48 days in Japan Itinerary

48 days in Japan Itinerary

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48 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Nagiso-machi
— 5 nights
Drive:  10​h
3
Beppu
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Aso
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Kumamoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
7
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
train:  11​h
8
Tanabe
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
10
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
11
Kobe
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
12
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
13
Ise
— 4 nights
Drive:  13​h
14
Izu
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
15
Tokyo
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
16
Narita
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  18​h
End: Detroit

2
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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.
To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo travel route planning site .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. November in Tokyo sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 49°F at night. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nagiso-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Museums

5
nights
Nagiso-machi

Nagiso-machi
For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Nagiso-machi online trip builder .

You can drive from Tokyo to Nagiso-machi in 4.5 hours. In November, Nagiso-machi is little chillier than Tokyo - with highs of 54°F and lows of 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Beppu.

Things to do in Nagiso-machi

Parks Historic Sites Museums

2
nights
Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Let the collections at Oita Prefectural Art Museum and Oita Fragrance Museum capture your imagination. Explore hidden gems such as Kumano Magaibutsu and Tatsumaki Jigoku. Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Chinoike Jigoku, get all the equipment you need at Angel Kimono Rental Beppu, trek along Mt. Tsurumi, and don't miss a visit to Yunohana Goya.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Beppu trip builder app .

Explore your travel options from Nagiso-machi to Beppu with the Route module. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Nagiso-machi in November; daily highs in Beppu reach 63°F and lows reach 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Aso.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Oita Prefectural Art Museum, Kumano Magaibutsu
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Tsurumi ©
Mt. Tsurumi
Kumano Magaibutsu ©
Kumano Magaibutsu
Oita Prefectural Art Museum ©
Oita Prefectural Art Museum

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nights
Aso

Aso ©
Formed in 2005 after the merger of several smaller towns, Aso still offers a break from the urbane.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kaguraden and Aso Super Ring. Get in touch with nature at Daikanbo and Komezuka. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Aso Geopark, cruise along Aso Panorama Line, admire the sheer force of Koga Falls, and get outside with Aso Milk Road.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Aso online journey planner .

Getting from Beppu to Aso by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. November in Aso sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Aso

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Kaguraden
Highlights from your plan
Daikanbo ©
Daikanbo
Kusasenri ©
Kusasenri
Kaguraden ©
Kaguraden

2
nights
Kumamoto

Kumamoto ©
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Kumamoto Castle.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kumamoto trip planning app .

You can take a train from Aso to Kumamoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Kumamoto can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Mifune Dinosaur Museum, Mt.Kinpozan Ichinotake
Highlights from your plan
Catholic Tetori Church ©
Catholic Tetori Church
Mifune Dinosaur Museum ©
Mifune Dinosaur Museum
Kato Shrine ©
Kato Shrine

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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.
Let the collections at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum capture your imagination. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yutoku Inari Shrine and Nagasaki Shipyard Museum. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of 26 Martyrs Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Nakamachi Church, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Unzendake.

Plan a Nagasaki trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Drive from Kumamoto to Nagasaki in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in November, and nighttime lows around 53°F. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Fri) before leaving for Fukuoka.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yutoku Inari Shrine, Mt. Unzendake
Highlights from your plan
Yutoku Inari Shrine ©
Yutoku Inari Shrine
26 Martyrs Museum ©
26 Martyrs Museum

2
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History & Human History and Nanzoin. Museum-lovers will get to explore Munakata Shrine and Fukuoka City Museum. Step out of Fukuoka with an excursion to Miyajidake Shrine in Fukutsu--about 48 minutes away. There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakozaki Shrine.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Fukuoka trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Nagasaki to Fukuoka by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Fukuoka can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Sun) before leaving for Tanabe.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dazaifu, Miyajidake Shrine, Munakata Shrine, Nanzoin, Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History & Human History
Highlights from your plan
Fukuoka City Museum ©
Fukuoka City Museum
Nanzoin ©
Nanzoin

5
nights
Tanabe

Tanabe
Considered a holy space where the gods once lived, the city of Tanabe teems with spiritual, cultural, and natural beauty.
Before you visit Tanabe, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Tanabe in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in November, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Tanabe

Historic Sites Parks Nature

1
night
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Nachikatsura-cho route app .

Getting from Tanabe to Nachikatsura-cho by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In November in Nachikatsura-cho, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 55°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Sun) before leaving for Kyoto.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and Sanzen-in Temple for their historical value. Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple in Uji--about 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kyoto tour builder site .

Traveling by car from Nachikatsura-cho to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in December, plan for little chillier nights in Kyoto, with lows around 39°F. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Thu) before leaving for Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Uji, Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

2
nights
Kobe

Kobe ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): see the interesting displays at UCC Coffee Museum, see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, then see the interesting displays at Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kobe Muslim Mosque, and finally admire the striking features of Minatogawa Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: take a peaceful walk through Kobe Municipal Arboretum, then examine the collection at Kiku-Masamune Shuzo Kinenkan, then take in the dramatic scenery at Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki), and finally see the interesting displays at Nojima Fault Preservation Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kobe online driving holiday planner .

Kobe is very close to Kyoto. In December in Kobe, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 42°F at night. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Nojima Fault Preservation Museum
Highlights from your plan
Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum ©
Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum ©
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum
Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki) ©

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Osaka

Osaka ©
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 7th (Sat): head outdoors with Shika no Fune Mayu, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Horyu-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuguji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, explore the world behind art at Koji Kinutani Tenku Art Museum, examine the collection at CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, browse the exhibits of Nara National Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodaiji Temple.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka travel website .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kobe. In December in Osaka, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 39°F at night. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Ise.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Ikaruga-cho, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
Highlights from your plan
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple

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nights
Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ise Shrine Geku and Oharai-machi. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Akame Shijuhachi Waterfall and Hinjitsukan. Explore Ise's surroundings by going to Izawanomiya (in Shima), Senjuji Temple (in Tsu) and Tsubaki Ogamiyashiro Shrine (in Suzuka). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Gozaisho-dake, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongoshoji Temple, contemplate the long history of Kumano Kodo Magose Pass, and make a trip to Magose-toge Pass.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Ise trip planner .

Getting from Osaka to Ise by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Osaka in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Ise, with lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Izu.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Saiku Histrical Museum, Akame Shijuhachi Waterfall, Senjuji Temple, Kumano Kodo Magose Pass, Izawanomiya
Highlights from your plan
Ise Shrine Geku ©
Ise Shrine Geku
Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Gozaisho-dake ©
Gozaisho-dake

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Izu

Izu ©
Izu sits in the center of the mountainous Izu Peninsula.
Step off the beaten path and head to Satta-toge Pass and Dogashima Tensodo Cave. Visiting Dogashima Island and Joren Waterfall will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Gempeigawa River (in Mishima), Yumigahama Beach (in Minamiizu-cho) and Shizuoka City Serizawa Keisuke Art Museum (in Shizuoka). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shuzen-ji Temple, admire the sheer force of Banjo Falls, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Daruma, and make a trip to Mt. Amagi Tunnel (Former Amagi Tunnel).

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Izu trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Ise to Izu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. While traveling from Ise, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Izu, ranging from highs of 55°F to lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Izu

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Shizuoka, Nishiizu-cho, Gempeigawa River, Yumigahama Beach
Highlights from your plan
Joren Waterfall ©
Joren Waterfall
Gempeigawa River ©
Gempeigawa River
Dogashima Tensodo Cave ©
Dogashima Tensodo Cave

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your inner history buff will appreciate Mitsumine Shrine (Chichibu) and Hikawa Shrine. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kashima Jingū Shrine and Hozomon. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Oyama Afuri Shrine (in Isehara), Katori Jingu Shrine (in Katori) and Mt. Takao (in Hachioji). Explore Tokyo further: get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, and make a trip to Nezu Shrine.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary builder tool .

You can take a train from Izu to Tokyo in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Izu in December, with lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can take a train to Narita.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kashima Jingu, Mt. Takao, Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Oyama Afuri Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Oyama Afuri Shrine ©
Oyama Afuri Shrine
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kashima Jingu ©
Kashima Jingu

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Narita

Narita
Pilgrims and aviators come to Narita, a town known during the Edo period for its temple, and now known primarily for its airport.
To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Narita road trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Narita takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Narita, with lows around 34°F. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Narita

Historic Sites Parks Museums

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