48 days in Japan Itinerary

48 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan holiday planner

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Fly
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Ferry to Motobu-cho
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Motobu-cho
— 4 nights
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Sasebo
— 3 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 4 nights
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Osaka
— 5 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Drive
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Ishigaki

— 5 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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see what's hidden on the seafloor at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, stop by Pinion Direct Shop, explore the activities along Kabira Bay, and enjoy the sea views from Oganzaki Lighthouse.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip maker website.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Ishigaki is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Ishigaki is 1 hour. When traveling from Kuala Lumpur in March, plan for much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Ishigaki: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 14 — 19:

Motobu-cho

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Motobu-cho: Nakijin-son (Kouri Beach, Kouri Ohashi, &more) and Onna-son (Sun Marina Beach, Cape Manzamo, &more). The adventure continues: observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, take in nature's colorful creations at Yohena Ajisai Park, go for a walk through Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, and head outdoors with Akabaka Beach.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Motobu-cho trip maker website.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Ishigaki to Motobu-cho takes 6 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in March, plan for a bit cooler nights in Motobu-cho, with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sasebo.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 19 — 23:

Sasebo

— 3 nights
With its U.S. Navy base, Sasebo has certainly developed pockets with an international feel: in downtown, often known as Sailor Town, you'll happen upon a number of eateries serving American-style hamburgers.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sasebo: Nagasaki (Glover Garden, Nagasaki Peace Park, &more). Pack the 24th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Huis Ten Bosch. There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Kujuku Island, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Kujukushima Aquarium Umikirara, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Yumihari, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ohashikannonji.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Sasebo trip builder website.

Fly from Motobu-cho to Sasebo in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Motobu-cho in March, with highs in Sasebo at 17°C and lows at 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Sasebo

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 23 — 26:

Hiroshima

— 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Mt. Misen (in Miyajima), Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni) and Hatsukaichi (Mikasahama Beach, Miyajima, &more). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip planner.

Traveling by train from Sasebo to Hiroshima takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In March in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 26 — 31:

Himeji

— 4 nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Himeji: Art Nomura (in Kobe), Awaji (Awajihanasajiki & Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park) and Matsue Swimming Beach (in Akashi). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, relax in the rural setting at Nanaku Strawberry Farm, examine the collection at Japanese Rural Toy Museum, and steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

Make your Himeji itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In March in Himeji, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 4:

Osaka

— 5 nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Gyoja no Taki (in Izumisano), Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more) and Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin & Mt. Koya). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, wander the streets of Minami (Namba), and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Osaka trip planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Osaka sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 4 — 9:

Kyoto

— 6 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.
Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Nara to see Todai-ji Temple about 1 hour away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and take a stroll through Gion.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto planning tool.

Take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 9 — 15:

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Takayama (Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), Takayama Jinya, &more) and Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and let your taste buds guide you at In Kanazawa House.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Kyoto in April since evenings lows in Kanazawa dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 15 — 19:

Fujikawaguchiko-machi

— 4 nights
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Hakone-machi (Owaku-dani Valley, Hakone Kowakien Yunessun, &more), Fujinomiya (Fujisanhongusengen Shrine Okumiya & Kusushi Shrine) and Nishiura (in Fujiyoshida). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Fuji and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kawaguchi.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip planner.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Kanazawa in April, you will find days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi are slightly colder (15°C), and nights are a bit warmer (13°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Nature · Parks · Theme Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 19 — 23:

Tokyo

— 7 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 these side-trips from Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 23 — 30:

Japan travel guide

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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.