45 days in Japan Itinerary

45 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Nikko
— 5 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
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Matsumoto
— 4 nights
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Himeji
— 1 night
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tokyo attractions planning site.

Brussels, Belgium to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Brussels to Tokyo, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Brussels in October, with highs in Tokyo at 26°C and lows at 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Nikko

— 5 nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nikko: Sanbon Yaridake Moutain (in Nasushiobara) and Nasu-machi (Nasu Onsen, Mt. Nasu, &more). Spend the 25th (Mon) exploring nature at Nikko National Park. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls, take in breathtaking views at Setoai-kyo Canyon, and head outdoors with Odashirogahara.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Nikko trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in October: highs in Nikko hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Hakone-machi

— 3 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Explore Hakone-machi's surroundings by going to Nagaike Shinsui Park (in Yamanakako-mura) and Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum, Lake Kawaguchi, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and take a memorable drive along Hakone Skyline.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hakone-machi trip planning tool.

You can drive from Nikko to Hakone-machi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Nikko in October, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Matsumoto

— 4 nights
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Venture out of the city with trips to Happo-one Nature Study Course (in Hakuba-mura), Nagano (Zenko-ji Temple & Snow Monkey Resorts) and Daiho-ji Temple (in Aoki-mura). Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through Matsumoto Castle, contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto itinerary planner.

Getting from Hakone-machi to Matsumoto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Matsumoto when traveling from Hakone-machi in October, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road (in Hakusan) and Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, examine the collection at Dolls Museum, and take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kanazawa online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Matsumoto to Kanazawa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in November, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

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.
When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Todai-ji Temple in Nara, approximately Nara away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and take a stroll through Gion.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

Osaka

— 4 nights
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 Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Nara Park, &more). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Osaka online trip builder.

You can drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Osaka are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Himeji

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Himeji trip itinerary maker tool.

You can take a train from Osaka to Himeji in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November in Himeji, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

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 Okayama (Okayama Korakuen Garden & Okayama Castle), Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more) and Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter (in Kurashiki). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip builder tool.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In November in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Nagasaki

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Church Hongouchi, see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, then pause for some photo ops at Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Nabekanmuriyama Park, contemplate the long history of Glover Garden, then examine the collection at Dejima, then snap pictures at Megane Bridge, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Nagasaki trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Nagasaki can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Ishigaki

— 6 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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head into the lower depths with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, walk around Banna Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Nagasaki to Ishigaki takes 5.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Nagasaki in November; daily highs in Ishigaki reach 31°C and lows reach 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

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.