47 days in Japan Itinerary

47 days in Japan Itinerary

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47 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Jeju, Jeju Island
+2
Fly + subway + train:  7​h 30​min
1
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Beppu
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Matsue
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Himeji
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
6
Kobe
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
7
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
8
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Matsumoto
— 1 night
Fly + train:  4​h 45​min
10
Otaru
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
11
Hakodate
— 1 night
train:  3​h 45​min
12
Hirosaki
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
13
Shirakawa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
14
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
15
Yokohama
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
16
Fuji National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  13​h
End: Ulaanbaatar

3
nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Yutoku Inari Shrine and Suwa Shrine. Get out of town with these interesting Nagasaki side-trips: Sasebo (Huis Ten Bosch & Ishidake Observatory). Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Inasayama Observation Deck, don't miss a visit to World Peace Symbol Zone, see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Shipyard Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Nagasaki tour itinerary maker .

Jeju, South Korea to Nagasaki is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Beppu.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Sasebo, Yutoku Inari Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Yutoku Inari Shrine ©
Yutoku Inari Shrine
Inasayama Observation Deck ©
Inasayama Observation Deck
Suwa Shrine ©
Suwa Shrine

4
nights
Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Usuki Sekibutsu and Chinoike Jigoku. Get out of town with these interesting Beppu side-trips: Kumano Magaibutsu (in Bungotakada) and Lake Kinrin (in Yufu). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Kijima Kogen Park, don't miss a visit to Yamanami Highway, appreciate the history behind Statue of Kumahachi Aburaya, and hike along Mt. Tsurumi.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Beppu trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Nagasaki to Beppu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Beppu are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kumano Magaibutsu, Usuki Sekibutsu, Yamanami Highway, Lake Kinrin
Highlights from your plan
Hells of Beppu ©
Hells of Beppu
Usuki Sekibutsu ©
Usuki Sekibutsu
Kijima Kogen Park ©
Kijima Kogen Park

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Step off the beaten path and head to Peace Bell and JMSDF Kure Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, & more), Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda (in Yamaguchi) and Okunoshima Island (in Takehara). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Peace Clock Tower, walk around Senkoji & Senkoji Park, and steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip maker site .

Getting from Beppu to Hiroshima by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Matsue.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Okunoshima Island, JMSDF Kure Museum, Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda, Senkoji & Senkoji Park
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda
Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda
Peace Bell ©
Peace Bell

4
nights
Matsue

Matsue ©
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yaegaki Shrine and Daisen White Resort. Explore Matsue's surroundings by going to Oki Chibu Red Cliff (in Chibu-mura), Adachi Museum of Art (in Yasugi) and Ogamiyama Shrine Okunomiya (in Daisen-cho). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Yuushien Garden, step into the grandiose world of Matsue Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Taisha Shrine, and examine the collection at Gogin Karakoro Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Matsue trip planner .

Drive from Hiroshima to Matsue in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. March in Matsue sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Himeji.

Things to do in Matsue

Parks Historic Sites Winter Sports

Side Trips

Daisen-cho, Adachi Museum of Art, Oki Chibu Red Cliff
Highlights from your plan
Adachi Museum of Art ©
Adachi Museum of Art
Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine
Yuushien Garden ©
Yuushien Garden

3
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Koko-en Garden and Hiromine Shrine. Explore Himeji's surroundings by going to Old Shizutani School (in Bizen), Bizen Osafune Token Village (in Setouchi) and Ritsuun Gorge (in Asago). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iida Ebisu Shrine, hike along Mt Shosha hiking, and take in nature's colorful creations at Okayama Korakuen Garden.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Himeji trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Matsue to Himeji in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Himeji

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Okayama, Ritsuun Gorge, Old Shizutani School, Bizen Osafune Token Village
Highlights from your plan
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden

4
nights
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Otsuka Museum of Art and Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kobe: Awaji (Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park & Hokudan Earthquake Memorial Park). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, stroll around Arima Onsen, admire the sheer force of Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki), and snap pictures at Venus Bridge.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kobe online vacation planner .

Kobe is just a stone's throw from Himeji. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Awaji, Nishinomiya, Otsuka Museum of Art
Highlights from your plan
Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum ©
Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum
Otsuka Museum of Art ©
Otsuka Museum of Art
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens ©
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens

4
nights
Kyoto

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.
Monkey Park Iwatayama has been added to your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Walking tours and Nabana no Sato. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Amanohashidate (in Miyazu) and Ise (Oharai-machi, Ise Shrine Geku, & more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Shosei-en Garden, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kyoto journey planner.

Kyoto is just a short distance from Kobe. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

Ise, Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), Nabana no Sato, Amanohashidate
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Ise Shrine Geku ©
Ise Shrine Geku

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ainokura Gassho Community and Gyokusen-immaru Garden. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Ski Jam Katsuyama (in Katsuyama), Natadera Temple (in Komatsu) and Takasu Snow Park (in Gujo). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro, and wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip builder app .

Take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in March, plan for little chillier days in Kanazawa, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Nanto, Natadera Temple, Ski Jam Katsuyama, Takasu Snow Park
Highlights from your plan
Ski Jam Katsuyama ©
Ski Jam Katsuyama
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Gokayama ©
Gokayama

1
night
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): hit the slopes at Mt. Norikura Snow Resort and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fukashi Shrine.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto day trip planning site .

You can drive from Kanazawa to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daytime highs in Matsumoto are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Otaru.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Norikura Snow Resort ©
Mt. Norikura Snow Resort
Fukashi Shrine ©
Fukashi Shrine

1
night
Otaru

Otaru ©
The port city of Otaru has long attracted domestic visitors, drawn in by the city's many historic buildings, and has started to garner international attention, too.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): stop by Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building, observe the fascinating underwater world at Otaru Aquarium, contemplate the waterfront views at Otaru Canal, then make a trip to JR Otaru Station, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tomioka Catholic Church.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Otaru tour itinerary builder tool .

Do a combination of flight and train from Matsumoto to Otaru in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Matsumoto in April: high temperatures in Otaru hover around 9°C and lows are around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hakodate.

Things to do in Otaru

Parks Shopping Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Otaru  Aquarium ©
Otaru Aquarium
JR Otaru Station
JR Otaru Station

1
night
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Hakodate Observatory, don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St.John's Church Hakodate, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakodate travel route builder site .

Getting from Otaru to Hakodate by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of train and flight. In April, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Hachimanzaka ©
Hachimanzaka
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower

1
night
Hirosaki

Hirosaki ©
A center of political power during the feudal era, Hirosaki today stands as a hub of culture and history in the north of the island.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): make a trip to Hirosaki Food Market, Niji no Mart, then walk around Hirosaki Park, then step into the grandiose world of Hirosaki Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Iwakiyama Shrine.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hirosaki holiday maker app .

You can take a train from Hakodate to Hirosaki in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and taxi; or fly. In April in Hirosaki, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Shirakawa.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hirosaki Castle ©
Hirosaki Castle
Hirosaki Park ©
Hirosaki Park
Iwakiyama Shrine ©
Iwakiyama Shrine

1
night
Shirakawa

Shirakawa ©
Shirakawa is a city located in Fukushima Prefecture, in northern Honshū, Japan. On the 5th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Nishinosato Promenade, then walk around Nanko Park, then explore the historical opulence of Komine Castle Remains, and finally contemplate the long history of Myokanji Temple.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Shirakawa attractions planner.

Getting from Hirosaki to Shirakawa by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Hirosaki in April, with highs in Shirakawa at 17°C and lows at 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shirakawa

Parks Wildlife Trails
Highlights from your plan
Nanko Park ©
Nanko Park
Komine Castle Remains ©
Komine Castle Remains
Myokanji Temple ©
Myokanji Temple

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Tokyo

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Samurai Armor Photo Studio and Ashikaga Flower Park. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Mt. Takao in Hachioji, about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and admire the masterpieces at Nezu Museum.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo journey app .

Drive from Shirakawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Shirakawa in April: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 22°C and lows are around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Yokohama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trips

Ashikaga Flower Park, Mt. Takao
Highlights from your plan
Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Ashikaga Flower Park ©
Ashikaga Flower Park
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal and Sankeien Gardens. There's lots more to do: stroll around Yamashita Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Yokohama English Garden, sample the tasty concoctions at Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory, and get to know the fascinating history of Kishamichi Promenade.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Yokohama online travel route planner .

Drive from Tokyo to Yokohama in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. April in Yokohama sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Fuji National Park.

Things to do in Yokohama

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Yokohama Negishi Forest Park ©
Yokohama Negishi Forest Park
Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal ©
Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal
Yamashita Park ©
Yamashita Park

1
night
Fuji National Park

Fuji National Park ©
Featuring the highest mountain peak in the country, Fuji National Park has long been a place of pilgrimage and poetry, with the active stratovolcano central to Japanese identity, history, and art.
You've now added Mount Fuji to your itinerary.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Fuji National Park trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Yokohama to Fuji National Park takes 2.5 hours. When traveling from Yokohama in April, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Fuji National Park: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fuji National Park

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Mount Fuji
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji

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