43 days in Japan Itinerary

43 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Tokyo Haneda, Train to Kyoto
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Yakushima
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Fly
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Onna-son
— 3 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Tokyo Haneda
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Matsumoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nikko
— 4 nights
Fly
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Shari-cho
— 2 nights
Fly
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Sapporo
— 3 nights
Fly

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Get some historical perspective at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Byodoin. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan (in Osaka) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, and wander the streets of Arashiyama.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Kyoto online trip planner.

Fort Lauderdale, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 23-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 14 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Fort Lauderdale in June: high temperatures in Kyoto hover around 81°F and lows are around 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

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Hiroshima

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Yamato Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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Yakushima-cho

A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
On the 22nd (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Wilson Stump, then explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, then don't miss a visit to Jōmon Sugi, and finally kick back and relax at Nagata Inakahama.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Yakushima-cho takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. June in Yakushima-cho sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 69°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

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Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Nakagusuku Castle Ruins and Okinawa Peace Memorial Park. Museum-lovers will get to explore Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum and Himeyuri Peace Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Onna-son: Sefa-Utaki (in Nanjo), Shurijo Castle (in Naha) and Tomigusuku (Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters & Toyosaki Kaihin Koen). There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for gifts at Onna Station Nakayukui Market, head outdoors with Bisezaki, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okichan Theater.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Onna-son planning website.

You can fly from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and car. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yakushima-cho in June: high temperatures in Onna-son hover around 85°F and lows are around 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Escape the urban bustle at Sunayama Beach and Nakanoshima Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Yabiji and Scuba & Snorkeling. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Toguchi no Hama, visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, and make a trip to Ikema Ohashi Bridge.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima tour planning site.

Getting from Onna-son to Miyakojima by flight takes about 4.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cape Hirakubozaki and Kondoi Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Yonehara Beach. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement, kick back and relax at Sunset Beach, walk around Kabira Park, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ishigaki journey planning website.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. June in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 81°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

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Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Funauki Village, step off the mainland to explore Barasu Island, then get outside with Hoshisuna Beach, then admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, and finally scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. On the next day, head outdoors with Ida no Hama Beach, head off the coast to Iriomote Island, and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Iriomote-jima trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Iriomote-jima are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 82°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple and Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple). Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hase-dera Temple and Kencho-ji Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Hase-dera Temple Kannondo). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and browse the exhibits of Kanda Myojin.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Tokyo takes 7.5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Iriomote-jima in July, with lows around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

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Hakone-machi

Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Kiunkaku and Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at Pola Museum of Art and The Hakone Open-Air Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Hakone-machi: Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Fuji), Shizuoka (Shizuoka Sengen Shrine, Kunozan Toshogu Shrine, &more) and Ito (Izu Glass and Craft Museum, Jogasaki Coast, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja, don't miss a visit to Mount Fuji, and take in the dramatic scenery at Shiraito Falls.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort and Togakushi Forest Botanical Garden. Naraijuku and Suwa Shrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Nagano (Togakushi Shrine Okusha & Togakushi Shrine Chusha), Daiho-ji Temple (in Aoki-mura) and Hokusai-kan (in Obuse-machi). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Chihiro Art Museum Azumino, don't miss a visit to Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, steep yourself in history at Kaichi Gakko Primary School, and see the interesting displays at Matsumoto City Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Matsumoto trip planner.

Drive from Hakone-machi to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in July: highs in Matsumoto hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Nikko

A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Appreciate the collections at Oya History Museum and Tochigi Prefectural Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Yudaki Falls and Lake Chuzenji. Spend the 20th (Tue) exploring nature at Oze National Park. Spend the 18th (Sun) exploring nature at Nikko National Park. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Yomeimon (Main Gate), take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, explore the activities along Yunoko Lake, and take in the pleasant sights at Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Nikko trip planner.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Nikko in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in July, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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Shari-cho

Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
On the 22nd (Thu), admire the sheer force of Oshin Koshin Falls, take a memorable tour with Tours, explore the activities along Shiretoko Goko Lake, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, and finally explore the activities along Shiretoko Misaki. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Rausu, take a memorable drive along Shiretoko Pass, then identify plant and animal life at Shiretoko Peninsula, then enjoy the sand and surf at Shiretoko Beach, and finally take a memorable drive along Road to Heaven.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Shari-cho trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Nikko to Shari-cho takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Nikko in July, things will get little chillier in Shari-cho: highs are around 71°F and lows about 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Sapporo

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.
On the 24th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), then see the interesting displays at Otaru-shi General Museum, then sample the fine beverages at Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, and finally make a trip to Otaru Canal. On your second day here, walk around Maruyama Park, hit the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, contemplate the long history of Hokkaido Jingu, stroll around Odori Park, then examine the collection at The Hokkaido University Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sapporo online route planner.

Getting from Shari-cho to Sapporo by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Shari-cho in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 69°F in Sapporo. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

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.