43 days in Japan Itinerary

43 days in Japan Itinerary

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43 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Sendai
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
3
Aomori
— 6 nights
train:  5​h 30​min
4
Sapporo
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Hakodate
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Shizukuishi-cho
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Yamagata
— 3 nights
bus:  4​h
8
Niigata
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + train:  4​h
9
Nara
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
10
Wakayama
— 3 nights
train:  8​h 30​min
11
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
12
Tokyo
— 6 nights
bus:  1​h
13
Narita
— 1 night
End: Narita

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Kyu Iwasakitei Teien, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

If you are flying in from Switzerland, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow time for the train ride to Sendai.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum
Highlights from your plan
Hozomon ©
Hozomon
Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center ©

4
nights
Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Tashiro Island, Ishinomaki Manga Road, Matsushima Bay, and other attractions. Get a sense of the local culture at Rinnoji Temple and Aoba Castle Museum. Popular historic sites such as Kosho-ji Temple and Tsutsujigaoka Tenmangu are in your itinerary. Take a break from Sendai with a short trip to Tsukihama Beach in Higashimatsushima, about 48 minutes away. It doesn't end there: appreciate the views at Rairaikyo Gorge.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Sendai day trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Sendai in 1.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. When traveling from Tokyo in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Sendai: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 28°C at night. You'll set off for Aomori on the 2nd (Mon).

Things to do in Sendai

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ishinomaki, Tsukihama Beach, Matsushima Bay
Highlights from your plan
Tashiro Island ©
Tashiro Island
Rinnoji Temple ©
Rinnoji Temple
Rairaikyo Gorge ©
Rairaikyo Gorge

6
nights
Aomori

Aomori ©
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
Get in touch with nature at Shirakami Sanchi and Senjyojiki Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Tachineputa No Yakata and Saishoin Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Aomori: Shayokan (in Goshogawara), Hirosaki (Choshoji Temple, Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden, & more) and Inakadatemura Buried Cultural Assets Center Yayoi Museum (in Inakadate-mura). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Tsutanonana Swamp, take in the spiritual surroundings of Towada Shrine, take in the natural beauty of Manjufukashi, and soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Aomori attractions planner .

Take a train from Sendai to Aomori in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Sendai in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Aomori, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Aomori

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hirosaki, Towada, Goshogawara, Inakadatemura Buried Cultural Assets Center Yayoi Museum, Senjyojiki Beach
Highlights from your plan
Senjyojiki Beach ©
Senjyojiki Beach
Choshoji Temple ©
Choshoji Temple
Towada Shrine ©
Towada Shrine

4
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari Shrine and Hokkaido Shrine Tongu. Step off the beaten path and head to The Hokkaido University Museum and Maruyama Genshirin. Change things up with these side-trips from Sapporo: Arte Piazza Bibai (in Bibai) and Spas (in Noboribetsu). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Sapporo Art Museum, contemplate the long history of Soma Shrine, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sapporo St. Michael's Church, and admire the sheer force of Masumi Waterfall.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Sapporo trip app .

Getting from Aomori to Sapporo by combination of train and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. September in Sapporo sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sapporo

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Arte Piazza Bibai, Spas
Highlights from your plan
Sapporo Art Museum ©
Sapporo Art Museum
Arte Piazza Bibai ©
Arte Piazza Bibai
The Hokkaido University Museum ©
The Hokkaido University Museum

3
nights
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Trappist Monasteries and St.John's Church Hakodate are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hakodate City Northern Pacific Fishery's Document Museum and Kyu Soma-tei. Explore Hakodate's surroundings by going to Onuma Lake (in Nanae-cho), Hotokegaura (in Sai-mura) and Onsen Resorts (in Mori-machi). Next up on the itinerary: bet on a winner at Hakodate Horse Racetrack and contemplate the long history of Ofune Iseki.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hakodate attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Sapporo to Hakodate takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. September in Hakodate sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Shizukuishi-cho.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Onuma Lake, Onsen Resorts, Hotokegaura, Trappist Monasteries
Highlights from your plan
Onuma Lake ©
Onuma Lake
Kyu Soma-tei ©
Kyu Soma-tei
Hakodate Horse Racetrack ©
Hakodate Horse Racetrack

3
nights
Shizukuishi-cho

Shizukuishi-cho ©
On the 15th (Sun), stop by Shizukuishi Galaxy Station. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Omoide no Katabunko, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gozanoishi Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gozanoishi Shrine, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Akita Komagatake.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Shizukuishi-cho trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hakodate to Shizukuishi-cho. September in Shizukuishi-cho sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Yamagata.

Things to do in Shizukuishi-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Semboku, Onsen Resorts, Gozanoishi Shrine, Matagi Shiryokan
Highlights from your plan
Gozanoishi Shrine ©
Gozanoishi Shrine
Mt. Akita Komagatake ©
Mt. Akita Komagatake
Gozanoishi Shrine ©
Gozanoishi Shrine

3
nights
Yamagata

Yamagata ©
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
Yamadera Basho Memorial Hall has been added to your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tatsuzawa Fudo Falls and Yamagata Museum of Science and Industry. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yamagata: Hanitsu Shrine (in Inawashiro-machi) and Mt. Katta (in Zao-machi). It doesn't end there: test the waters at a local thermal spa.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Yamagata attractions app .

Explore your travel options from Shizukuishi-cho to Yamagata with the Route module. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Niigata.

Things to do in Yamagata

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Inawashiro-machi, Mt. Katta
Highlights from your plan
Tatsuzawa Fudo Falls ©
Tatsuzawa Fudo Falls
Hanitsu Shrine ©
Hanitsu Shrine
Mt. Katta ©
Mt. Katta

3
nights
Niigata

Niigata ©
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
Niigata Niitsu Railway Museum and Daizen Shrine No Stage are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery and Sawada Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Niigata: Niigata Prefectural Museum of History (in Nagaoka), Chokokuji Temple (in Sado) and Yahiko Shrine (in Yahiko-mura). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Sekiyahama Beach, steep yourself in history at Enkinkan, examine the collection at Shirone Kite Museum, and browse the exhibits of Nigata City Manga no Ie.

To find out how to plan a trip to Niigata, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Yamagata to Niigata in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Niigata can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Nara.

Things to do in Niigata

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Sado, Niigata Prefectural Museum of History, Yahiko Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Daizen Shrine No Stage ©
Daizen Shrine No Stage
Niigata Niitsu Railway Museum ©
Niigata Niitsu Railway Museum
Yahiko Shrine ©
Yahiko Shrine

3
nights
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Walking tours and Akame Shijuhachi Waterfall. Take a break from the city and head to Gotemba Beach and Rokuen. Venture out of the city with trips to Itsukinomiya Hall for Historical Experience (in Meiwa-cho) and Horyu-ji Temple (in Ikaruga-cho). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and explore the galleries of Nara National Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Nara trip builder app .

Traveling by flight from Niigata to Nara takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Niigata in September; daily highs in Nara reach 33°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Wakayama.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Itsukinomiya Hall for Historical Experience, Horyu-ji Temple, Akame Shijuhachi Waterfall, Gotemba Beach
Highlights from your plan
Rokuen ©
Rokuen
Nara National Museum
Nara National Museum

3
nights
Wakayama

Wakayama ©
Split into two parts by the Kinokawa River, the city of Wakayama stands nestled in the eponymous plain, overlooked by a historic hilltop castle that was rebuilt after World War II.
Popular historic sites such as Itakiso Shrine and Saikazaki Lighthouse are in your itinerary. Let the collections at Kii Fudoki No Oka Museum of Archaeology and Folklore and Kao Eco Lab Museum capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Koya-cho (Torodo Temple, Kongosanmaiin, & more) and Tannowa Beach (in Misaki-cho). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kataonami Beach and get great views at Cape Saikazaki.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Wakayama planning app .

Traveling by car from Nara to Wakayama takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Wakayama sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Wakayama

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Tannowa Beach
Highlights from your plan
Torodo Temple ©
Torodo Temple
Kongosanmaiin ©
Kongosanmaiin

2
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Sankodai, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fuji Omuro Sengen Shrine, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Ide Sake Brewery, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Kawaguchiko Muse Museum, Atae Yuki Bldg.. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Yamanashi Prefectural Museum Kajiam, then look for all kinds of wild species at Fuefuki Togenkyo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Daiszenji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Wakayama to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or take a train. While traveling from Wakayama, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fuefuki, Daiszenji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Daiszenji Temple ©
Daiszenji Temple
Yamanashi Prefectural Museum Kajiam ©
Fuji Omuro Sengen Shrine ©
Fuji Omuro Sengen Shrine

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nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Let the collections at Fire Museum and Madame Tussauds Tokyo capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT and Memorial Warships Mikasa. Venture out of the city with trips to Yokosuka Museum of Art (in Yokosuka), Hojo Beach (in Tateyama) and Enoshima Sea Candle (in Fujisawa). See some other sides of Tokyo: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Cathedral, Tokyo, examine the collection at Nihon Minkaen Japan Open Air Folk House Museum, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kyu Fukukawa Teien.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner .

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Narita.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Yokosuka, Hojo Beach, Koajiro Forest, Enoshima Sea Candle, Nihon Minkaen Japan Open Air Folk House Museum
Highlights from your plan
Hojo Beach ©
Hojo Beach
Fire Museum ©
Fire Museum
Samukawa Shrine ©
Samukawa Shrine

1
night
Narita

Narita ©
Pilgrims and aviators come to Narita, a town known during the Edo period for its temple, and now known primarily for its airport.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Makata Shrine.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Narita trip builder website .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Narita in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Narita

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

National Museum of Japanese History
Highlights from your plan
Makata Shrine ©
Makata Shrine
National Museum of Japanese History ©

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