43 days in Japan Itinerary

43 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Sydney
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h
2
Naha
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
4
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h
5
Himeji
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
6
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  45 min
7
Nagoya
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h
8
Matsumoto
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
9
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
10
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
11
Matsuyama
— 3 nights
Fly:  14 h 45 min
End: Sydney

4
nights
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, 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 make a trip to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River.

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 travel to Naha.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kondoi Beach, Island Countryside Settlement
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

4
nights
Naha

Naha ©
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). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Shurijo Castle, admire the natural beauty at Shikinaen Garden, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sakimoto Shuzo Distillers, and pause for some photo ops at Heiwa no Ishiji.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Naha trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Naha takes 3.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Naha

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Nakijin-son, Heiwa no Ishiji, Cape Manzamo, Blue Sky
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Kouri Ohashi ©
Kouri Ohashi

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.
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, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple, and get great views at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck.

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 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. 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

Side Trip

Huis Ten Bosch
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

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.
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). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Misen, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hiroshima tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Ohara Museum of Art, Okayama Korakuen Garden
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima
Miyajima
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

2
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.
On the 17th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, thenmake a trip to Nishi no Maru Nagatsubone, thencontemplate 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, go for a walk through Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, and then contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Himeji trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 1.5 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Mt. Takamikura
Highlights from your plan
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

5
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) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). The adventure continues: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and stroll around Rakusai Chikurin Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip maker.

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

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trip

Osaka
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

4
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
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: Chubu Park (in Toin-cho), Ise (Okage Yokocho, Ise Grand Shrine, &more) and Yume Utsutsu (in Tsu). 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

Side Trips

Ise, Toba, Chubu Park, Yume Utsutsu, Inuyama Castle
Highlights from your plan
Chubu Park ©
Chubu Park
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

4
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.
Explore Matsumoto's surroundings by going to Tateyama-machi (Hotel Tateyama / Tateyama transmural light Terminal Co., Ltd. & Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route), Zenko-ji Temple (in Nagano) 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 go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Outdoors Museums Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Takayama, Tateyama-machi, Zenko-ji Temple, Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
Highlights from your plan
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route ©
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

3
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: Ishikawa Jumoku Park (in Hakusan) and Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Wada House, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, and step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle.

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

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and 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 train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Ishikawa Jumoku Park
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

5
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Odaiba District, and stroll around Ueno Park.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo online journey planner.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kanazawa in May since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Urayasu
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

3
nights
Matsuyama

Matsuyama ©
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: Uchiko-cho (Izumidani Terraces & Streets in Yokaichi-Gokoku Areas), Shikoku Karst Onogahara (in Seiyo) and Sambaitani Falls (in Ozu). 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.

Plan a Matsuyama trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Matsuyama takes 4 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 travel back home.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Uchiko-cho, Toon, Shikoku Karst Onogahara, Sambaitani Falls, Kamegamori Forest
Highlights from your plan
Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Thermal Spas
Ishiteji ©
Ishiteji

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