48 days in Japan Itinerary

48 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train
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Yokohama
— 2 nights
Train to Odawara, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Shizuoka
— 3 nights
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Matsumoto
— 2 nights
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Takayama
— 3 nights
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
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Nagoya
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Himeji
— 3 nights
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Kobe
— 3 nights
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Nara
— 5 nights
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Koya-cho
— 3 nights
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Tokyo

— 4 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo National Museum. Head to Ginza and Ginza Mitsukoshifor plenty of shopping. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take a stroll through Odaiba District, and have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Billund, Denmark to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Billund to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Billund in March, with highs in Tokyo at 17°C and lows at 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Yokohama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Yokohama

— 2 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.
On the 30th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kōtoku-in, then steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple Kannondo. On the next day, appreciate the extensive heritage of Sankeien Gardens, wander the streets of Yokohama Chinatown, then examine the collection at Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama, and finally wander the streets of Yokohama Minato Mirai 21.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Yokohama trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Tokyo to Yokohama in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Yokohama can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Yokohama

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Hakone-machi

— 3 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and Narukawa Art Museum. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Aoki no Himono Atami Ekimae and Lusca Atami. Get out of town with these interesting Hakone-machi side-trips: Gotemba Premium Outlets (in Gotemba) and Former Hyuga Bettei (in Atami). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), explore the striking landscape of Pola Museum of Art, get great views at Hakone Ropeway, and get engrossed in the history at Hakone Shrine.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Yokohama to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway, train, and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Yokohama in March, you will find days in Hakone-machi are a bit cooler (9°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Shizuoka.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Shizuoka

— 3 nights
With its upmarket shopping districts and scenic coastal landscape, Shizuoka stands as the main urban area of a province often referred to as Japan's riviera.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Mount Fuji and Shizuoka Sengen Shrine. Head to Yaizu Sakana Center and S-Pulse Dream Plazafor some retail therapy. Go for a jaunt from Shizuoka to Fujinomiya to see Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine about 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kunozan Toshogu Shrine, visit Nihondaira Ropeway, examine the collection at Kunousan Toshogu Shrine Museum, and explore the historical opulence of Shizuoka castle.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Shizuoka trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Shizuoka takes 2 hours. Traveling from Hakone-machi in April, expect nights in Shizuoka to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Shizuoka

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

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.
On the 7th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, steep yourself in history at Kaichi Gakko Primary School, steep yourself in history at Yohashira Shrine, then explore the world behind art at Matsumoto City Art Museum, then wander the streets of Nakamachi Street, and finally get into the urban bustle at Nakamachi Kurassic-kan. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fukashi Shrine, buy something for everyone on your list at Resort Outlet Yatsugatake, sample the tasty concoctions at Maihime Breweries, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suwa Shrine, and finally step into the grandiose world of Takashima Castle.

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

Traveling by car from Shizuoka to Matsumoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Shizuoka in April, expect little chillier with lows of 10°C in Matsumoto. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Takayama

— 3 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.
Do your shopping at Hida Jizakekura Honten and Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market. Get some cultural insight at The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and Hida Takayama Museum of Art. Get out of town with these interesting Takayama side-trips: Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, and make a trip to Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato).

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Takayama travel route builder tool.

Getting from Matsumoto to Takayama by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. April in Takayama sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Tours

Side Trip

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Higashichaya Old Town and 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Shop till you drop at Sakuda Honten and Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, and take a stroll around Shiinoki Cultural Complex Ishikawa Prefecture.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Kanazawa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods

Nagoya

— 3 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Oasis 21. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nagoya Castle and Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology. For shopping fun, head to Sakae or Midland Square. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagoya: Inuyama Castle (in Inuyama) and Mitsui Outlet Park Jazz Dream Nagashima (in Kuwana). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum, stroll around Tsuruma Park, see the interesting displays at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, and engage your brain at Nagoya City Science Museum.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Nagoya online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Nagoya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nagoya when traveling from Kanazawa in April, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Shopping · Museums · Parks · 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.
Head to Nishiki Market Shopping District and Kyoto Station Buildingfor some retail therapy. Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, go for a walk through Philosopher's Walk, visit Arashiyama, and make a trip to Gion.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto online route planner.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Nagoya in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Himeji

— 3 nights
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.
Head to Michi-no-Eki Mitsu and Sanyo Department Storefor plenty of shopping. Do some cultural sightseeing at Himeji Castle and Takeda Castle Ruins. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Himeji: Ako (Ako Oishi Shrine & Remains of Ako Castle) and Ritsuun Gorge (in Asago). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, make a trip to Otemae Street, buy something for everyone on your list at Piole Himeji, and look for all kinds of wild species at Himeji Central Park.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Himeji holiday planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Himeji by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. April in Himeji sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Kobe

— 3 nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) and Kitano Ijinkan-gai. Change things up with these side-trips from Kobe: Awajihanasajiki (in Awaji) and Naruto (Otsuka Museum of Art & Uzu no Michi). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Kobe Harborland, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, see the interesting displays at Kawasaki Good Times World, and walk around Meriken Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kobe driving holiday planner.

Getting from Himeji to Kobe by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In April in Kobe, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka

— 5 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.
Head to Dotombori District and Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Streetfor some retail therapy. Get a sense of the local culture at Osaka Castle and Minami (Namba). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, ponder the world of politics at Mint Museum, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip builder website.

You can drive from Kobe to Osaka in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April in Osaka, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Nara

— 5 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.
For shopping fun, head to Naramachi Nakanishi Yosaburo or Nara Family. Get some cultural insight at Todai-ji Temple and Nara Park. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, don't miss a visit to Daibutsuden, take in nature's colorful creations at Yoshikien, and identify plant and animal life at Japan Tour Adventure in Nara.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Nara trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Another option is to take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Osaka in May since evenings lows in Nara dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Koya-cho

— 3 nights
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Eko-in Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koyasan Daishi Kyokai, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, then steep yourself in history at Koyasan Danjo Garan, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Healing Space Koyasan Uguisu Seitaiin. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Koyasan Station, don't miss a visit to Koyasan Choishi Michi, contemplate the long history of Koyasan Daimon, then look for gifts at Kadohama Gomatofu Sohompo, then examine the collection at Koyasan Reihokan Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Joju-in Temple.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Koya-cho vacation maker site.

Getting from Nara to Koya-cho by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a train. Traveling from Nara in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Koya-cho, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

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.