41 days in Japan Itinerary

41 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Sapporo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Niseko-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hakodate
— 2 nights
Fly
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Karuizawa-machi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train
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Izu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nagahama
— 2 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 3 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 1 night
Drive
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Kobe
— 2 nights
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Drive to Osaka International Airport, Fly to Fukuoka Airport, Drive to Unzen
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Unzen
— 2 nights
Drive to Fukuoka Airport, Fly to Miyako Airport
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Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly
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Okinawa City
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nago
— 2 nights
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Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
Fly
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to London Heathrow

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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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): walk around Nakajima Park, examine the collection at Sapporo Beer Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38, get great views at Sapporo TV Tower, then take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and finally hit the slopes at Okurayama Lookout.

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London, UK to Sapporo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Sapporo, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from London in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sapporo: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Niseko-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 17:

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Niseko-cho

Mt. Fuji of Hokkaido

Ranking as the most popular ski resort in Hokkaido, mountaintop Niseko-cho boasts great slopes and surprisingly vibrant nightlife.
On your second day here, fly down the slopes at Niseko Village Ski Resort, then get outside with Niseko Village Pure, then explore the activities along Lake Toya, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Niseko-cho online itinerary planner.

Getting from Sapporo to Niseko-cho by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In October in Niseko-cho, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Niseko-cho

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 17 — 19:

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Hakodate

City of Lights

A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
On the 20th (Thu), look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Motomachi, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hakodate Orthodox Church. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Trappistine Monasteries, examine the collection at Hakodate Magistrate's Office, then enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower, then walk around Goryokaku Park, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakodate Morning Market.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hakodate tour website.

Drive from Niseko-cho to Hakodate in 3 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Karuizawa-machi.

Things to do in Hakodate

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 21:

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Karuizawa-machi

The only city in the world to have hosted both summer and winter Olympics, the resort town of Karuizawa-machi boasts clean air, impressive mountain scenery, and many outdoor activities and hot springs.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Hiroshi Senju Museum Karuizawa, then explore the activities along Kumoba Pond, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kyukaruizawa Ginza-dori, and finally browse the different shops at Karuizawa prince shopping plaza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): buy something for everyone on your list at Harunire Terrace, take in the natural beauty of Tombo no Yu, appreciate the history behind Stone Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Karuizawa Kogen Church, then admire the sheer force of Shiraito Falls, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Suwa Shrine.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Karuizawa-machi online holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Hakodate to Karuizawa-machi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Hakodate in October since evenings lows in Karuizawa-machi dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 24:

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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.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take a stroll through Ginza, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Karuizawa-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Karuizawa-machi in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 26°C and lows about 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Izu.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 24 — 26:

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Izu

Izu sits in the center of the mountainous Izu Peninsula.
On the 27th (Thu), trek along Jogasaki Coast, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Izu Shaboten Zoo, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Omuro, then take in nature's colorful creations at Izu Granpal Park, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Baird Brewery Gardens Shusenji. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Joren Waterfall, get a new perspective on nature at Joren Falls Museum, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, take a memorable drive along Nishiizu Skyline, then contemplate the long history of Shuzen-ji Temple, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Chikurinnokomichi.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Izu trip itinerary planning website.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Izu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Tokyo in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Izu, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Nagahama.

Things to do in Izu

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 26 — 28:

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Nagahama

Rising to prominence under feudal rule in the 16th century, the city of Nagahama sits in the northeast Shiga Prefecture, on the shores of Lake Biwa.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Kinomotojuku, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hogon-ji Temple, step off the mainland to explore Chikubushima, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukubusuma Shrine, then explore the activities along Lake Biwa, and finally get curious at Yanmar Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Kurokabe Square, get engrossed in the history at Nagahama Castle Historical Museum, see the interesting displays at Hikone Castle Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Hikone Castle, and finally appreciate the history behind Ii Naomasa Statue.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nagahama journey builder.

Getting from Izu to Nagahama by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Izu in October since evenings lows in Nagahama dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagahama

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 28 — 30:

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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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, visit Arashiyama, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji.

To find where to stay and tourist information, use the Kyoto day trip site.

You can take a train from Nagahama to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 2:

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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.
On the 3rd (Thu), take a peaceful walk through Kasugayama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Daibutsuden. On your second day here, make a trip to Todaiji Keidaicho, admire the natural beauty at Isuien Garden, take in nature's colorful creations at Yoshikien, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Nara tour planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Nara by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 5:

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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, then don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, then wander the streets of Dotombori District, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Osaka sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 6:

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Kobe

Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ikuta Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, then examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, and finally make a trip to Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street. On the next day, gain insight at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, then wander the streets of Kobe Harborland, then take in panoramic vistas at Kobe Port Tower, and finally wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kobe trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Osaka to Kobe in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. November in Kobe sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Unzen.

Things to do in Kobe

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks · Spas
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 8:

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Unzen

Set against a formidable volcano, the city of Unzen pulsates with scenic beauty.
On the 9th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Shimabara Castle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Samurai Houses, contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Heisei Shinzan, then take in the awesome beauty at Nita Toge, then enjoy breathtaking views from Unzen Nita Pass, and finally don't miss a visit to Unzen Jigoku (Unzen Hell). Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Shirakumo Pond, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then take in panoramic vistas at Nita Pass Second Lookout.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Unzen trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kobe to Unzen. In November, daily temperatures in Unzen can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 10th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Unzen

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 8 — 10:

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Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Kouri Island, head outdoors with Yonaha Maehama Beach, snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, then kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, then make a trip to East Henna Cape, and finally stroll around Imugya Marine Garden.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Miyakojima online itinerary builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Unzen to Miyakojima. In November, Miyakojima is a bit warmer than Unzen - with highs of 30°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Okinawa City.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 12:

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Okinawa City

Okinawa is the second-largest city in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, following Naha, the capital city. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Blue Cave, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then get advice or help at Michi-no-Eki Kadena, and finally make a trip to American Village. On the next day, look for gifts at Kaboten no Mise Nakasone, steep yourself in history at Katsuren Castle Ruins, then make a trip to Kaichu Road, then contemplate the long history of Sefa-Utaki, and finally snap pictures at Nirai Bridge/Kanai Bridge.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Okinawa City trip planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Miyakojima to Okinawa City. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nago.

Things to do in Okinawa City

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 12 — 14:

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Nago

Developed as an upper-middle class tourist town in the northern part of Okinawa Island, Nago offers a wide range of leisure activities from swimming to exploration of ruins and rainforests.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, walk around Busena Marine Park, then walk around Neo Park Okinawa, then get outside with Tiinuhama Beach, and finally have fun at Nago Pineapple Park. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Yagaji Bridge, take in panoramic vistas at Kouri Ocean Tower, and then snap pictures at Kouri Ohashi.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Nago trip builder.

You can drive from Okinawa City to Nago in an hour. Another option is to drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Nago

Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 14 — 16:

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Motobu-cho

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): walk around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park and then steep yourself in history at Nakijin Castle Ruins. Keep things going the next day: observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, observe the fascinating underwater world at Okichan Theater, and then make a trip to Bise no Fukugi Tree Road.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Motobu-cho vacation app.

Motobu-cho is just a short distance from Nago. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in November, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 16 — 18:

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Yakushima-cho

A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
You've now added Kuchinoerabu-jima to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): head off the coast to Kuchinoerabu-jima, don't miss a visit to Jōmon Sugi, then take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and finally make a trip to Wilson Stump. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Kigensugi Cedar, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tachudake.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Yakushima-cho travel planning tool.

Fly from Motobu-cho to Yakushima-cho in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or ride a ferry. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Motobu-cho in November: highs in Yakushima-cho hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 18°C. On the 20th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Spas · Baths
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 20:

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and then enjoy some diversion at SHA-RAKU Archery Experience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

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Traveling by combination of flight and train from Yakushima-cho to Hiroshima takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in November, things will get a bit cooler in Hiroshima: highs are around 20°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 20 — 22:

Japan travel guide

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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.