44 days in Japan Itinerary

44 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Tokyo Narita, Train to Nikko
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Nikko
— 3 nights
Fly
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Shari-cho
— 3 nights
Fly
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Ito
— 5 nights
Drive
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Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Drive
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Toyooka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Yakushima
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Kagoshima, Train to Kumamoto, Drive to Takachiho-cho
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Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
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Bus to Fukuoka, Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 4 nights
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Nikko

A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ryuokyo Canyon and Kammangafuchi Gorge. Visit Yomeimon (Main Gate) and Rinno-ji Temple for their historical value. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Yunoko Lake, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nikko National Park, make a trip to Senjogahara Field, and take in the dramatic scenery at Yudaki Falls.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nikko trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Nikko is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and train. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Nikko due to the time zone difference. In September, Nikko is a bit warmer than Amsterdam - with highs of 29°C and lows of 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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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.
Get outdoors at Shiretoko Misaki and Shiretoko Pass. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Shari-cho: Teshikaga-cho (Mt. Io & Lake Mashu). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Godzilla Rock, get interesting insight from Tours, explore the striking landscape of Shiretoko Nature Center, and steep yourself in history at Old Sulfur Mining Site.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Shari-cho trip website.

You can fly from Nikko to Shari-cho in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Nikko in September: high temperatures in Shari-cho hover around 22°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ito.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

5
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tatadohama Beach and Shirahama Beach. Popular historic sites such as Enoshima Sea Candle and Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ito: Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple & Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)), Hakone-machi (Onshi Hakone Park & Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu) and Enoshima Island (in Fujisawa). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Yumigahama Beach, take a memorable ride with Omuro Mountain Lift, admire the sheer force of Kawazu Nanadaru Waterfalls, and contemplate the long history of Kiunkaku.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Ito trip planner.

Fly from Shari-cho to Ito in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Shari-cho in September, expect Ito to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Ito

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

2
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Takayama

Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): Head underground at Hida Great Limestone Cave and Ohashi Collection Kan Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hida Gokoku Shrine. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum, contemplate the long history of Kanda house, take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then enjoy breathtaking views from Tenshukakau Observatory, and finally take an in-depth tour of Old Toyama Folk House Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Takayama day trip tool.

Drive from Ito to Takayama in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Ito in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Takayama, with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Wineries

Side Trip

4
nights
Kanazawa

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore hidden gems such as Ainokura Gassho Community and Suganuma Gassho Community. Your inner history buff will appreciate Natadera Temple and Eiheijiguchi Station Old Building. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple (in Eiheiji-cho), Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama) and Maruoka Castle (in Sakai). Next up on the itinerary: visit Gokayama, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, take a memorable drive along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, and examine the collection at Ishikawa Aviation Plaza.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Kanazawa visit planner.

Drive from Takayama to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Toyooka.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

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Toyooka

A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): contemplate the long history of Takeda Castle Ruins, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gokurakuji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Onsenji Temple, then get to know the fascinating history of Street of Kinosaki Onsen, and finally boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): snap pictures at Amarube Railroad Bridge, Sorano Eki, enjoy the sand and surf at Shotenkyo Beach, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Kinosaki Marine World, and finally kick back and relax at Hiyoriyama Seacoast.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Toyooka road trip planner.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Toyooka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Toyooka can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Toyooka

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches

Side Trips

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hachiman-bori and Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple). Genkyuen Garden and Higashi Hongan-ji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Hikone Castle (in Hikone), Ise (Sarutahiko Shrine, Ise Shrine Geku, &more) and Nigatsu-do Temple (in Nara). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishi Honganji, don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, steep yourself in history at Koyasan Danjo Garan, and stroll the grounds of Koyasan Okunoin.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip planning app.

Getting from Toyooka to Kyoto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. Traveling from Toyooka in September, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 33°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

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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.
Popular historic sites such as Peace Flame and Mitaki Temple are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Hiroshima Museum of Art and Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Kure (Yamato Museum & JMSDF Kure Museum), Hatsukaichi (Daishoin Temple & Senjokaku) and Miyajima (Shiraito Falls & Momijidani Park). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Mazda Museum, pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima day trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

2
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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 3rd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Taikoiwa, take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, then make a trip to Jōmon Sugi, and finally don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens and then get outside with Yakusugi Land.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Yakushima-cho trip itinerary planning app.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Yakushima-cho in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Hiroshima in October since evenings lows in Yakushima-cho dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Trails

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Tsujun Bridge and Takachiho Shrine. Get outdoors at Manai Falls and Mt. Aso. Change things up with these side-trips from Takachiho-cho: Sangasho Shrine (in Gokase-cho), Aso (Daikanbo & Kusasenrigahama) and Kikuchi Gorge (in Kikuchi). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Kunimigaoka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Amanomanai, go for a walk through Amano Yasugawara, and take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Takachiho-cho trip tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry, train, and car from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Yakushima-cho in October since evenings lows in Takachiho-cho dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Visiting Pinaisara Falls and Hoshisuna Beach will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Barasu Island and Ida no Hama Beach. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Kanpiree Waterfall, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, get interesting insight from Tours, and step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Iriomote-jima itinerary builder app.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry from Takachiho-cho to Iriomote-jima in 10.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Takachiho-cho in October, with highs in Iriomote-jima at 34°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Island Countryside Settlement and Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River. Escape the urban bustle at Kaiji Beach and Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave. There's lots more to do: stroll around Banna Park, take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and head outdoors with Cape Hirakubozaki.

Plan a Ishigaki trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

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Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Explore hidden gems such as Yabiji and Ikema-jima Island. Get in touch with nature at Toguchi no Hama and Scuba & Snorkeling. And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through Nishihenna Cape, enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, walk around Imugya Marine Garden, and head off the coast to Irabu-jima Island.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Miyakojima driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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.