46 days in Japan Itinerary

46 days in Japan Itinerary

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46 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly:  16​h
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
2
Shari-cho
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Hirosaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
4
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  6​h 45​min
7
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
ferry:  4​h
8
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
9
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + train + bus:  5​h 15​min
10
Motobu-cho
— 3 nights
+3
bus + train + Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
11
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + bus + train:  7​h 15​min
12
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
train:  5​h 15​min
13
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  17​h
End: Brussels

4
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo National Museum. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Odaiba, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

Plan my trip to Tokyo with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Brussels, Belgium to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Brussels to Tokyo. Traveling from Brussels in May, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 28°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

3
nights
Shari-cho

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Shiretoko Goko Lake and Mt. Rausu. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Shari-cho: Teshikaga-cho (Mashu Third Observatory & Lake Mashu). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Shiretoko Misaki, take a memorable drive along Shiretoko Pass, take in the dramatic scenery at Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Io.

Plan my Shari-cho trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

Getting from Tokyo to Shari-cho by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in May: high temperatures in Shari-cho hover around 18°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Hokkaido, Teshikaga-cho
Highlights from your plan
Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Mt. Rausu ©
Mt. Rausu
Lake Mashu ©
Lake Mashu

3
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hirosaki Park and Tachineputa No Yakata. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hirosaki: Aomori (Sannai-Maruyama Ruins & Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Hirosaki Castle, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Shirakami Sanchi, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Iwakiyama Shrine.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hirosaki online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Shari-cho to Hirosaki in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aomori, Shirakami Sanchi, Tachineputa No Yakata
Highlights from your plan
Hirosaki Park ©
Hirosaki Park
Hirosaki Castle ©
Hirosaki Castle
Mt. Iwaki ©
Mt. Iwaki

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 Tenshukakau Observatory and Fugan Unga Kansui Park. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama), Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple, don't miss a visit to Ainokura Gassho Community, contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, and get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course.

To see photos and tourist information, read Kanazawa attractions planner.

You can fly from Hirosaki to Kanazawa in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. While traveling from Hirosaki, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Takayama, Fugan Unga Kansui Park, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Tenshukakau Observatory ©
Tenshukakau Observatory
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum

5
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Toji and Kyutei Omuro. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle, & more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kyoto day trip website .

Take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): make a trip to Daimonzaka, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirou Shrine, then take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikura Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hashigui Rock.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Nachikatsura-cho online journey planner .

You can drive from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. In June, daily temperatures in Nachikatsura-cho can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Shingu, Hashigui Rock
Highlights from your plan
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Nachi Mitaki Falls ©
Nachi Mitaki Falls
Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yonaha Maehama Beach and Irabu Ohashi. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, and step off the mainland to explore Shimojiiima Island.

Plan my day in Miyakojima using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Nachikatsura-cho to Miyakojima by combination of train and flight takes about 7 hours. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in June, expect Miyakojima to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Irabu Ohashi ©
Irabu Ohashi
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, then take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Funauki Village.

To find maps and more tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima driving holiday tool .

Ride a ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima in 4 hours. In June in Iriomote-jima, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 32°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Tours Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls

4
nights
Ishigaki

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 Cape Hirakubozaki and Tamatorizaki Observatory. There's lots more to do: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, walk around Banna Park, explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, and make a trip to Cape Ongazaki.

Planning Ishigaki trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in an hour. June in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 32°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Taketomi-jima
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

3
nights
Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Cape Hedo. Go for a jaunt from Motobu-cho to Nakijin-son to see Kouri Ohashi about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, steep yourself in history at Nakijin Castle Ruins, take in the pleasant sights at Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, and meet the residents at Okichan Theater.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Motobu-cho trip website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Ishigaki to Motobu-cho in 5.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Nakijin-son, Cape Hedo, Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park ©
Scuba & Snorkeling
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road ©
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road

2
nights
Yakushima-cho

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Wilson Stump. Spend the 23rd (Tue) exploring nature at Yakusugi Land. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Oko no Taki Fall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nagata Inakahama, and don't miss a visit to Jōmon Sugi.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Yakushima-cho online travel planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Motobu-cho to Yakushima-cho takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Motobu-cho in June; daily highs in Yakushima-cho reach 30°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land

2
nights
Takachiho-cho

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Takachiho Gorge and Amano Iwato Shrine. Explore Takachiho-cho's surroundings by going to Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus (in Taketa), Aso (Daikanbo & Kusasenri) and Shirakawa Springs (in Minamiaso-mura). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Yasugawara and get impressive views of Mt. Aso.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Takachiho-cho trip itinerary maker tool .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Takachiho-cho can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aso, Shirakawa Springs, Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus, Mt. Aso
Highlights from your plan
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Daikanbo ©
Daikanbo
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Kintaikyo Bridge and Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, & more). There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima day trip website .

Take a train from Takachiho-cho to Hiroshima in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kintaikyo Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Kintaikyo Bridge ©
Kintaikyo Bridge
The Cenotaph ©
The Cenotaph

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