43 days in Japan Itinerary

43 days in Japan Itinerary

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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
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Naha
— 4 nights
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Nagasaki
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Himeji
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Nagoya
— 4 nights
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Matsumoto
— 4 nights
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Ishigaki

— 4 nights
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, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, stroll around Kabira Park, and enjoy breathtaking views from Maesedake Observation Site.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Ishigaki journey builder site.

Sydney, Australia to Ishigaki is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Sydney in April, Ishigaki is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Naha.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Naha

— 4 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Naha: Nakijin-son (Kouri Ocean Tower & Kouri Ohashi), Motobu-cho (Okichan Theater, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, &more) and Cape Manzamo (in Onna-son). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Shurijo Castle, don't miss a visit to Yachimun Street, appreciate the history behind Heiwa no Ishiji, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Clara Church.

Make your Naha itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Naha in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in April, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Naha

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nagasaki

— 3 nights

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo (about 1h 15 min away). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, step off the mainland to explore Hashima Island, and make a trip to Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Naha to Nagasaki by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Naha in April, things will get slightly colder in Nagasaki: highs are around 22°C and lows about 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Ohara Museum of Art (in Kurashiki), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, &more) and Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Misen, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip planner.

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Himeji

— 2 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.
On the 17th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then make a trip to Nishi no Maru Nagatsubone, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura. On your second day here, hike along Mt Shosha hiking, make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, then take in the pleasant sights at Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, and finally steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Himeji route planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors

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.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, don't miss a visit to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto planning app.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagoya: Ise (Okage Yokocho, Ise Grand Shrine, &more), Yume Utsutsu (in Tsu) and Chubu Park (in Toin-cho). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Nagoya Castle, contemplate the long history of Mino Kaneyamajo Ato, head off the coast to Mikimoto Pearl Island, and see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, go to the Nagoya itinerary builder site.

Getting from Kyoto to Nagoya by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in April, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Nagoya: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

Matsumoto

— 4 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 Matsumoto's surroundings by going to Zenko-ji Temple (in Nagano), Tateyama-machi (Hotel Tateyama / Tateyama transmural light Terminal Co., Ltd. & Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route) and Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort (in Nozawaonsen-mura). And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at Matsumoto Castle, admire the masterpieces at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, deepen your understanding at Suzuki Shin-ichi Talent Education Institute, and admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto trip maker app.

Take a train from Nagoya to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in April, expect little chillier with lows of 10°C in Matsumoto. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
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, Wada House, &more) and Ishikawa Jumoku Park (in Hakusan). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, make a trip to Omicho Market, and explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa online route planner.

Traveling by train from Matsumoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Matsumoto in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 15°C in Kanazawa. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Maihama (Tokyo DisneySea & Tokyo Disneyland). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, take a stroll through Odaiba District, and walk around Ueno Park.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo travel route planning site.

You can fly from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in May, Tokyo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can fly to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trip

Matsuyama

— 3 nights
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Matsuyama: Sambaitani Falls (in Ozu), Shikoku Karst Onogahara (in Seiyo) and Uchiko-cho (Izumidani Terraces & Streets in Yokaichi-Gokoku Areas). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, take in the awesome beauty at Kamegamori Forest, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishiteji.

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Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Matsuyama takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Tokyo in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Matsuyama: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.