43 days in Japan Itinerary

43 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel planner

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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
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Matsumoto
— 5 nights
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Himeji
— 1 night
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Nagasaki
— 4 nights
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo day trip planning website.

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Tokyo. Traveling from London in October, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 26°C and lows about 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Hakone-machi

— 3 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hakone-machi: Chureito Pagoda (in Fujiyoshida), Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Ide Sake Brewery, Lake Kawaguchi, &more) and Yamanakako-mura (Mt. Ishiwari & Hirano Lake Shore). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, visit Sengokuhara, take an in-depth tour of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, and steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

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Traveling by car from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Matsumoto: Nagano (Zenko-ji Post Office & Snow Monkey Resorts), Takayama (Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), Takayama Jinya, &more) and Happo-one Nature Study Course (in Hakuba-mura). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, identify plant and animal life at Tsugaike Natural Park, gain insight at Suzuki Shin-ichi Talent Education Institute, and delve into the lush surroundings at Larch Forests In Kamikochi area.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Matsumoto online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Matsumoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in October, Matsumoto is a bit cooler at night with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums · Parks

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi) and Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). There's much more to do: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, examine the collection at Dolls Museum, and steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Kanazawa trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Museums

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.
Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Nara to see Todai-ji Temple about 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip maker.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Osaka

— 5 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Tsudoshiroyama Ancient Tomb (in Fujiidera), The Kuzuharas House (in Tondabayashi) and Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, don't miss a visit to Tamade no Taki, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka online visit planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Himeji

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, then steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Himeji trip planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Himeji are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

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: Hatsukaichi (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and pause for some photo ops at Peace Flame.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima online holiday planner.

Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. November in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Nagasaki

— 4 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.
Step out of Nagasaki to go to Sasebo and see Huis Ten Bosch, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sōfuku-ji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, and see the interesting displays at Dejima.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Nagasaki attractions planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Nagasaki by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. November in Nagasaki sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

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, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head into the lower depths with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, and stroll around Banna Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Ishigaki attractions app.

You can fly from Nagasaki to Ishigaki in 6 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nagasaki in November: high temperatures in Ishigaki hover around 31°C and lows are around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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.