49 days in Japan Itinerary

49 days in Japan Itinerary

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Sapporo
— 4 nights
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Towada
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Kanazawa
— 6 nights
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Nagoya
— 5 nights
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Kochi
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
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Nagasaki
— 4 nights
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Sapporo

CIty of Ramen

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area and Okurayama Lookout. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sapporo: Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho) and Niseko Hanazono Resort (in Kutchan-cho). And it doesn't end there: get great views at Mt. Moiwa, make a trip to Sapporo Clock Tower, take in panoramic vistas at Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38, and stroll around Kokuei Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Sapporo trip itinerary planning app.

San Francisco, USA to Sapporo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Sapporo. When traveling from San Francisco in April, plan for cooler days in Sapporo, with highs around 47°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Towada.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Towada

Tucked away among the foothills of the Hakkoda mountain range, Towada tourism revolves around its eponymous lake and the surrounding national park.
On the 6th (Tue), admire the sheer force of Choshi Otaki Waterfall, then explore the activities along Oirase Mountain Stream, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hakkoda Mountains. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Towada Art Center, get curious at Misawa Aviation & Science Museum, and then test the waters at Higashi Hakkoda Onsen.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Towada trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Sapporo to Towada in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Sapporo in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Towada, with highs around 55°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Towada

Nature · Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

7
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Chidorigafuchi and Rainbow Bridge. There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Zojo-ji Temple, contemplate the waterfront views at Meguro River, and take a stroll through Ueno District.

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Traveling by flight from Towada to Tokyo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Towada in April: highs in Tokyo hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

6
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Kanazawa

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory and Kanda house. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui), Gokayama (in Nanto) and Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum, go for a walk through Gyokusen-immaru Garden, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa day trip planning tool.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Kanazawa, with lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Nagoya

Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nabana no Sato and Ise Shrine Geku. Venture out of the city with trips to Nakasendo Tsumagojuku (in Nagiso-machi), Ise (Futami Okitama Shrine, Okageza, &more) and Hikone Castle (in Hikone). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, make a trip to Nagoya Urban Institute, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and steep yourself in history at Nagoya Castle.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Nagoya tour planner.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Nagoya in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nagoya when traveling from Kanazawa in April, with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kennin-ji Temple and Pontocho District. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Toba Aquarium (in Toba) and Miyazu (Kyu Mikamiye House, Amanohashidate, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, and don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner.

You can take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Nagoya in April: highs in Kyoto hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nigatsu-do Temple and Otsuka Museum of Art. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda (in Ikeda), Kofuku-ji Temple (in Nara) and Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park, get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Osaka journey website.

Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. May in Osaka sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kochi.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

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Kochi

The port city of Kochi has a rich and varied history that has left its mark on the look and feel of the urban area.
On the 8th (Sat), explore the engaging exhibits at Kami City Takashi Yanase Memorial Museum Anpanman Museum, then head outdoors with Wanpaku Kochi, and then contemplate the long history of Kochi Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: hunt for treasures at Sunday Market, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chikurinji Temple, then admire the natural beauty at The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden, and finally kick back and relax at Katsura Hama.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Kochi trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Kochi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Kochi can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kochi

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

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Hiroshima

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Shukkei-en Garden and Senjokaku. Venture out of the city with trips to Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Itsukushima Shrine, &more) and Momijidani Park (in Miyajima). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see photos and tourist information, read Hiroshima day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kochi to Hiroshima takes 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in May, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Nagasaki

City of Peace

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Inasayama Observation Deck and Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing. Step out of Nagasaki with an excursion to Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo--about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Nagasaki Penguin Aquarium, don't miss a visit to Glover Sky Road, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, and get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Nagasaki trip planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Nagasaki by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in May, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums · Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.

Tohoku travel guide

4.1
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Long a poor rural area known for its harsh climate, Tohoku remained off the tourist radar for most of modern Japanese history. Today, tourism in Tohoku remains refreshingly subdued, offering the chance to discover some of the country's finest natural scenery without the crowds. The area encompasses many scenic hot springs, developed ski areas, picturesque lakes, and historic castles and former samurai residences. Tohoku also serves as an ideal spot for that quintessential Japanese activity, the cherry blossom viewing: the trees bloom later here than elsewhere in the country, making the region a great alternative if you arrive a bit late in the season.

Kanto travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
Nearly synonymous with Tokyo and its suburban sprawl, the region of Kanto encompasses many historical sites, hot springs, semitropical islands, and picturesque mountains. Predictably, most tours of Kanto begin and end in Tokyo, which serves as an ideal base for day trips to nearby national parks, ancient temples, and grand monuments reminding visitors of Japan's shogun era. During feudal times, Kanto reigned as the center of political and military power; today, the area represents one of the country's tourism hubs. As you plan your Kanto itinerary, be sure to include a stop in Kamakura, a small temple town filled with notable cultural treasures.

Chubu travel guide

4.2
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Castles
In the middle of Japan's largest island, the region of Chubu remains best known for its picturesque natural scenery and numerous hot springs. The region contains the rugged Japanese Alps, which separate the country's sunny Pacific from the snowy Sea of Japan side. Thanks to this high mountain range, most vacations in Chubu include skiing in the cold months and hiking in the warmer part of the year. Don't miss a tour of Mount Fuji, Japan's enduring symbol and a hugely popular attraction, both for climbing and viewing. When you need to add some urban flair to your Chubu itinerary, the large city of Nagoya holds plenty of appeal with museums, shrines, and parks.

Kansai travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites · Landmarks
The center of Japan's military and political power for many centuries, the region of Kinki (or Kansai) contains most of the country's major cities. The majority of vacations in Kinki begin in Kyoto--the Japanese capital for nearly 1,000 years. This old city with a modern flare contains hundreds of ancient temples, 13 of which claim spots on the World Heritage List. Kinki's attractions stretch beyond just historical shrines and temples--the area's big claim to fame is its outstanding cuisine and a range of outdoor activities and shopping options. Convenient train routes linking three major regional centers--Osaka, Kobe, and Kyoto--make sightseeing in Kinki easy and pleasant.

Shikoku travel guide

3.9
Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Castles
Spiritual Island
The smallest of Japan's four main islands, Shikoku remains one of the country's forgotten tourist destinations, still considered little more than a rural backwater. Despite this reputation, the island boasts numerous notable temples and outstanding hiking areas, sure to satisfy nature lovers and those looking to add a bit of culture to their visit. Shikoku tourism gets a boost from its famed "88 Temple Route," appealing to pilgrims seeking spiritual perfection, as well as pristine natural scenery of picturesque rivers and majestic mountains. Thanks to the area's rugged but easily accessible wilderness, some of the most popular things to do in Shikoku include hiking, kayaking, surfing, climbing, and sailing.

Chugoku travel guide

4.4
Historic Sites · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
The western portion of the island of Honshu, Chugoku features two distinct seacoasts. The area along the Seto Inland Sea represents one of Japan's most industrialized and urbanized sections, while the coastline lapped by the Sea of Japan remains more rural--as well as less touristy. Both areas offer plenty of vacation ideas in Chugoku, with pilgrimages to see over 30 historic temples among the most popular things to do here. The region also contains Hiroshima, which is not only the site of the infamous atomic bombing, but also a modern urban center with a busy nightlife and a cosmopolitan atmosphere that appeals to foreign tourists.

Kyushu travel guide

3.9
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Enthusiastic shutterbugs and lovers of all things picturesque often choose to tour Kyushu-Okinawa on one of the island's epic train trips, leading through a landscape shaped by thousands of years of volcanic activity. With mild winters, warm summers, and plenty of developed beaches, the region offers a wealth of marine sports and recreation. Those with relaxation on their mind take a vacation in Kyushu-Okinawa for a chance to explore some of Japan's finest onsens, in which pristine nature meets modern amenities for an unforgettable tourist experience.