47 days in Japan Itinerary

47 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel route planner

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Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koya-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Tanabe
— 1 night
Drive
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Kobe
— 1 night
Drive
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Drive
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Imabari
— 3 nights
Drive
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Onomichi
— 2 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hatsukaichi
— 2 nights
Train to Maikokoen, Bus to Awaji
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Awaji, Awaji-shima
— 1 night
Drive
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train
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Nagoya
— 2 nights
Drive
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Takayama
— 2 nights
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Matsumoto
— 2 nights
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Nagano
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yamanakako-mura
— 3 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 1 day
Train
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Kamakura
— 1 night
Train
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Yokohama
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Nikko
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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Osaka Castle and Osaka tenmangu shrine. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Dotombori District and Minami (Namba). When in Osaka, make a side trip to see Hirakata Park in Hirakata, approximately Hirakata away. There's still lots to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Tennoji Zoo, soak in some Japanese tradition at SpaWorld, observe the fascinating underwater world at Nifrel, and take in nature's colorful creations at Sakuya Konohanakan.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka itinerary planner.

Geneva, Switzerland to Osaka is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Geneva to Osaka is 8 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Osaka when traveling from Geneva in March, with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nara Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, then examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Nara vacation planner.

You can drive from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Another option is to take a train. March in Nara sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Koya-cho

— 1 night
On the 2nd (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Torodo Temple, stroll the grounds of Koyasan Okunoin, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongobu-ji Temple, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya, and finally steep yourself in history at Koyasan Choishi Michi.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Koya-cho tour planning tool.

Drive from Nara to Koya-cho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tanabe.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Tanabe

— 1 night
Considered a holy space where the gods once lived, the city of Tanabe teems with spiritual, cultural, and natural beauty.
On the 3rd (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Shirarahama Beach and then laugh and play at Adventure World. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Dojoji Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hosshinmon Oji.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tanabe day trip planning site.

You can drive from Koya-cho to Tanabe in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Koya-cho in April since evenings lows in Tanabe dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Tanabe

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Kobe

— 1 night
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Kobe vacation builder website.

You can drive from Tanabe to Kobe in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Kobe can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. On the 5th (Thu), you're off to Himeji.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Himeji

— 1 night
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.
On the 5th (Thu), indulge your thirst for a good beer at Nadagiku Shuzo Sake Brewery, head off the coast to Ieshima Islands, and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Himeji day trip planning app.

You can drive from Kobe to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April in Himeji, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 14°C at night. On the 6th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Spas

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.
On the 6th (Fri), pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument and then explore the activities along Motoyasu River. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Setonaikai, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, then admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Former Bank of Japan Hiroshima.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Himeji to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Imabari.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Imabari

— 3 nights
The city of Imabari encompasses several islands in Japan's inland sea, and due to this strategic location it changed hands regularly during the feudal era.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): stroll through Namekawakeikoku and then appreciate the views at Omogo Valley. On your second day here, soak in some Japanese tradition at Dogo Onsengai, explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, and then don't miss a visit to Taisanji Temple.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Imabari travel planning app.

Drive from Hiroshima to Imabari in 2.5 hours. In April in Imabari, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Onomichi.

Things to do in Imabari

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Onomichi

— 2 nights
A port city next to the inland sea, Onomichi maintains a small-town feel and a domestic reputation for well-preserved landmarks, quiet streets, and traditions.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jyodo Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tomo no Ura, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abuto Kannon (Bandai-ji Temple Kannondo). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ushitora Shrine, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Shirataki, and then kick back and relax at Sensui Island Camping Site.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Onomichi travel route planner.

You can drive from Imabari to Onomichi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Imabari in April, Onomichi is little chillier at night with lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Onomichi

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hiroshima Toshogu, then get to know the resident critters at Asa Zoological Park, and then take a stroll through Saijo. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Peace Boulevard, wander the streets of Kamiyacho, contemplate the long history of Former Bank of Japan Hiroshima, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima online trip maker.

Traveling by train from Onomichi to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi

— 2 nights
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daiganji Temple, then enjoy breathtaking views from Shishiiwa Tenbodai, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Misen, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Reikado. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Miyajima Port Sambashi Bridge, walk around Miyajima Sambashimae Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Daishoin Temple, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Misen Wild Woods.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hatsukaichi trip planner.

Hatsukaichi is just a stone's throw from Hiroshima. In April in Hatsukaichi, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Awaji.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Awaji, Awaji-shima

— 1 night
Most trips to Awaji remain fairly brief stop-offs on the expressway between Honshu and Shikoku.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Nushima, meet the residents at Awajishima Monkey Center, then examine the collection at Awajiningyo Joruri Shiryokan, and finally contemplate the long history of Izanagi Shrine.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Awaji journey planning website.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Hatsukaichi to Awaji in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. April in Awaji sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Awaji

Parks · Nature · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 4 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kennin-ji Temple and Kamigamo Shrine. Get some cultural insight at Kinkaku-ji and Sanjusangendo Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Takashima (Metasequoia Namiki & Kaizu Osaki) and Chikubushima (in Nagahama). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Biwa, take in the views from Togetsukyo Bridge, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shosei-en Garden.

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

You can drive from Awaji to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Kyoto are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can catch the train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

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.
On the 23rd (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, wander the streets of Sakae, then don't miss a visit to Osu Shopping Street, and finally explore the activities along Yamazaki River. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then walk around Tsuruma Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and finally meet the residents at Minami Chita Beach Land.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagoya trip planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Nagoya in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Nagoya, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Takayama

— 2 nights
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Nagase house, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, then admire the striking features of Yoshijima Heritage House, and finally contemplate the long history of Kusakabe Folk Museum. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course, see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum, then visit Sanmachi Suji, then look for gifts at Funasaka Shuzo Brewery, and finally admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Takayama trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Nagoya to Takayama takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in April, plan for little chillier nights in Takayama, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Matsumoto

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Kaichi Gakko Primary School, visit Nakamachi Street, then wander the streets of Nawate Shopping District, then explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, and finally boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Norikura Kogen.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Matsumoto day trip planning site.

You can drive from Takayama to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. April in Matsumoto sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Nagano.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors · Parks

Nagano

— 2 nights
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
On the 29th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Jinja Hokosha, then steep yourself in history at Matsushiro, and finally stroll through Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple, take an in-depth tour of Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Juppukuno-yu.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Nagano trip planner.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Nagano takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April in Nagano, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yamanakako-mura.

Things to do in Nagano

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Yamanakako-mura

— 3 nights
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): stroll around Okuniwa Nature Park. On the next day, get impressive views of Mount Fuji and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Yamanakako-mura online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nagano to Yamanakako-mura in 3.5 hours. When traveling from Nagano in April, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Yamanakako-mura: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Yamanakako-mura

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hakone-machi

— 1 day
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 3rd (Thu), explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, explore the activities along Lake Ashinoko, and then stroll through Hakone Shisseikaen.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Yamanakako-mura to Hakone-machi in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in May, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kamakura.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Kamakura

— 1 night

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, then kick back and relax at Zushi Beach, and then stroll through Shichirigahama Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kamakura trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Hakone-machi to Kamakura takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in May, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Yokohama.

Things to do in Kamakura

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yokohama

— 3 nights
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Yokohama Museum of Art, don't miss a visit to Nipponmaru Memorial Park, and then stroll through Oyama Rice Terraces. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Yokohama Minato Mirai 21, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kishamichi Promenade, then stroll around Yamashita Park, and finally wander the streets of Yokohama Chinatown.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Yokohama sightseeing planning site.

Yokohama is very close to Kamakura. Traveling from Kamakura in May, expect nights in Yokohama to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 27°C. On the 7th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yokohama

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chidorigafuchi and Sumida River. Get some cultural insight at Senso-ji Temple and Akihabara. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Mt. Takao (in Hachioji) and Showa Kinen Park (in Tachikawa). And it doesn't end there: stop by Ueno District, kick back and relax at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), don't miss a visit to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo travel tool.

Take a train from Yokohama to Tokyo in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Tokyo are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Nikko

A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): trek along Odashirogahara.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nikko trip planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in May, you will find days in Nikko are little chillier (24°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Nikko

Outdoors · Parks · Trails
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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.