44 days in Japan Itinerary

44 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 15 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 1 night
Drive
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Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Fly to Osaka Itami, Bus to Tokushima
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Tokushima
— 1 night
Fly
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Aomori
— 2 nights
Train to Iiyama, Taxi to Yamanouchi-machi
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Yamanouchi-machi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fujiyoshida
— 1 night
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kamakura
— 1 night
Drive
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly

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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.
Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Itsukushima Shrine, &more), Miyajima (Mt. Misen, Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street, &more) and Matsuyama (Isaniwa Shrine, Bocchan Wind up Clock, &more). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kurotaki, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima online vacation builder.

London, UK to Hiroshima is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and train. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Hiroshima due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from London in August: highs in Hiroshima hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow time for the train ride to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

5
nights
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, stop by Arashiyama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, and wander the streets of Gion.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary site.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Kyoto are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

1
night
Nara

Ancient City

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Todai-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nara road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

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Osaka

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin & Mt. Koya). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, stop by Dotombori District, and enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Osaka travel planner.

Traveling by car from Nara to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): make a trip to Taikoiwa, make a trip to Wilson Stump, and then explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens and then don't miss a visit to Kigensugi Cedar.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Yakushima-cho takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. When traveling from Osaka in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Yakushima-cho, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tokushima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Baths · Parks · Nature · Spas

1
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Tokushima

Seemingly floating between the Inland Sea and surrounding mountains, Tokushima serves as the capital city of its prefecture.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): examine the collection at Awa Odori Hall and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Bizan.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tokushima route planning website.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Yakushima-cho to Tokushima in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In August, daytime highs in Tokushima are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Aomori.

Things to do in Tokushima

Parks · Nature · Museums

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Aomori

Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
On the 29th (Wed), admire the striking features of Aomori Prefecture Tourist Centerl ASPAM, don't miss a visit to Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, explore the world behind art at Aomori Museum of Art, then admire the striking features of Sannai-Maruyama Site, and finally browse the collection at Aomori Prefectural Library.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Aomori online tour planner.

Fly from Tokushima to Aomori in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokushima in August: high temperatures in Aomori hover around 30°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Aomori

Museums · Historic Sites

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Yamanouchi-machi

The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens and then identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Yamanouchi-machi driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Aomori to Yamanouchi-machi takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Aomori in August: high temperatures in Yamanouchi-machi hover around 34°C and lows are around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Fujiyoshida.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Wildlife · Parks · Baths · Spas

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Fujiyoshida

A gateway to the volcano, Fujiyoshida sits in the shadow of a giant, and everything across the city seemingly points toward the iconic symbol of national pride, Mount Fuji.
On the 1st (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine and then find something for the whole family at Fuji-Q Highland.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Fujiyoshida day trip app.

Drive from Yamanouchi-machi to Fujiyoshida in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in September: highs in Fujiyoshida hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Fujiyoshida

Theme Parks · Historic Sites

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hakone-machi side-trips: Atami (Atami Castle & Atami Sun Beach). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley, cool off at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko).

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi road trip planning app.

Drive from Fujiyoshida to Hakone-machi in 1.5 hours. September in Hakone-machi sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kamakura.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Theme Parks · Baths · Spas · Parks

Side Trip

1
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Kamakura

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Kōtoku-in, contemplate the long history of Hase-dera Temple, then don't miss a visit to Kamakura Komachidori, and finally steep yourself in history at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

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

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Kamakura takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In September in Kamakura, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

Getting from Kamakura to Tokyo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kamakura in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.