49 days in Japan Itinerary

49 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Manchester
Fly:  17 h
1
Sapporo
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
2
Matsumoto
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train:  45 min
5
Himeji
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h
6
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
7
Nagasaki
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h
8
Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
9
Nagoya
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
10
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: Manchester

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sapporo: Otaru (Otaru Canal & Tomioka Catholic Church) and Noboribetsu (Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, Jigokudani, &more). There's much more to do: stroll around Odori Park, get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, and get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Sapporo trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Sapporo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. In March, Sapporo is little chillier than Manchester - with highs of 1°C and lows of -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Noboribetsu, Otaru
Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Matsumoto: Nagano (Togakushi Shrine Okusha & Zenko-ji Temple), Kobayashi Farm (in Obuse-machi) and Takayama (Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), &more). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, look for all kinds of wild species at Kirigamine Marshland, and hit the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Matsumoto road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Matsumoto takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. In March, Matsumoto is a bit warmer than Sapporo - with highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hakuba-mura, Takayama, Suwa, Nagano, Yashimagahara Marsh
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall ©
Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Toyama (Fugan Unga Kansui Park, Former Uchiyama Residence, &more) and Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Kanazawa Station, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip builder.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. March in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Toyama
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

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: Nara Park (in Nara), Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, &more) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Jishu Shrine, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kyoto sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, Otsu, Nara Park
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Himeji side-trips: Kurashiki (Ohara Museum of Art & Japanese Rural Toy Museum), Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama) and Kobe (Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), &more). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, see the interesting displays at Nojima Fault Preservation Museum, and steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Himeji travel itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Kobe, Kurashiki, Zuiganji Temple, Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Nojima Fault Preservation Museum
Highlights from your plan
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Onomichi (Kosanji Temple & Ikuchijima), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii, Itsukushima Shrine, &more) and Omishima Fuji Park (in Imabari). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

Plan a Hiroshima trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Onomichi, Omishima Fuji Park
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima
Miyajima
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sasebo (Huis Ten Bosch, Tenkaiho, &more). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, and snap pictures at Megane Bridge.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki itinerary planning site.

Getting from Hiroshima to Nagasaki by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sasebo, Nagao Castle Park
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Iriomote-jima (about 1h 55 min away). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, walk around Kabira Park, visit Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, and enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki travel planning website.

You can fly from Nagasaki to Ishigaki in 6.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Nagasaki in April; daily highs in Ishigaki reach 30°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Kondoi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal ©
Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nagoya side-trips: Chubu Park (in Toin-cho), Ise (Okage Yokocho, Ise Grand Shrine, &more) and Toba (Mikimoto Pearl Island & Toba Aquarium). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, admire the masterpieces at Tokugawa Art Museum, take in the pleasant sights at Kawatsu Cherry Blossom Avenue (Shinshiro), and admire the natural beauty at Kaore Plum Garden.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Nagoya day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Nagoya takes 6 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in April, expect Nagoya to be little chillier, temps between 19°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Ise, Toba, Shinshiro, Toyohashi Museum of Natural History, Chubu Park
Highlights from your plan
Chubu Park ©
Chubu Park
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple & Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine) and Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal (in Yokohama). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, explore the galleries of Tokyo National Museum, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip builder.

Take a train from Nagoya to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Nagoya in May, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kamakura, Tokyo DisneySea, Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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