43 days in Japan Itinerary

43 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Asia vacation planner

Plan created by another user. Make it yours
Fly
1
Sapporo
— 4 nights
Train
2
Akita
— 3 nights
Train
3
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Train
4
Nagoya
— 4 nights
Train
5
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Drive
6
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly to Fukuoka Airport, Drive to Nagato
7
Nagato
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Train
9
Himeji
— 2 nights
Train
10
Nara
— 2 nights
Train
11
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30

4
nights
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.
Visit Fushimi Inari Shrine and Shiroishi Shrine for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Thermal Spas and Asahi Breweries Hokkaido Brewery. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Sapporo trip planner.

Hannover, Germany to Sapporo is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Hannover to Sapporo is 8 hours. Traveling from Hannover in March, expect nights in Sapporo to be about the same, around -1°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Akita.

Things to do in Sapporo

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Spas · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 20 — 24:

3
nights
Akita

The coastal city of Akita has gained a wider reputation for its Kanto Matsuri, or "pole lantern festival," where skilled performers balance long bamboo poles on their foreheads with glowing paper lanterns attached to the end.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Samurai District and Omoide no Katabunko. Explore hidden gems such as Ishiguro Samurai House and Iyataka Shrine. Take a break from Akita with a short trip to Gozanoishi Shrine in Semboku, about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: hunt for treasures at Akita Public Market, admire the striking features of Kubota Castle Front Gate, buy something for everyone on your list at Akita Station Building Topico, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Seitai Hoshikai.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Akita online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Akita takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Sapporo in March, you will find days in Akita are somewhat warmer (7°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Akita

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 24 — 28:

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.
Asakusa Shrine and Naritasan Omote Sando are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Waho-An NATURE Tokyo and Nezu Shrine. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Katori (Historic Old Town area in Sawara, Katori & Katori Jingu Shrine). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Hozomon, contemplate the waterfront views at Meguro River, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sengaku-ji Temple, and stroll around Kitanomaru Park.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tokyo online itinerary planner.

You can fly from Akita to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Akita in March, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 17°C and lows about 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 28 — Apr 5:

4
nights
Nagoya

Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Do your shopping at Sakae and Parco Gallery. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Atsuta Jingu Shrine and Inuyama Jokamachi. Go for a jaunt from Nagoya to Inuyama to see Oagata Shrine about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, explore the activities along Yamazaki River, contemplate the long history of Nagoya Castle, and wander the streets of Bunka michi.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nagoya road trip website.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nagoya takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Tokyo in April, you will find days in Nagoya are little chillier (19°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 5 — 9:

6
nights
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 Kennin-ji Temple and Chion-in Temple. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nishi Honganji and Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Honen-in, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Nagoya, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Spas
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 15:

3
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Osaka Castle and Hozenji Yokocho. Discover out-of-the-way places like Mt. Maya and Kemasakuranomiya Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nishinomiya (Nishinomiya Shrine, Shukugawa Park, &more). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Dotombori District, enjoy breathtaking views from Harukas 300 Observation Deck, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hōzen-ji Temple, and get a sense of history and politics at Mint Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Osaka trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Nagato.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 15 — 18:

2
nights
Nagato

Nagato is a city in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. On the 19th (Tue), explore the activities along Beppu Bentenike, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, then walk around Misuzu Park, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Omijima Nature Path, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Oomiko lake.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Nagato trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Osaka to Nagato. Traveling from Osaka in April, expect nights in Nagato to be somewhat warmer, around 17°C, while days are slightly colder, around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Nagato

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 18 — 20:
Highlights from your trip

2
nights
Fukuoka

City of Yatai

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.
For shopping fun, head to Acros Fukuoka or Tenjin Underground Shopping Center. Nanzoin and Tenkai Inari Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fukuoka: Dazaifu (Dazaifu Tenman-gu & Kamado Shrine). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakozaki Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Fukuoka City Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at Asahi Breweries Hakata Brewery, and stop by Nishijin Shopping District.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Fukuoka route maker app.

Traveling by car from Nagato to Fukuoka takes 2.5 hours. When traveling from Nagato in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Fukuoka, with highs around 23°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 20 — 22:

2
nights
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.
For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Himeji tour itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Fukuoka to Himeji takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Fukuoka in April, expect nights in Himeji to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are slightly colder, around 20°C. You will leave for Nara on the 24th (Sun).

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 24:

2
nights
Nara

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Kikuichi Monju Shiro Kanenaga and Experience YAMATO. Take a break from the city and head to Mt. Wakakusa and Nara Park. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Isuien Garden, steep yourself in history at Yoshikien, and don't miss a visit to Naramachi Koshino Ie.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Nara trip builder website.

Drive from Himeji to Nara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 26:

4
nights
Tokyo

Discover out-of-the-way places like Gotokuji Temple and University of Tokyo. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Yanaka District and Hanazono Shrine. See some other sides of Tokyo: see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Tokyo, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shibamata Taishakuten (Taishakuten Daikyoji Temple), and indulge in some personalized pampering at ERAWAN Thai Traditional Massage - Tokyo.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by train from Nara to Tokyo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Nara in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Tokyo, with lows of 12°C. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Spas · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Apr 26 — 30:

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.

Hyogo Prefecture travel guide

4.1
Castles · Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites
Hyōgo Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Kansai region on Honshu island. The capital is Kobe.HistoryPresent-day Hyōgo Prefecture includes the former provinces of Harima, Tajima, Awaji, and parts of Tanba and Settsu.In 1180, near the end of the Heian period, Emperor Antoku, Taira no Kiyomori, and the Imperial court moved briefly to Fukuhara, in what is now the city of Kobe. There the capital remained for five months.Himeji Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is in the city of Himeji.Southern Hyōgo Prefecture was severely devastated by the 6.9 Mw Great Hanshin earthquake of 1995, which destroyed major parts of Kobe and Awaji, as well as Takarazuka and neighboring Osaka Prefecture, killing nearly 6,500 people.

Source