42 days in Japan Itinerary

42 days in Japan Itinerary

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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
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Naha
— 4 nights
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Nagasaki
— 1 night
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
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Matsumoto
— 5 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
— 6 nights

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Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Ishigaki is known for nature, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a tour by water with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, and visit Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Ishigaki driving holiday planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Ishigaki is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Ishigaki due to the time zone difference. In September, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Naha.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour ©
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

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Naha

Naha ©

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Change things up with these side-trips from Naha: Kouri Ohashi (in Nakijin-son), Motobu-cho (Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, &more) and Onna-son (Cape Maeda, Scuba & Snorkeling, &more). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, step off the mainland to explore Zamami Island, indulge in some culinary diversions at Taste of Okinawa Cooking Experience, and sample the fine beverages at Sakimoto Shuzo Distillers.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Naha trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Naha takes 3.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Naha can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Naha

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, don't miss a visit to Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, then contemplate the long history of Nagasaki Peace Park, then get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and finally examine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nagasaki day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Naha to Nagasaki takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In September, Nagasaki is a bit cooler than Naha - with highs of 32°C and lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

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

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, enjoy some diversion at SHA-RAKU Archery Experience, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip planner.

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Himeji (Koko-en & Himeji Castle), Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (in Kobe) and Nara Park (in Nara). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, get the lay of the land with Photoguider-Japan, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka day trip app.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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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: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and take a stroll through Gion.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kyoto planning site.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses), Mantennoyu, Toyama (in Toyama) and Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route ©
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

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Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Explore Matsumoto's surroundings by going to Nagano (Zenko-ji Temple & Snow Monkey Resorts), Tateyama-machi (Mikurigaike Pond & Mt. Tateyama) and Takayama (Spas & Takayama Jinya). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Yarigatake, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daiho-ji Temple, and deepen your understanding at Suzuki Shin-ichi Talent Education Institute.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto trip planner.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Kanazawa in October, plan for little chillier days in Matsumoto, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Yarigatake ©
Yarigatake
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hakone-machi: Odaki Medaki Fall (in Doshi-mura), Baird Brewery Gardens Shusenji (in Izu) and Tree Cross Adventure Atsugi Nanasawa (in Atsugi). The adventure continues: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Hakone-machi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi

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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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Tokyo Tower, let your taste buds guide you at Japan Wonder Travel, admire the striking features of Tokyo Skytree, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in October, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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