47 days in Japan Itinerary

47 days in Japan Itinerary

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Kamakura
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Hakodate
— 2 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
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Matsumoto
— 5 nights
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
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Himeji
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Ishigaki
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Kamakura

— 3 nights

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Get out of town with these interesting Kamakura side-trips: Yokosuka (Mt. Miura Fuji & Yokosuka City Iris Flower Garden). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kōtoku-in, hike along Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi, steep yourself in history at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, and head off the coast to Enoshima Island.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kamakura online tour itinerary maker.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Kamakura is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 5 hours. Traveling from Dubai in May, you will find days in Kamakura are much colder (22°C), and nights are little chillier (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kamakura

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 7 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo DisneySea & Tokyo Disneyland). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and stop by Akihabara.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Tokyo itinerary builder website.

Drive from Kamakura to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kamakura in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Hakodate.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Hakodate

— 2 nights

City of Lights

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 26th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Kyu Soma-tei, look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, steep yourself in history at Goryokaku Park, then get engrossed in the history at Goryokaku Tower, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kameda Hachimangu Shrine. Keep things going the next day: laugh and play at Hakodate Park, don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Motomachi, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Hakodate Orthodox Church.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hakodate itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Hakodate takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in May: high temperatures in Hakodate hover around 18°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to fly to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Theme Parks

Hakone-machi

— 4 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hakone-machi: Baird Brewery Gardens Shusenji (in Izu), Yamanakako-mura (Hirano Lake Shore & Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck) and Inoue Sake Brewery (in Oi-machi). Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, explore the activities along Lake Ashinoko, go for a walk through Lake Kawaguchi, and take in panoramic vistas at Tenkakudai.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi trip builder website.

Getting from Hakodate to Hakone-machi by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Hakone-machi when traveling from Hakodate in May, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Matsumoto

— 5 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Matsumoto: Takayama (Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), Takayama Jinya, &more) and Nihyaku Jizo (in Shiojiri). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, delve into the lush surroundings at Tashiro Shitsugen, stroll through Larch Forests In Kamikochi area, and explore the activities along Pond Tashiro.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Matsumoto using our trip planner.

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Matsumoto, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 5 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Tonami Tulip Park (in Tonami), Angoji Temple (in Nanto) and Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Higashichaya Old Town, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and go for a walk through Yuki no Otani (Snow Wall).

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa road trip planning site.

You can take a train from Matsumoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 7 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Jindoji Temple (in Kizugawa), Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Todai-ji Temple, &more) and Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Mizuno Sportology Gallery, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, take a stroll through Gion, and stop by Dotombori District.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kyoto road trip planning website.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Himeji

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoneda Taishiji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Kobe Harborland, take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), then take in panoramic vistas at Kobe City Hall (Observation Deck), and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Himeji sightseeing website.

Getting from Kyoto to Himeji by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Kyoto in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Himeji: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima), Kurashiki (Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, Ohara Museum of Art, &more) and Momijidani Park (in Miyajima). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, and admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. June in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

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, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, stop by Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, walk around Banna Park, and see the sky in a new way at Ishigakijima Observatory.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Ishigaki in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hiroshima in June: high temperatures in Ishigaki hover around 37°C and lows are around 32°C. On the 30th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.