47 days in Japan Itinerary

47 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 1 night
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Okinawa City
— 3 nights
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Kumamoto
— 1 night
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Beppu
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Nagoya
— 4 nights
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Yamanouchi-machi
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
— 11 nights
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Sendai
— 2 nights
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Hakodate
— 2 nights
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Sapporo
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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.
To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip planning website.

Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Brisbane in November: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 19°C and lows are around 11°C. You will leave for Okinawa City on the 27th (Mon).

Things to do in Tokyo

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Okinawa City

Okinawa City
Okinawa is the second-largest city in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, following Naha, the capital city. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sefa-Utaki and Tokashiku Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Nanjo (Nirai Bridge/Kanai Bridge & Okinawa World Culture Kingdom Gyokusendo), Zamami-son (Aka Bridge & Nishibama Beach) and Toyosaki Kaihin Koen (in Tomigusuku). Next up on the itinerary: visit Chatan Park and don't miss a visit to American Village.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Okinawa City online tour planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Okinawa City by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Okinawa City

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Fun & Games

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Nishibama Beach
Nishibama Beach
Sefa-Utaki ©
Sefa-Utaki
Toyosaki Kaihin Koen ©
Toyosaki Kaihin Koen

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Kumamoto

Kumamoto ©
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): don't miss a visit to Kumamon Square, admire the natural beauty at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, make a trip to Shinmachi Furumachi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kato Shrine, and finally step into the grandiose world of Kumamoto Castle.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kumamoto trip itinerary builder app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Okinawa City to Kumamoto. In November, daytime highs in Kumamoto are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to take a train to Beppu.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Kato Shrine ©
Kato Shrine
Kumamon Square ©
Kumamon Square

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Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Step off the beaten path and head to Oka Castle Ruins and Thermal Spas. Get out of town with these interesting Beppu side-trips: African Safari (in Usa), Usuki Sekibutsu (in Usuki) and Lake Kinrin (in Yufu). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Harajiri Falls, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, buy something for everyone on your list at JR Oita City, and take in the natural beauty of Hells of Beppu.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Beppu trip maker tool.

Getting from Kumamoto to Beppu by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks · Nature · Spas · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
African Safari ©
African Safari
Oka Castle Ruins ©
Oka Castle Ruins
Usuki Sekibutsu ©
Usuki Sekibutsu

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip planner.

You can take a train from Beppu to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In December, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. On the 5th (Tue), you'll travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

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Osaka

Osaka ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Koyasan Okunoin and Koyasan Danjo Garan. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Tanizeno Tsuribashi (in Totsukawa-mura) and Koya-cho (Mt. Koya & Kongobu-ji Temple). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, walk around Expo '70 Commemorative Park, and get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Osaka online trip maker.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, daytime highs in Osaka are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan

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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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Sanzen-in Temple and Shosei-en Garden. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, make a trip to Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Ninna-ji Temple, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kamogawa River.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Sanzen-in Temple ©
Sanzen-in Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nabana no Sato and Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagoya: Inuyama Castle (in Inuyama), Iwamura Castle Ruins (in Ena) and Tsubaki Grand Shrine (in Suzuka). There's lots more to do: engage your brain at Nagoya City Science Museum, steep yourself in history at Naegi Castle Ruins, explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, and go for a walk through Tokoname City Pottery Footpath.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Nagoya trip planning app.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in December, plan for slightly colder days in Nagoya, with highs around 9°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Nabana no Sato ©
Nabana no Sato
Iwamura Castle Ruins ©
Iwamura Castle Ruins

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Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Zuiryuji Temple, then visit Gokayama, and then don't miss a visit to Suganuma Gassho Community. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, then admire the striking features of Tsuzumi Gate, then admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, and finally wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Nagoya to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Gokayama ©
Gokayama
Zuiryuji Temple ©
Zuiryuji Temple
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community

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Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Onsen Resorts and Yugama. Explore Yamanouchi-machi's surroundings by going to Mt. Shirane (in Nakanojo-machi), Matsukawa Valley (in Takayama-mura) and Minakami-machi (Teriha Valley & Doai Station). It doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shirane Shrine and identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Yamanouchi-machi holiday maker tool.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Kanazawa to Yamanouchi-machi in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Kanazawa in December, expect Yamanouchi-machi to be slightly colder, temps between 7°C and 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Onsen Resorts
Shirane Shrine ©
Shirane Shrine

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Explore hidden gems such as Tokyo City View Observation Deck (Roppongihills) and Samurai Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kamogawa Sea World (in Kamogawa), Yokohama (Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal & Sankeien Gardens) and Hakone-machi (Sengokuhara, Pola Museum of Art, &more). Have a day of magic on the 31st (Sun) at Tokyo Disneyland. Enjoy Tokyo some more: don't miss a visit to Chidorigafuchi, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) Terminal No2 Observation Deck.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Yamanouchi-machi to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in December: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 14°C and lows are around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Sendai.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trips

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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Chidorigafuchi ©
Chidorigafuchi
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rinnoji Temple, then make a trip to Sendaijo Ato, then take an in-depth tour of Zuihoden, and finally don't miss a visit to Jozenji-dori Avenue.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Sendai travel route builder app.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Sendai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Tokyo in January, you will find days in Sendai are little chillier (5°C), and nights are about the same (2°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sendai

Highlights from your plan
Sendaijo Ato ©
Sendaijo Ato
Rinnoji Temple ©
Rinnoji Temple
Zuihoden ©
Zuihoden

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Hakodate

Hakodate ©

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hachimanzaka and Hakodate Morning Market. When in Hakodate, make a side trip to see Yokohama Motomachi Park in Yokohama, approximately Yokohama away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Cha Cha Nobori Daisan-saka, contemplate the long history of Goryokaku Park, admire the landmark architecture of Kyu Soma-tei, and look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hakodate online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Sendai to Hakodate by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Sendai in January, expect Hakodate to be little chillier, temps between 0°C and -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park
Hachimanzaka ©
Hachimanzaka
Hakodate Morning Market ©
Hakodate Morning Market

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Sapporo

Sapporo ©

CIty of Ramen

A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): walk around Kokuei Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park and then stroll around Odori Park. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, then take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, then steep yourself in history at The Site of Temiya Line, and finally explore the activities along Otaru Canal.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Sapporo trip planner.

You can fly from Hakodate to Sapporo in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. While traveling from Hakodate, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sapporo, ranging from highs of -3°C to lows of -6°C. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Hokkaido Jingu ©
Hokkaido Jingu
Kokuei Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park ©

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