42 days in Japan Itinerary

42 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

Make it your trip
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
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Nagasaki
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Himeji
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Kamakura
— 2 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 5 nights
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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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get interesting insight from Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and stop by Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki day trip website.

Bangkok, Thailand to Ishigaki is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time (ICT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 2 hours. In April, Ishigaki is slightly colder than Bangkok - with highs of 30°C and lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Apr 20 — 24:

Nagasaki

— 3 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.
Step out of Nagasaki with an excursion to Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo--about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sōfuku-ji Temple, pause for some photo ops at Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing, and walk around Nagasaki Peace Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Nagasaki travel route website.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Nagasaki in 5.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Ishigaki in April, with highs in Nagasaki at 22°C and lows at 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 24 — 27:

Hiroshima

— 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more) and Ohara Museum of Art (in Kurashiki). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima journey planner.

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 27 — May 1:

Himeji

— 2 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.
On the 2nd (Sun), stroll around Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, make a trip to Nishi no Maru Nagatsubone, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and finally contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Matsue Swimming Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura, and then contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Himeji trip itinerary website.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 1 — 3:

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Koya-cho (Healing Space Koyasan Uguisu Seitaiin, Mt. Koya, &more), Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more) and Shukugawa Park (in Nishinomiya). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, take a stroll through Dotombori District, get a sense of history and politics at Mint Museum, and get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip maker tool.

Take a train from Himeji to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Himeji, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Osaka, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 3 — 8:

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Jindoji Temple (in Kizugawa). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, go for a walk through Philosopher's Walk, and take a stroll through Arashiyama.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planner.

You can drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 8 — 14:

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Ishikawa Jumoku Park (in Hakusan), Takayama (Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, Takayama Jinya, &more) and Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). There's lots more to do: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Neagarimatsu, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa vacation maker app.

Drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Kyoto in May, plan for slightly colder days in Kanazawa, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 14 — 18:

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.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, wander the streets of Odaiba District, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo vacation planning site.

Traveling by flight from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Kanazawa in May, with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kamakura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 18 — 24:

Kamakura

— 2 nights

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): make a trip to Kōtoku-in, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple Kannondo, and finally get great views at Hase-dera Temple Scenic Walkway. Here are some ideas for day two: head off the coast to Enoshima Island, hike along Kamakura Hiking Trails, then contemplate the long history of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Nagoe Excavation.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kamakura day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Kamakura takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in May, expect nights in Kamakura to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 24 — 26:

Hakone-machi

— 5 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Explore Hakone-machi's surroundings by going to Fujinomiya (Fujinomiya Route & Kusushi Shrine), Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Lake Kawaguchi & Ide Sake Brewery) and Fujiyoshida (Chureito Pagoda & Arakurayama Sengen Park). There's much more to do: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and get great views at Hakone Ropeway.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi holiday maker tool.

Getting from Kamakura to Hakone-machi by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. May in Hakone-machi sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 19°C at night. On the 31st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 26 — 31:

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.