44 days in Japan Itinerary

44 days in Japan Itinerary

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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 2 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 5 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train
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Matsumoto
— 5 nights
Drive
8
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Bus to Odawara, Train to Tokyo
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly
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Towada
— 4 nights
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Suwa Shrine, snap pictures at Megane Bridge, see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then contemplate the long history of Nagasaki Peace Park, and finally make a trip to Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple, walk around Nabekanmuriyama Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, see the interesting displays at Dejima, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Nagasaki online road trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Nagasaki is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Singapore in October, expect Nagasaki to be slightly colder, temps between 28°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 7:

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama), Ohara Museum of Art (in Kurashiki) and Hatsukaichi (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Miyajima, &more). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, head outdoors with Tobishima Kaido, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

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Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In October in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 7 — 11:

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally stroll around Kunimi no Mori Park. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Akashi Kaikyo Bridge and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Himeji vacation app.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Himeji, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 13:

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Nara Park, &more), Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin & Mt. Koya) and Kuriyama Family Residence (in Gojo). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, deepen your understanding at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Osaka when traveling from Himeji in October, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 13 — 18:

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and wander the streets of Arashiyama.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary maker site.

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 23:

Kanazawa

— 3 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: Inami Betsuin Zuisen-ji Temple (in Nanto) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). The adventure continues: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa day trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. October in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 23 — 26:

Matsumoto

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Matsumoto: Takayama (Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, Takayama Jinya, &more) and Nagano (Zenko-ji Temple & Snow Monkey Resorts). And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through Matsumoto Castle, take a peaceful walk through Tashiro Shitsugen, explore the activities along Pond Tashiro, and deepen your understanding at Suzuki Shin-ichi Talent Education Institute.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto trip planner.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kanazawa in October, plan for slightly colder days in Matsumoto, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 26 — 31:

Hakone-machi

— 2 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashinoko, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu. Keep things going the next day: push the limits with Fun2Drive and then get outside with Asahi Taki Fall.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Hakone-machi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Hakone-machi are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 2:

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 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get the adrenaline pumping with Street Kart Tour Akihabara #1 by Go-Kart, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and wander the streets of Odaiba District.

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Traveling by combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Hakone-machi in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Towada.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 2 — 8:

Towada

— 4 nights
Tucked away among the foothills of the Hakkoda mountain range, Towada tourism revolves around its eponymous lake and the surrounding national park.
Venture out of the city with trips to Aomori (Jogakura Bridge & Tashirotai Heights) and Hachimantai (Hachimantai Asupite line & Hachimantai Promenade Peak). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Oirase Gorge, take in the dramatic scenery at Hakufu no Taki, take in the awesome beauty at Hakkoda Mountains, and see Guriland.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Towada road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Towada takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in November, things will get little chillier in Towada: highs are around 11°C and lows about 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to fly to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Towada

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 8 — 12:

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, beaches, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see what's hidden on the seafloor at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, explore the activities along Kabira Bay, and visit Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki day trip planning site.

Fly from Towada to Ishigaki in 7.5 hours. In November, Ishigaki is much warmer than Towada - with highs of 31°C and lows of 25°C. On the 17th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 12 — 17:

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.