46 days in Japan Itinerary

46 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Toronto
Fly:  17 h 45 min
1
Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
Bus + Train:  1 h 15 min
2
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h
3
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Ferry:  1 h
4
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
Ferry:  4 h
5
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
6
Onna-son
— 5 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
7
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  4 h 30 min
8
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
9
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
10
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
11
Kutchan-cho
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  20 h 15 min
End: Toronto

4
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Pola Museum of Art and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine and Mount Fuji are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Ito (Omuro Mountain Lift, Mount Omuro, &more), Kawazu Nanadaru Waterfalls (in Kawazu-cho) and Mt. Amagi Tunnel (Former Amagi Tunnel) (in Izu). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kunozan Toshogu Shrine, contemplate the long history of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, and step into the grandiose world of Kazurayama Castle Ruins.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Hakone-machi attractions planner.

Toronto, Canada to Hakone-machi is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Hakone-machi is 14 hours. Traveling from Toronto in April, Hakone-machi is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ito, Kazurayama Castle Ruins, Kawazu Nanadaru Waterfalls, Mt. Amagi Tunnel (Former Amagi Tunnel), Nature & Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine ©
Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu
Jogasaki Coast ©
Jogasaki Coast

5
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hase-dera Temple and Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple. Zojo-ji Temple and Imperial Palace will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Katori Jingu Shrine (in Katori) and Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Kōtoku-in). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and visit Ginza.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo vacation planner.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Hakone-machi in April, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (22°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Katori Jingu Shrine, Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Zojo-ji Temple ©
Zojo-ji Temple
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

4
nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement. Visiting Kondoi Beach and Stand-Up Paddleboarding will get you outdoors. Take a break from Ishigaki with a short trip to Nakamoto Beach in Kuro-shima, about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get great views at Cape Ongazaki, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, and take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki trip planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Ishigaki by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Tokyo in April, with highs in Ishigaki at 30°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Nakamoto Beach, Island Countryside Settlement
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Pinaisara Falls. Visiting Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach, step off the mainland to explore Barasu Island, and look for all kinds of wild species at Amitori Asaba.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima sightseeing planning tool.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 1.5 hours. In May in Iriomote-jima, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Barasu Island ©
Barasu Island

3
nights
Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yabiji and Aragusuku Beach. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Toguchi no Hama. Next up on the itinerary: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, kick back and relax at Nagamahama Beach Coast, enjoy breathtaking views from Makiyama Observatory, and don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima travel route planner.

Ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Yabiji
Yabiji
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

5
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Okinawa Peace Memorial Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Sefa-Utaki and Nakijin Castle Ruins. Explore Onna-son's surroundings by going to Katsuren Castle Ruins (in Uruma), Kouri Beach (in Nakijin-son) and Nakagusuku Castle Ruins (in Kitanakagusuku-son). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Daisekirinzan, don't miss a visit to Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, head outdoors with Manza Beach, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okichan Theater.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Onna-son trip planner.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Onna-son in 5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Onna-son when traveling from Miyakojima in May, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Nakijin-son, Kunigami-son, Sefa-Utaki, Katsuren Castle Ruins
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Daisekirinzan ©
Daisekirinzan

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Oko no Taki Fall, thenhead outdoors with Seibu Trail, and then explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Tachudake, thenget your bearings at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, and then explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land.

Before you visit Yakushima-cho, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Yakushima-cho when traveling from Onna-son in May, with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Seibu Trail ©
Seibu Trail
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and Senjokaku. Get some cultural insight at Itsukushima Shrine Torii and Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Miyajima (in Hatsukaichi), Tomo no Ura (in Fukuyama) and Senkoji & Senkoji Park (in Onomichi). The adventure continues: appreciate the history behind Peace Flame, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima holiday planning tool.

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Hiroshima by combination of flight and train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. In May in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Tomo no Ura, Kintaikyo Bridge, Senkoji & Senkoji Park
Highlights from your plan
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Explore hidden gems such as Toji and Kodai-ji Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Nara (Nigatsu-do Temple, Nara Park, &more) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trips

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

5
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Take a break from the city and head to Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway. Get some historical perspective at Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple and Higashiyama Walking Course. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Shirakawa-mura (Tenshukakau Observatory, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more), Yuki no Otani (Snow Wall) (in Tateyama-machi) and Maruoka Castle (in Sakai). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Ainokura Gassho Community, don't miss a visit to Suganuma Gassho Community, see the interesting displays at Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, and admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in May, expect nights in Kanazawa to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Nanto, Tateyama-machi, Takayama, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Highlights from your plan
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route ©
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

3
nights
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Visiting Shimamu Beach and Niseko Hanazono Resort will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place and Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area. Change things up with these side-trips from Kutchan-cho: Shinsennuma (in Kyowa-cho), Cape Kamui (in Shakotan-cho) and Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho). There's more to do: get outside with White Isle Niseko and walk around Fukidashi Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kutchan-cho trip builder app.

Fly from Kanazawa to Kutchan-cho in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kanazawa in May, expect nights in Kutchan-cho to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are slightly colder, around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Shakotan-cho, Shinsennuma, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, Fukidashi Park, Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area
Highlights from your plan
Niseko Mountain Resort  Grand Hirafu Ski Place ©
Shimamu Beach ©
Shimamu Beach
Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort

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