47 days in Japan Itinerary

47 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Kagoshima
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Kagoshima
— 3 nights
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Kumamoto
— 2 nights
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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
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Fukuoka
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Drive
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Naruto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Nagoya
— 2 nights
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Sapporo
— 12 nights
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Kagoshima

— 3 nights

Naples of the East

Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
Kirishima Shrine and Sengan-en will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Chiran Peace Museum and Furumi Site. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kagoshima: Takachihonomine (in Miyakonojo), Takaharu-cho (Kirishima Higashi Shrine & Sano Shrine) and Kirishima (Kirishima Shrine Viewing Point & Kirishima Distillery). There's more to do: stroll around Chiran Heiwa Park and appreciate the history behind Tokoshieni, Tokkoyushi Statue.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kagoshima attractions planning tool.

Helsinki, Finland to Kagoshima is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 7 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Helsinki in June: high temperatures in Kagoshima hover around 28°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kumamoto

— 2 nights
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
On the 24th (Fri), admire the sheer force of Tsuzumiga Falls. Keep things going the next day: get all the information you need at Sakuranobaba Johsaien, witness the site of a historic battle at Shimpuren Leader Tomoo Otaguro's Battle Site, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kato Shrine, then explore the historical opulence of Kumamoto Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Tetori Church, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Lafcadio Hearn House.

To find where to stay and tourist information, read Kumamoto day trip website.

Take a train from Kagoshima to Kumamoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Kumamoto are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Nagasaki

— 2 nights

City of Peace

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. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
On the 27th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, steep yourself in history at Nyokodo, Nagai Takashi Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Urakami Cathedral, then examine the collection at Nagasaki Shipyard Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Nakamachi Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Museum of Traditional Performing Arts, take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, explore the world behind art at Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum, steep yourself in history at Higashiyamate Ko Jusanbankan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofukuji Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Suwa Shrine.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Nagasaki online journey maker.

Getting from Kumamoto to Nagasaki by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. In June, daytime highs in Nagasaki are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Fukuoka

— 2 nights

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
On the 29th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakozaki Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kashii-gu, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nanzoin, delve into the distant past at Uranota Ruins, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazaifu Tenman-gu, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenkai Inari Shrine. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atago Jinja Shrine, get to know the fascinating history of Nijino Matsubara, then steep yourself in history at Former Takatori House, and finally make a trip to Previously Karatsu Bank.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka online day trip planner.

Drive from Nagasaki to Fukuoka in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In June in Fukuoka, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): see what you can catch with Outdoor Trips and then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku, and then take a peaceful walk through Misen Wild Woods.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima day trip site.

Getting from Fukuoka to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive; or do a combination of flight and ferry. In June, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Naruto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Tours · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trip

Naruto

— 2 nights
Sightseeing in Naruto offers a good number of options, both natural and historical.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): make a trip to Uzu no Michi, explore the world behind art at Otsuka Museum of Art, then take a memorable drive along Naruto Skyline, then enjoy breathtaking views from Yomomi Bridge Observatory, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Myoken Shrine. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryozen-ji Temple Tahoto, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryozen-ji Temple, get engrossed in the history at Naruto City Kagawa Toyohiko Memorial Hall, examine the collection at The Naruto German House, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gokurakuji Temple, and finally head outdoors with Tokushima PPrefectual Naruto Athletics Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Naruto route tool.

Drive from Hiroshima to Naruto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Hiroshima in July, expect nights in Naruto to be about the same, around 29°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Naruto

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Osaka

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, contemplate the long history of Tekijuku, then walk around Expo '70 Commemorative Park, then examine the collection at National Museum of Ethnology, and finally stroll through Nakanoshima Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Kids Plaza Osaka, get engrossed in the history at Osaka Museum of History, then wander the streets of Dotombori District, then get engrossed in the history at Koshien History Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishinomiya Shrine.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Osaka online vacation maker.

Drive from Naruto to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Naruto in July, expect nights in Osaka to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 37°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Nara

— 2 nights

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 7th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Naramachi Koshino Ie, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Todai-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally stroll through Nara Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Isonokami Jingu, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Omiwa Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Joruri Temple, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

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Getting from Osaka to Nara by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 6 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kennin-ji Temple and Higashi Hongan-ji Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Uji (Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple & Mimurotoji Temple). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gio-ji Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Ninna-ji Temple, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

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

Traveling by car from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Nightlife · Tours

Side Trips

Nagoya

— 2 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, explore the world behind art at The Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art, then explore the world behind art at Furukawa Art Museum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Arimatsu no Machinami. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Nagoya Shisei Shiryokan, stroll through Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank, then steep yourself in history at Inuyama Jokamachi, then make a trip to Inuyama Castle, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kinka.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Nagoya trip planning website.

Getting from Kyoto to Nagoya by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nagoya: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Fujikawaguchiko-machi

— 2 nights
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Kawaguchi, admire the masterpieces at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, hike along Momiji Tunnel, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine, then stroll around Oishi Park, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kawaguchiko Natural Loving Centre. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Motosuko Lake, explore the activities along Lake Shoji, explore the striking landscape at Fugaku Wind Cave, explore the activities along Saiko Lake, then take in the pleasant sights at Kawaguchiko Muse Museum, Atae Yuki Bldg., and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Ide Sake Brewery.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Fujikawaguchiko-machi travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Nagoya to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Nagoya in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Tokyo

— 5 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.
Visiting Kimono Kawaii Company Shibuya and Nagaike Park will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) and Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple). Venture out of the city with trips to Takahata Fudoson Kongo-ji Temple (in Hino) and Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Ugafuku Shrine ( Goddess of Money Washing)). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, get to know the fascinating history of Kokyo Gaien National Garden, steep yourself in history at Sengaku-ji Temple, and take an in-depth tour of Kanda Myojin.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo travel planning app.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in July, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 27°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to fly to Sapporo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Sapporo

— 12 nights

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath and Oyunuma. Hokkaido Jingu and Sapporo Art Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Sapporo: Ebetsu (Jubee Watashi Trace & Ebetsu Shrine), Noboribetsu (Onibokora, Yuzawa Shrine, &more) and Bibai (Old Tomei Station, Kan Yausda Sculpture Museum, Arte Piazza Bibai, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Yotei, get to know the fascinating history of Edwin Dun Memorial Hall, walk around Maruyama Park, and see the interesting displays at The Hokkaido University Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Sapporo day trip tool.

You can fly from Tokyo to Sapporo in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in July, things will get a bit cooler in Sapporo: highs are around 26°C and lows about 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.