43 days in Japan Itinerary

43 days in Japan Itinerary

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43 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Honolulu, Oahu
Fly + Drive:  11​h
1
Urayasu
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Kawasaki
— 1 night
train:  30​min
3
Yokohama
— 5 nights
train + bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Ito
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Shimoda
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Izu
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
8
Numazu
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
9
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
10
Fujiyoshida
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
11
Nagoya
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
12
Ise
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
13
Shima
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
14
Koya-cho
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
15
Nara
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h
End: Honolulu, Oahu


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3
nights
Urayasu

Urayasu ©
A city lying on Tokyo Bay, Urayasu used to stand separate from the giant metropolis next door, but now, even though it belongs to another prefecture, it seems part of the capital.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): buy something for everyone on your list at Ikspiari and then look for gifts at Bon Voyage. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the magic at Tokyo DisneySea.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Urayasu attractions planner.

Honolulu, USA to Urayasu is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Honolulu to Urayasu is 19 hours. Traveling from Honolulu in September, you will find days in Urayasu are little chillier (79°F), and nights are about the same (73°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kawasaki.

Things to do in Urayasu

Theme Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Ikspiari ©
Ikspiari

1
night
Kawasaki

Kawasaki ©
Easily accessible via a 15-minute train ride from Tokyo, Kawasaki features a modern, industrialized waterfront, as well as a couple of quirky attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): shop like a local with Lazona Kawasaki Plaza, browse the different shops at Grandtree Musashikosugi, and then see the interesting displays at Nihon Minkaen Japan Open Air Folk House Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kawasaki road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Urayasu to Kawasaki takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Kawasaki sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Yokohama.

Things to do in Kawasaki

Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Lazona Kawasaki Plaza ©
Lazona Kawasaki Plaza
Grandtree Musashikosugi ©
Grandtree Musashikosugi

5
nights
Yokohama

Yokohama ©
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mitsui Outlet Park Yokohama Bayside, Yokohama Hakurankan, Yokohama World Porters, and other attractions you added. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Sankeien Gardens, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise, admire the landmark architecture of Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, and shop like a local with Minato Mirai 21.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Yokohama online itinerary planner .

Yokohama is very close to Kawasaki. In September in Yokohama, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Yokohama

Shopping Parks Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Minato Mirai 21 ©
Minato Mirai 21
Sankeien Gardens ©
Sankeien Gardens
Yokohama Chinatown ©
Yokohama Chinatown

3
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Hakone Venetian Glass Museum, Lalique Museum Hakone, Gora Park, and other attractions. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley, stop by Owakudani Kurotamago Kan, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko).

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi trip builder .

You can do a combination of train and bus from Yokohama to Hakone-machi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Yokohama in October: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Ito.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Lalique Museum Hakone ©
Lalique Museum Hakone
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)

1
night
Ito

Ito ©
Not too far from the capital, Ito has developed a reputation as a resort town, with a fair portion of its area lying within a national park.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): walk around Izu Shaboten Zoo, take in the dramatic natural features at Jogasaki Coast, and then snap pictures at Jogasaki Suspension Bridge.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ito trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Ito takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In October, Ito is somewhat warmer than Hakone-machi - with highs of 70°F and lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Shimoda.

Things to do in Ito

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Jogasaki Coast ©
Jogasaki Coast
Izu Shaboten Zoo ©
Izu Shaboten Zoo
Jogasaki Suspension Bridge ©
Jogasaki Suspension Bridge

1
night
Shimoda

Shimoda ©
On a trip to Shimoda, a small town nestled on the tip of the Izu peninsula, you can take advantage of the scenic sandy beaches and soak in the laid-back atmosphere.
On the 8th (Tue), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Shimoda Aquarium, stroll around Shimoda Park, and then don't miss a visit to Perry Road.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Shimoda trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by train from Ito to Shimoda takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Izu.

Things to do in Shimoda

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Shimoda Park ©
Shimoda Park
Perry Road ©
Perry Road

1
night
Izu

Izu ©
Izu sits in the center of the mountainous Izu Peninsula.
On the 9th (Wed), admire the sheer force of Joren Waterfall, then take in the pleasant sights at Chikurinnokomichi, and then stroll around Shuzenji Nijino Sato.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Izu online journey planner .

Getting from Shimoda to Izu by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. October in Izu sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Numazu.

Things to do in Izu

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Shuzenji Nijino Sato ©
Shuzenji Nijino Sato
Joren Waterfall ©
Joren Waterfall
Chikurinnokomichi ©
Chikurinnokomichi

1
night
Numazu

Numazu ©
Numazu tourism focuses primarily on what lies just outside of the town, with the urban area providing a base for wider regional, natural explorations.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Rakujuen Park, walk around Shirataki Park, and then get to know the fascinating history of Gempeigawa River.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Numazu trip planning website .

Numazu is just a stone's throw from Izu. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in October, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Numazu

Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mishima
Highlights from your plan
Shirataki Park ©
Shirataki Park
Gempeigawa River ©
Gempeigawa River
Rakujuen Park ©
Rakujuen Park

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): explore the activities along Motosuko Lake, make a trip to Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba, then walk around Oishi Park, then take in the pleasant sights at Lake Kawaguchi, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Numazu to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Numazu in October, things will get slightly colder in Fujikawaguchiko-machi: highs are around 62°F and lows about 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Fujiyoshida.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Oishi Park ©
Oishi Park
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba ©
Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba

1
night
Fujiyoshida

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fuji-Q Highland. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): get in on the family fun at Fuji-Q Highland.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Fujiyoshida tour builder .

Fujiyoshida is very close to Fujikawaguchiko-machi. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in October, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Hokuto.

Things to do in Fujiyoshida

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Fuji-Q Highland ©
Fuji-Q Highland

4
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Oasis 21. Change things up with these side-trips from Nagoya: Kuwana (Nabana no Sato & Nagashima Spa Land). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, get curious at Nagoya City Science Museum, see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and take in panoramic vistas at Nagoya TV Tower.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Nagoya attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Fujiyoshida to Nagoya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Fujiyoshida in October: highs in Nagoya hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 61°F. On the 17th (Thu), you'll travel to Ise.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Kuwana
Highlights from your plan
Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Garden ©
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

3
nights
Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Ise is known for historic sites, museums, zoos & aquariums, nature, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Okage Yokocho, steep yourself in history at Oharai-machi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Meotoiwa, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Toba Aquarium.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Ise journey builder .

You can take a train from Nagoya to Ise in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In October, daily temperatures in Ise can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Shima.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Toba Aquarium
Highlights from your plan
Meotoiwa ©
Meotoiwa
Okage Yokocho ©
Okage Yokocho
Toba Aquarium ©
Toba Aquarium

4
nights
Shima

Shima ©
The city of Shima has long been associated with pearl farming and cultivation, though holidaymakers have found plenty of other reasons to visit this coastal area in recent years.
Shima is known for theme parks, historic sites, nature, zoos & aquariums, and baths. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Hotel Shima Spain Mura, steep yourself in history at Izawanomiya, observe the fascinating underwater world at Shima Marine Land, and take an in-depth tour of Iseshima Summit Memorial Museum Samieru.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Shima trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ise to Shima takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in October, and nighttime lows around 66°F. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll travel to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Shima

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trip

Toba Observatory
Highlights from your plan
Kashikojima ©
Kashikojima
Hotel Shima Spain Mura ©
Hotel Shima Spain Mura
Izawanomiya ©
Izawanomiya

6
nights
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Kumano (Onigajo, Maruyama Senmai Rice Field, & more) and Totsukawa-mura (Tanizeno Tsuribashi, Tamaki Shrine, & more).

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Koya-cho trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Shima to Koya-cho takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In October in Koya-cho, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 63°F at night. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nara.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Kumano, Totsukawa-mura, 十丈峠 Kumano Kodo Trail
Highlights from your plan
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple

6
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.
Nara is known for historic sites, parks, museums, nature, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Nara Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Saho River, and look for gifts at Naramachi Nakanishi Yosaburo.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Nara sightseeing planning app .

Traveling by car from Koya-cho to Nara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 64°F. On the 3rd (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Saho River ©
Saho River

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