47 days in Japan Itinerary

47 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Manchester
Fly:  16 h 45 min
1
Fukuoka
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h
2
Naha
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  4 h
3
Hiroshima
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train:  45 min
5
Nagoya
— 6 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
6
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
7
Kanazawa
— 6 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
8
Sapporo
— 6 nights
Fly:  17 h
End: Manchester

4
nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fukuoka: Kumamoto (KUMAMON products Nagataniya, Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, &more), Huis Ten Bosch (in Sasebo) and Dazaifu (Dazaifu Tenman-gu & Komyozen-ji Temple). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tochoji Temple, and don't miss a visit to Hakata Station.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Fukuoka online route planner.

Manchester, UK to Fukuoka is an approximately 17- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. January in Fukuoka sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Dazaifu, Huis Ten Bosch
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu

6
nights
Naha

Naha ©
Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Kids will enjoy Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and Okichan Theater. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naha: Furuzamami Beach (in Zamami-son), Motobu-cho (Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park & Minnajima Island) and Nakijin-son (Nakijin Castle Ruins, Kouri Ohashi, &more). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Shurijo Castle, look for gifts at Onna Station Nakayukui Market, pause for some photo ops at Heiwa no Ishiji, and don't miss a visit to Kokusaidori.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Naha journey planner.

Getting from Fukuoka to Naha by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Fukuoka in January, you will find days in Naha are a bit warmer (22°C), and nights are much hotter (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Naha

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Nago, Motobu-cho, Onna-son, Nakijin-son, Okinawa World Culture Kingdom Gyokusendo
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Okichan Theater ©
Okichan Theater
Minnajima Island ©
Minnajima Island

5
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Attractions like Fukuyama University Marine Biocenter Aquarium and Hiroshima Children's Museum make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama), Kurashiki (Kurashiki Folkcraft Museum & Japanese Rural Toy Museum) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquas, and don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima online tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Naha to Hiroshima takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. While traveling from Naha, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Hiroshima, ranging from highs of 11°C to lows of 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kurashiki, Fukuyama University Marine Biocenter Aquarium, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Aquas
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Hiroshima Children's Museum ©
Hiroshima Children's Museum
Japanese Rural Toy Museum ©
Japanese Rural Toy Museum

6
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Todai-ji Temple (in Nara), Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka) and Dotombori (in Dotombori). The adventure continues: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, Todai-ji Temple, Himeji Castle
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

6
nights
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.
Bring the kids along to Toba Aquarium and Nagashima Spa Land. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagoya: Hikone Castle (in Hikone), Hotel Shima Spain Mura (in Shima) and Ise (Okageza, Okage Yokocho, &more). The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Garden, examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Nagoya vacation maker site.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kyoto in January: highs in Nagoya hover around 7°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagoya

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Ise, Toba Aquarium, Hikone Castle, Hotel Shima Spain Mura, Nagashima Spa Land
Highlights from your plan
Hotel Shima Spain Mura ©
Hotel Shima Spain Mura
Toba Aquarium ©
Toba Aquarium
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium

6
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.
Kids will enjoy Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to The Hakone Open-Air Museum in Hakone-machi, about 1h 40 min away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, wander the streets of Odaiba, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner.

Getting from Nagoya to Tokyo by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Nagoya in February, you will find days in Tokyo are somewhat warmer (12°C), and nights are about the same (2°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

Urayasu, The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Highlights from your plan
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

6
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Bring the kids along to Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and Notojima Aquarium. Venture out of the city with trips to Ski Jam Katsuyama (in Katsuyama), Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more) and Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha (in Hida). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, cruise along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, and don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station.

Find out how to plan Kanazawa trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. While traveling from Tokyo, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Takayama, Nanao, Katsuyama, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

6
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
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.
Kids will enjoy Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe and Kokuei Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Otaru Canal (in Otaru), Noboribetsu Date Historic Village (in Noboribetsu) and Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place (in Kutchan-cho). There's still lots to do: stroll around Odori Park, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, find something for the whole family at Shiroi Koibito Park, and steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Sapporo trip app.

Traveling by flight from Kanazawa to Sapporo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Kanazawa in February, with highs in Sapporo at -1°C and lows at -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Theme Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Noboribetsu, Otaru Canal, Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place
Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe ©
Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe
Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura) ©

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