43 days in Japan Itinerary

43 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan vacation planner

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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Himeji
— 5 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
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Matsumoto
— 5 nights
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 5 nights
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Tokyo
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Mint Museum and Harukas 300 Observation Deck. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Shukugawa Park (in Nishinomiya) and Yoshino-cho (Kimpusen-ji Temple Kane no Torii, Kinpusenji Temple, &more). There's lots more to do: stroll around Kemasakuranomiya Park, explore the engaging exhibits at Kids Plaza Osaka, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, and go for a walk through Taiyo Square.

Plan my day in Osaka using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Billund, Denmark to Osaka is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 8 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Billund in April, with highs in Osaka at 23°C and lows at 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 4 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Peace Bell and Mitaki Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Daishoin Temple, &more) and Miyajima (Shishiiwa Tenbodai & Momijidani Park). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Peace Flame, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound, and snap pictures at Aioi Bridge.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Himeji

— 5 nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tsuyama Castle (Kakuzan Park) and Shoshazan Engyoji. Explore Himeji's surroundings by going to Awaji (Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park, Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum, &more), Suma Aqualife Park Kobe (in Kobe) and Amore Beach (in Akashi). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, and walk around Otokoyama Haisuiike Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Himeji route planning site.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daytime highs in Himeji are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 6 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ninna-ji Temple and Daigo-ji Temple. There's much more to do: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamigamo Shrine, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and admire the natural beauty at Kyoto Botanical Garden.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto road trip site.

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Kanazawa

— 5 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ainokura Gassho Community and Ninja Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Toyama (Matsukawa Park & THE SUIBOKU MUSEUM, TOYAMA) and Nanto (Inami Betsuin Zuisen-ji Temple, Suganuma Gassho Community, &more). The adventure continues: walk around Kanazawa Castle Park, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, and step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa online visit planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kyoto in May: highs in Kanazawa hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Matsumoto

— 5 nights
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 hidden gems such as Matsumoto City Art Museum and Myojin Bridge. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Matsumoto Castle, steep yourself in history at Former Catholic Church Priest House, stop by Nawate Shopping District, and walk around Joyama Park.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Matsumoto online trip planner.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Matsumoto are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Fujikawaguchiko-machi

— 5 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Arakurayama Sengen Park and Chureito Pagoda. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Hokuto (Jisso-ji Temple, Yamataka Jindai Cherry Blossom, &more) and Hakone-machi (Hakone Stoneā€paved Road, Lake Ashinoko, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja, go for a walk through Kawaguchiko Muse Museum, Atae Yuki Bldg., contemplate the waterfront views at Saiko Lake, and stroll through Lake Kawaguchi.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi route planner.

Take a train from Matsumoto to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Matsumoto in May: highs in Fujikawaguchiko-machi hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 7 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Chidorigafuchi and Nezu Shrine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Ashikaga Flower Park (in Ashikaga), Tsutsujigaoka Park (in Tatebayashi) and Gongendo Sakura Tsutsumi (in Satte). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Meguro River, stroll around Kitanomaru Park, stop by Ueno District, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in May: highs in Tokyo hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

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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.