48 days in Japan Itinerary

48 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Vancouver
Fly:  13 h 30 min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Matsumoto
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h
4
Nagoya
— 5 nights
Train:  45 min
5
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train:  45 min
6
Himeji
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h
7
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h
8
Kumamoto
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
9
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h
10
Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Fly:  13 h
End: Vancouver

5
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.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to The Hakone Open-Air Museum in Hakone-machi, about 2 hours away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and take a stroll through Odaiba District.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo day trip app.

Vancouver, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 17 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Vancouver in June, with highs in Tokyo at 30°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to 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
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

5
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more), Suganuma Gassho Community (in Nanto) and Fugan Unga Kansui Park (in Toyama). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Omicho Market, sample the tasty concoctions at Yachiya Sake Brewery, and contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa day trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. June in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Kaga, Amo Natural Park, Suganuma Gassho Community, Fugan Unga Kansui Park
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

5
nights
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Matsumoto: Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park (in Hakuba-mura), Nagano (Zenko-ji Temple & Nagano City Joyama Zoo) and Takayama (Higashiyama Walking Course, Sanmachi Suji, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, head outdoors with Mt.Takatsuma, contemplate the waterfront views at Taisho Pond, and take in the views from Kappa Bashi.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Matsumoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in June, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Takayama, Minamimaki-mura, Nagano, Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, Mt.Takatsuma
Highlights from your plan
Matsumoto Alps Park ©
Matsumoto Alps Park
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Japan Ukiyo-e Museum ©
Japan Ukiyo-e Museum

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ise (Jingu Chokokan Museum, Ise Grand Shrine, &more), Nakasendo Tsumagojuku (in Nagiso-machi) and Nakatsugawa (Nakasendo Magome-juku & Nakatsugawa Mineral Museum). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, observe the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, take an in-depth tour of Kitanagoya City Folk History Museum, and see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagoya trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Matsumoto to Nagoya by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Ise, Inuyama, Nakatsugawa, Nakasendo Tsumagojuku, Satsuki and Mei's House
Highlights from your plan
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine

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: Osaka (Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, Universal Studios Japan, &more), Nara Park (in Nara) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and take a stroll through Arashiyama.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip builder website.

You can take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Nagoya in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 37°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara Park
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

4
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Himeji: Kurashiki (Shinkeien, Ohara Museum of Art, &more), Kobe (Kawasaki Good Times World, Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), &more) and Okayama (Nishigawa Canal Park, Okayama Castle, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, don't miss a visit to Otemae Street, and steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Himeji vacation planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Himeji: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Kurashiki, Kobe, Okayama
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Miyajima, &more). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Himeji to Hiroshima by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

5
nights
Kumamoto

Kumamoto ©
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Venture out of the city with trips to Takachiho-cho (Takachiho Shrine, Takachiho Gorge, &more), Ubuyama-mura (Ogi Rice Terraces & Ikeyama Springs) and Kokonoe-machi (Tadewara Wetlands & Handa Highland). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Kumamoto Castle, get to know the fascinating history of Aso Mizuki Meguri, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kato Shrine, and take in nature's colorful creations at Suizenji Jojuen Garden.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kumamoto trip planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kumamoto in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Takachiho-cho, Aso, Ubuyama-mura, Kumamoto Prefecture, Kokonoe-machi
Highlights from your plan
Suizenji Jojuen Garden ©
Suizenji Jojuen Garden
Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto ©
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto

3
nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
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.
Explore Nagasaki's surroundings by going to Sasebo (Domtoren & Huis Ten Bosch). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sōfuku-ji Temple, and snap pictures at Megane Bridge.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki online itinerary maker.

You can drive from Kumamoto to Nagasaki in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sasebo
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

5
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
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.
Go for a jaunt from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima to see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours about 1h 55 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, stroll around Kabira Park, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Ishigaki online vacation planner.

Fly from Nagasaki to Ishigaki in 6.5 hours. July in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 32°C at night. On the 2nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Kondoi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

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