42 days in Japan Itinerary

42 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan tour planner

Make it your trip
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Sapporo
— 4 nights
Fly
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
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Matsumoto
— 4 nights
Fly
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Bus to Motobu-cho
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Motobu-cho
— 3 nights
Ferry to タクマ3乗船券販売所, Fly to Ishigaki
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
Bus to Odawara, Train to Tokyo
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Sapporo

— 4 nights

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.
Explore Sapporo's surroundings by going to Jigokudani (in Noboribetsu) and Otaru Canal (in Otaru). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Odori Park, take a stroll through Susukino, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and get great views at Mt. Moiwa.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sapporo driving holiday planner.

Detroit, USA to Sapporo is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 14 hour difference. When traveling from Detroit in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sapporo: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 21 — 25:

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi) and Shirakawa-mura (Mt. Sampoiwadake, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Omicho Market, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, and admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip planner.

You can fly from Sapporo to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. When traveling from Sapporo in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kanazawa: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can take a train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 25 — 29:

Matsumoto

— 4 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.
Explore Matsumoto's surroundings by going to Yashimagahara Marsh (in Shimosuwa-machi), Snow Monkey Resorts (in Nagano) and Takayama (Sanmachi Suji, Takayama Jinya, &more). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, indulge in some personalized pampering at Zuisho Matsumotokan, examine the collection at Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum (Matsumoto Mingei-kan), and stop by Hanakomichi.

Before you visit Matsumoto, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Take a train from Kanazawa to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in September, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 3:

Kyoto

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, stop by Gion, and steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto vacation planner.

You can fly from Matsumoto to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Matsumoto in October, things will get a bit warmer in Kyoto: highs are around 74°F and lows about 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 3 — 8:

Himeji

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, then take in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle, and then make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Himeji travel route planning site.

Getting from Kyoto to Himeji by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In October, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 9:

Hiroshima

— 3 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima driving holiday planner.

Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in October, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 12:

Nagasaki

— 2 nights

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. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Church Hongouchi, and then step off the mainland to explore Hashima Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, examine the collection at Dejima, then get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Nagasaki Peace Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Nagasaki sightseeing planning app.

Getting from Hiroshima to Nagasaki by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. October in Nagasaki sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 14:

Motobu-cho

— 3 nights
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
When in Motobu-cho, make a side trip to see Kouri Ohashi in Nakijin-son, approximately Nakijin-son away. There's still lots to do: meet the residents at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, tour the pleasant surroundings at Akabaka Beach, see the vivid underwater world at USS Emmons, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Motobu-cho vacation tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Nagasaki to Motobu-cho takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Nagasaki in October; daily highs in Motobu-cho reach 83°F and lows reach 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 14 — 17:

Ishigaki

— 4 nights
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.
Step out of Ishigaki to go to Iriomote-jima and see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. Spend 21st (Thu) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, stroll around Banna Park, stop by Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Yonehara Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki trip itinerary planning site.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Motobu-cho to Ishigaki in 5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 17 — 21:

Hakone-machi

— 4 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hakone-machi: Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi), Kazurayama Castle Ruins (in Susono) and Mt. Shakushi (in Fujiyoshida). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Fuji, get engrossed in the history at Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, laugh and play at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun, and see the interesting displays at Hakone Venetian Glass Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hakone-machi trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Hakone-machi takes 5 hours. When traveling from Ishigaki in October, plan for colder days and a bit cooler nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature · Parks · Museums · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 21 — 25:

Tokyo

— 6 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 30 minutes away). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Skytree, and get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Hakone-machi in October, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (72°F), and nights are about the same (60°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 25 — 31:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.