night
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 21st (Mon), take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, then don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Nagoya to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Nikko.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Nikko

— 4 nights
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Get out of town with these interesting Nikko side-trips: Nasu-machi (Fujishiro Seiji Museum & Nasu Nature Study Paths), Maebashi (Lake Konuma & Mt. Nabewari) and Okutone Winery (in Showa-mura). Spend the 23rd (Wed) exploring nature at Nikko National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, explore the activities along Sainoko Lake, and take in nature's colorful creations at Oze Plant Research Specimen Garden.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Nikko trip itinerary builder app.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Nikko in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nikko, with lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Hakone-machi

— 4 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Take a break from Hakone-machi with a short trip to Inoue Sake Brewery in Oi-machi, about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Choanji Temple, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, and get great views at Hakone Ropeway.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Hakone-machi tour itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Nikko to Hakone-machi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. December in Hakone-machi sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Spas

Side Trips

Fujikawaguchiko-machi

— 4 nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Fujikawaguchiko-machi side-trips: Matsumoto Castle (in Matsumoto), Taba Canyon (in Tabayama-mura) and Kofu (Shosenkyo & Itajiki Valley). The adventure continues: stroll through Lake Kawaguchi, appreciate the views at Nishizawa Valley, make a trip to Chureito Pagoda, and enjoy breathtaking views from Nakanokura Pass Observation Point.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in December, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 6 nights
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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. Have a day of magic on the 6th (Wed) at Tokyo Disneyland. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, take an in-depth tour of Tokyo National Museum, and make a trip to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip maker app.

Drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in January: highs in Tokyo hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 1°C. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.

Tokyo Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
A tour of Tokyo Prefecture reveals many eateries, markets, and museums, with sightseeing opportunities available for every type of traveler. Bright bursts of lights and billboards on modern buildings contrast the ornate, traditional architecture there. Don't forget to visit Izu Islands, easily accessible from the capital as an ideal day trip option.