44 days in Japan Itinerary

44 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan sightseeing planner

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Fly
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Ferry to Motobu-cho
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Motobu-cho
— 4 nights
Fly
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Nagasaki
— 3 nights
Fly
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Koya-cho
— 4 nights
Drive
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 3 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Cairo

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Ishigaki

— 4 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.
Go for a jaunt from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima to see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours about 1h 55 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, and look for gifts at Pinion Direct Shop.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Ishigaki trip planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Ishigaki is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Cairo to Ishigaki. When traveling from Cairo in April, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Ishigaki: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Side Trip

Motobu-cho

— 4 nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Yomitan Village Traditional Craft Art Center (in Yomitan-son), Onna-son (Cape Manzamo & Scuba & Snorkeling) and Kise Beach (in Nago). There's still lots to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, walk around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, meet the residents at Okichan Theater, and take in the views from Kouri Ohashi.

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You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Ishigaki to Motobu-cho in 5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in April, Motobu-cho is little chillier at night with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Nagasaki

— 3 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. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
When in Nagasaki, make a side trip to see Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo, approximately Sasebo away. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, ponder the world of politics at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple, and step off the mainland to explore Hashima Island.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Nagasaki travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Motobu-cho to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Motobu-cho in April, expect Nagasaki to be little chillier, temps between 22°C and 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Koya-cho

— 4 nights
Explore Koya-cho's surroundings by going to Okuyama Ameyama Nature Park (in Kumatori-cho), Kannonyama Fruits Garden (in Kinokawa) and Izumisano (Shipporyuji Temple & Gyoja no Taki).

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Koya-cho trip planner.

You can fly from Nagasaki to Koya-cho in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Koya-cho can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Fujikawaguchiko-machi

— 4 nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Matsumoto Castle (in Matsumoto), Maihime Breweries (in Suwa) and Kawamata Higashi Canyon Shizen Kansatsuen (in Hokuto). The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Baird Brewery Gardens Shusenji, get outside with Asahi Taki Fall, and make a trip to Kantsuki Tensho Kimko.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi vacation app.

Traveling by car from Koya-cho to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Koya-cho in May, expect nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are slightly colder, around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Hase-dera Temple (in Kamakura), The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi) and Maihama (Tokyo DisneySea & Tokyo Disneyland). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tokyo itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 5 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Takayama (Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), Takayama Jinya, &more), Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more) and Takaoka (Zuiryuji Temple & Ikadai Residence). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 15°C in Kanazawa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Expo '70 Commemorative Park (in Suita), Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan (in Osaka). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, visit Arashiyama, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. In May, daytime highs in Kyoto are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Himeji

— 3 nights
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.
Explore Himeji's surroundings by going to Ako City Folk Shiryokan (in Ako), Kobe (Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), &more) and Sato Fruit Kobo (in Nishiwaki). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, admire the natural beauty at Okayama Korakuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Otokoyama Haisuiike Park.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Himeji trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Kyoto in May, plan for slightly colder days in Himeji, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kurashiki (Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, Ohara Museum of Art, &more) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Daishoin Temple). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 18°C. On the 31st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

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.