43 days in Japan Itinerary

43 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

Make it your trip
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Motobu-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Naha
— 3 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Fly
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Matsumoto
— 5 nights
Train
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly
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Sapporo
— 5 nights
Drive
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Nakafurano-cho
— 4 nights
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Motobu-cho

— 1 night
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
On the 21st (Thu), see the vivid underwater world at USS Emmons and then enjoy the sand and surf at Akabaka Beach. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Minna Beach, head off the coast to Minnajima Island, meet the residents at Okichan Theater, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, and finally kick back and relax at Emerald Beach.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Motobu-cho trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Motobu-cho is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Motobu-cho. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in July: highs in Motobu-cho hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Naha.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Naha

— 3 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: Onna-son (Scuba & Snorkeling & Blue Cave), Zamami-son (Gahi Island & Gahijima Sand Dune) and Aharen Beach (in Tokashiki-son). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, step off the mainland to explore Kerama Islands, don't miss a visit to Makishi Public Market, and look for gifts at Wadama Honshinju Mother Sea.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Naha online travel route builder.

You can drive from Motobu-cho to Naha in 2 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Naha

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Ishigaki

— 5 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: get outside with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, see the vivid underwater world at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, and enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip maker tool.

You can fly from Naha to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. In July in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 32°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Hiroshima

— 3 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Paddle Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Ishigaki in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 28°C in Hiroshima. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and make a trip to Gion.

Start your trip to Kyoto by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Kyoto sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Takayama (Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, Takayama Jinya, &more), Happo-one Nature Study Course (in Hakuba-mura) and Tsugaike Natural Park (in Otari-mura). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, deepen your understanding at Suzuki Shin-ichi Talent Education Institute, delve into the lush surroundings at Larch Forests In Kamikochi area, and examine the collection at Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum (Matsumoto Mingei-kan).

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Matsumoto trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Matsumoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Kyoto in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Matsumoto: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
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: Senkoji Temple (in Tonami), Gokayama (in Nanto) and Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station, kick back and relax at Gongenmori Beach, and steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa travel route app.

Traveling by train from Matsumoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 6 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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, stop by Odaiba District, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Tokyo by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Sapporo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Sapporo

— 5 nights

CIty of Ramen

A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Venture out of the city with trips to Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm (in Ebetsu), Leksand Memorial Park (in Tobetsu-cho) and Otaru Canal (in Otaru). There's still lots to do: relax in the rural setting at Asadaen Farm, get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royce Rose Garden.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Sapporo day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Sapporo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in August, things will get little chillier in Sapporo: highs are around 27°C and lows about 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nakafurano-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nakafurano-cho

— 4 nights
Flower-viewing tourism draws flocks of visitors to Nakafurano-cho, a Hokkaido town famed for its many lavander fields.
Explore Nakafurano-cho's surroundings by going to Asahi-dake (in Higashikawa-cho), Daisetsuzan (in Kamikawa-cho) and Biei-cho (Patchwork no Michi, Shikisai no Oka, &more). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Farm Tomita, take in the awesome beauty at Kurodake, walk around Hinode Park, and make a trip to Panorama Road.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Nakafurano-cho trip planner.

Drive from Sapporo to Nakafurano-cho in 2.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Sapporo in August since evenings lows in Nakafurano-cho dip to 20°C. You'll set off for home on the 31st (Wed).

Things to do in Nakafurano-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

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.