42 days in Japan Itinerary

42 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
2
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
3
Takamatsu
— 4 nights
4
Himeji
— 4 nights
5
Kyoto
— 6 nights
6
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
7
Matsumoto
— 5 nights
8
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
9
Tokyo
— 6 nights

3
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.
Explore Nagasaki's surroundings by going to Huis Ten Bosch (in Sasebo) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Amakusa). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ōura Church.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, use the Nagasaki trip maker website.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Nagasaki is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Nagasaki. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Tel Aviv in September since evenings lows in Nagasaki dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Huis Ten Bosch, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Nagao Castle Park
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Matsuyama Castle (in Matsuyama) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, &more). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima online route planner.

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

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Matsuyama Castle, Tobishima Kaido
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

4
nights
Takamatsu

Takamatsu ©
A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Takamatsu: Okayama (Okayama Korakuen Garden & Okayama Castle), Zuiganji Temple (in Tokushima) and Kurashiki (Ohara Museum of Art, Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, &more). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Ritsurin Garden, get engrossed in the history at Shikoku Mura Village, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kotohira-gu, and explore the activities along Daiju zeki Weir of Yoshino River.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Takamatsu holiday planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Takamatsu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Takamatsu can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Himeji.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kurashiki, Okayama, Kotohira-cho, Zuiganji Temple, Daiju zeki Weir of Yoshino River
Highlights from your plan
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art
Ritsurin Garden
Ritsurin Garden

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Himeji side-trips: Sumiyoshi Shrine (in Akashi), Bizen (Hattoji Furusatomura & Otabu Gyoko Genroku Bohatei) and Shimmaiko Beach (in Tatsuno). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura, contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, and take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Himeji vacation app.

Getting from Takamatsu to Himeji by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Takamatsu in September since evenings lows in Himeji dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Bizen, Sumiyoshi Shrine, Chizushuku, Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Daisen Outlook
Highlights from your plan
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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 Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka), Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and take in the pleasant sights at Gion.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip maker tool.

Take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Himeji in September, expect slightly colder with lows of °C in Kyoto. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

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
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more) and Ishikawa Jumoku Park (in Hakusan). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kanazawa online tour builder.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in September, expect nights in Kanazawa to be about the same, around °C, while days are slightly colder, around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Gongenmori Beach, Ishikawa Jumoku Park
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

5
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Matsumoto: Tateyama-machi (Kurobe Dam, Mikurigaike Pond, &more), Takayama (Daiou-ji Temple, Sanmachi Suji, &more) and Mt. Nagamine (in Azumino). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, see the interesting displays at Matsumoto City Museum, explore the world behind art at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, and stop by Hanakomichi.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Matsumoto day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Matsumoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kanazawa in October, you will find days in Matsumoto are little chillier (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Takayama, Tateyama-machi, Mt. Nagamine
Highlights from your plan
Kurobe Dam
Kurobe Dam
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

4
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) and Hokuto (Shojigataki Falls, Kawamata Higashi Canyon Shizen Kansatsuen, &more). Spend the 9th (Wed) exploring nature at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Pack the 11th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Fuji-Q Highland. There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Mount Fuji and take in the pleasant sights at Lake Kawaguchi.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Fujikawaguchiko-machi can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Nature Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Hokuto, Hirasawa Pass, Fuji-Q Highland, Mount Fuji, Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park ©
Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park

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.
Have a day of magic on the 15th (Tue) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Tokyo online trip planner.

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in October: highs in Tokyo hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. On the 17th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
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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