45 days in Japan Itinerary

45 days in Japan Itinerary

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Sapporo
— 8 nights
Fly
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Akita
— 8 nights
Fly to Chūbu Centrair, Train to Takayama
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Takayama
— 4 nights
Drive
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Mino
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 13 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
Fly to Akita Airport, Drive to Oga
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Oga
— 2 nights
Drive to Akita Airport, Fly to Sydney

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Sapporo

— 8 nights

CIty of Ramen

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Sapporo side-trips: Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place (in Kutchan-cho), Rusutsu Resort Ski (in Rusutsu-mura) and Jigokudani (in Noboribetsu). There's lots more to do: walk around Odori Park, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, contemplate the waterfront views at Otaru Canal, and make a trip to Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Sapporo trip planner.

Tokyo to Sapporo is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in January, expect nights in Sapporo to be a bit cooler, around -6°C, while days are much colder, around -3°C. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Fri) before leaving for Akita.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Akita

— 8 nights
The coastal city of Akita has gained a wider reputation for its Kanto Matsuri, or "pole lantern festival," where skilled performers balance long bamboo poles on their foreheads with glowing paper lanterns attached to the end.
Explore Akita's surroundings by going to Oga (Namahage Museum, Ogashinzan Traditional Museum, &more), Semboku (Tatsuko no Kagamiishi, Lake Tazawa, &more) and Gojome-machi (Gojome Castle Forest Museum & Akita Environmental and Cultural Village). There's still lots to do: hit the slopes at Mt.Moriyoshi ANI SKI RESORT, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsuchizaki Catholic Church, see the interesting displays at Akita city Minzoku Geinou Densho-kan, and explore the world behind art at Akita Museum Of Art.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Akita road trip site.

Fly from Sapporo to Akita in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Sapporo, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Akita, ranging from highs of 2°C to lows of -3°C. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Takayama.

Things to do in Akita

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Takayama

— 4 nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, &more) and Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, hunt for treasures at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, and get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato).

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You can do a combination of flight and train from Akita to Takayama in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Akita in February: highs in Takayama hover around 7°C, while lows dip to 0°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Mino.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Mino

— 2 nights
Mino is a city located in the Gifu Prefecture of central Japan, founded on April 1, 1954.As of July 2011, the city has an estimated population of 22,447 and a population density of 190 persons per km². You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mino: Seki (Monet’s Pond & Nemichi Shrine), Nabana no Sato (in Kuwana) and Mt. Ibuki (in Maibara). There's still lots to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at World Fresh Water Aquarium Aquatotto Gifu, test the waters at a local thermal spa, get to know the fascinating history of Miroku-ji Temple Kangaisekigun, and pause for some photo ops at Enkunyujozuka.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Mino trip site.

You can drive from Takayama to Mino in 2 hours. February in Mino sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Mino

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Spas

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 13 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dotombori District (in Dotombori), Hirakata Park (in Hirakata) and Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, SpaWorld, &more). There's much more to do: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and visit Arashiyama.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Mino to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. February in Kyoto sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 5 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 Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, &more), Matsuyama (Matsuyama Castle & Thermal Spas) and Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, don't miss a visit to Okonomimura, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima day trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Hiroshima by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. March in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Oga.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Oga

— 2 nights
Oga is a city located in Akita Prefecture, Japan.As of May 2015, the city has an estimated population of 29,318, and a population density of 122 persons per km2. For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Oga trip itinerary planning app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hiroshima to Oga. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Hiroshima in March, with highs in Oga at 7°C and lows at 0°C. You will leave for home on the 15th (Fri).

Things to do in Oga

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · 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.