43 days in Japan Itinerary

43 days in Japan Itinerary

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43 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Sapporo
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Biei-cho
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Shari-cho
— 3 nights
+4
taxi + Fly + tram + train + shuttle:  7​h
4
Hakuba-mura
— 4 nights
bus + train:  2​h 45​min
5
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h
6
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
7
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h
8
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 30​min
9
Onna-son
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  6​h 15​min
10
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + bus + train:  7​h 15​min
11
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
train:  5​h 15​min
12
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Manchester

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath (in Noboribetsu), Lake Shikotsu (in Chitose) and Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place (in Kutchan-cho). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Shinsennuma, contemplate the long history of Hokkaido Jingu, get great views at Mt. Moiwa, and take in panoramic vistas at Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sapporo trip itinerary planner .

Manchester, UK to Sapporo is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 9 hours. Traveling from Manchester in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sapporo, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Biei-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trips

Lake Toya, Lake Shikotsu, Shinsennuma, JR Otaru Station, Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath
Highlights from your plan
Lake Toya ©
Lake Toya
Shinsennuma ©
Shinsennuma
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath ©
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath

3
nights
Biei-cho

Biei-cho ©
Famous for scenic views of vast fields, wide meadows, and gently rolling hills against the backdrop of the Taisetsu mountain range, Biei-cho offers a picture-prefect setting for a pleasant countryside vacation.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Patchwork no Michi and Tokachidake Bogakudai Observation Tower. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Biei-cho: Farm Tomita Lavender East (in Kamifurano-cho), Ueno Farm (in Asahikawa) and Choei Lavender Farm (in Nakafurano-cho). There's lots more to do: walk around Shinei no Oka Tenbo Koen, stop by Campana Rokkatei, hit the slopes at Furano Ski Resort, and take in the awesome beauty at Asahi-dake.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Biei-cho trip planner .

Traveling by car from Sapporo to Biei-cho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Sapporo in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Biei-cho: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Biei-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Furano, Choei Lavender Farm, Shikaribetsu Lake, Ueno Farm, Farm Tomita Lavender East
Highlights from your plan
Shikisai no Oka ©
Shikisai no Oka
Patchwork no Michi ©
Patchwork no Michi
Choei Lavender Farm ©
Choei Lavender Farm

3
nights
Shari-cho

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Mt. Rausu. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Shari-cho: Abashiri (Cape Notoro & Abashiri Prison Museum). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Misaki, explore the striking landscape of Shiretoko Nature Center, and make a trip to Shiretoko Pass.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Shari-cho trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Biei-cho to Shari-cho in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Biei-cho in June: highs in Shari-cho hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Abashiri, Hokkaido
Highlights from your plan
Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall ©
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall
Shiretoko Misaki ©
Shiretoko Misaki

4
nights
Hakuba-mura

Hakuba-mura
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Norikura Kogen (Highland) and Yuki no Otani. Change things up with these side-trips from Hakuba-mura: Kurobe Dam (in Tateyama-machi), Togakushi Shrine Okusha (in Nagano) and Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area (in Yamanouchi-machi). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Pond Tashiro, get outside with Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and explore the activities along Taisho Pond.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hakuba-mura road trip planning website .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, train, and shuttle from Shari-cho to Hakuba-mura in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. Traveling from Shari-cho in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Hakuba-mura: highs are around 29°C and lows about 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trips

Matsumoto, Kusatsu-machi, Tateyama-machi, Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Highlights from your plan
Kurobe Dam
Kurobe Dam
Norikura Kogen ©
Norikura Kogen
Pond Tashiro ©
Pond Tashiro

4
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 discover tucked-away gems like Ainokura Gassho Community and Takayama Showa Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Fugan Unga Kansui Park (in Toyama), Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple (in Eiheiji-cho) and Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi). Next up on the itinerary: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, don't miss a visit to Tsuzumi Gate, and admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa road trip site .

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Hakuba-mura to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Ainokura Gassho Community, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Fugan Unga Kansui Park
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Wine Tours & Tastings

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pinaisara Falls and Barasu Island. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Ida no Hama Beach, get interesting insight from Tours, take in the dramatic scenery at Kanpiree Waterfall, and look for all kinds of wild species at Sotobanare Minami.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima online day trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kanazawa to Iriomote-jima. Traveling from Kanazawa in June, expect Iriomote-jima to be a bit warmer, temps between 37°C and 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Barasu Island ©
Barasu Island

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Venture out of the city with trips to Kuro-shima (Nishinohama & Iko Pier). There's much more to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, don't miss a visit to Cape Ongazaki, Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, and get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Ishigaki tour builder tool .

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki by ferry takes about an hour. June in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 32°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Kuro-shima, Island Countryside Settlement
Highlights from your plan
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yabiji and Ikema-jima Island. There's much more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, go for a walk through Imugya Marine Garden, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Miyakojima trip builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2 hours. In July in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 31°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Yabiji
Yabiji
Scuba & Snorkeling
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama

4
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Minnajima Island and Manza Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Motobu-cho (Bise no Fukugi Tree Road & Okichan Theater), Okinawa Peace Memorial Park (in Itoman) and Nakijin Castle Ruins (in Nakijin-son). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Daisekirinzan, make a trip to Cape Maeda, contemplate the long history of Sefa-Utaki, and stop by Onna Station Nakayukui Market.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Onna-son trip planner.

Getting from Miyakojima to Onna-son by combination of flight and bus takes about 3.5 hours. In July in Onna-son, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Kunigami-son, Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, Nakijin Castle Ruins, Sefa-Utaki
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Daisekirinzan ©
Daisekirinzan
Minnajima Island ©
Minnajima Island

2
nights
Yakushima-cho

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 12th (Sun), delve into the lush surroundings at Shakunagenomori Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Oko no Taki Fall, then explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and finally don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Sempiro Falls and then identify plant and animal life at Yakusugi Land.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Yakushima-cho trip maker website .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. In July in Yakushima-cho, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Wilson Stump ©
Wilson Stump

2
nights
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shirakawa Springs and Kuju Flower Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Takachiho-cho: Aso (Kusasenri & Daikanbo) and Oka Castle Ruins (in Taketa). There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Manai Falls, contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Aso, take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine, and take in the awesome beauty at Kunimigaoka.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Takachiho-cho trip itinerary maker website .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aso, Taketa, Shirakawa Springs, Mt. Aso
Highlights from your plan
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Shirakawa Springs ©
Shirakawa Springs
Manai Falls ©
Manai Falls

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, then pause for some photo ops at Peace Flame, and finally examine the collection at Yamato Museum. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Senkoji & Senkoji Park, then head off the coast to Okunoshima Island, then examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum, and finally examine the collection at Mazda Museum.

Plan trip to Hiroshima with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by train from Takachiho-cho to Hiroshima takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kure, Okunoshima Island, Senkoji & Senkoji Park, Momijidani Park, Mazda Museum
Highlights from your plan
Momijidani Park ©
Momijidani Park
Peace Flame ©
Peace Flame

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