44 days in Japan Itinerary

44 days in Japan Itinerary

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44 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Medellin
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  28​h
1
Yokohama
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Chofu
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Kumagaya
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Fukuroi
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Toyota
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Higashiosaka
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
7
Kobe
— 3 nights
train:  4​h
8
Oita
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
9
Kumamoto
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
10
Fukuoka
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
11
Kamaishi
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h
12
Sapporo
— 6 nights
Fly:  32​h
End: Medellin

4
nights
Yokohama

Yokohama ©
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hakone-machi (The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), & more), Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi) and Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Kōtoku-in, see the interesting displays at Yokohama Silk Museum, take a stroll through Yokohama Chinatown, and contemplate the long history of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Yokohama trip planner .

Medellin, Colombia to Yokohama is an approximately 28-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Medellin to Yokohama is 14 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Yokohama when traveling from Medellin in September, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Chofu.

Things to do in Yokohama

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Kamakura, Urayasu, Lake Kawaguchi
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 26:
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

3
nights
Chofu

Chofu ©
Chōfu is a city located in Tokyo Metropolis, in the central Kantō region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 228,663 and a population density of 10,590 per km². Get out of town with these interesting Chofu side-trips: Hachikokuyama Ryokuchi (in Higashimurayama), Showa Kinen Park (in Tachikawa) and Mt. Takao (in Hachioji). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, contemplate the waterfront views at Arima Canyon Fishing Spot, have some family-friendly fun at Fukuro Chabo Cafe, and wander the streets of Susukino.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Chofu driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Yokohama to Chofu in an hour. In September in Chofu, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kumagaya.

Things to do in Chofu

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trips

Susukino, Hachikokuyama Ryokuchi, Fukuro Chabo Cafe, Showa Kinen Park, Arima Canyon Fishing Spot
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Takao ©
Mt. Takao
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Susukino ©
Susukino

3
nights
Kumagaya

Kumagaya
Kumagaya is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, in the central Kantō region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 198,440 and a population density of 1240 persons per km². Get out of town with these interesting Kumagaya side-trips: Arima Canyon Fishing Spot (in Hanno), Kakumambuchi (in Maebashi) and Hase Kannon (in Koga). There's lots more to do: tee off at Murasaki Country Club Murasaki Ayame Course, admire the masterpieces at Kahenomori Art Museum, and get outside with Hachikokuyama Ryokuchi.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kumagaya day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Chofu to Kumagaya takes 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Chofu in September since evenings lows in Kumagaya dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Fukuroi.

Things to do in Kumagaya

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trips

Murasaki Country Club Murasaki Ayame Course, Kakumambuchi, Hase Kannon, Kahenomori Art Museum, Hachikokuyama Ryokuchi
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 2:

3
nights
Fukuroi

Fukuroi ©
Fukuroi is a city located in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.As of September 2015, the city had an estimated population of 85,169 and a population density of 786 persons per km². Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fukuroi: Mt. Konpira (in Fujieda), Oi Shrine (in Shimada) and Kakegawa (Kotonomama Hachimangu & Kawazakaya). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Kyu Akamatsuke Memorial, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuisai Temple, explore the historical opulence of Kakegawa Castle, and get to know the resident critters at Kakegawa Kachouen.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Fukuroi online tour planner .

Getting from Kumagaya to Fukuroi by car takes about 4.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Fukuroi when traveling from Kumagaya in October, with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Toyota.

Things to do in Fukuroi

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Kakegawa, Iwata, Okuni Jinja Shrine, Oi Shrine, Hyakken-daki Waterfall
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Kakegawa Kachouen ©
Kakegawa Kachouen
Okuni Jinja Shrine ©
Okuni Jinja Shrine
Hattasan Soneiji Temple ©
Hattasan Soneiji Temple

3
nights
Toyota

Toyota ©
Home to the internationally known car manufacturer of the same name, Toyota ranks as the largest city in Aichi Prefecture.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Toyota: Inuyama Castle (in Inuyama), Jozanen (in Anjo) and Chubu Park (in Toin-cho). And it doesn't end there: trek along Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail, admire the natural beauty at Kaore Plum Garden, explore the world behind art at Takahashi Setsuo Gallery, and cool off at Kur Resort Yubunesawa.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Toyota trip builder tool .

Drive from Fukuroi to Toyota in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Higashiosaka.

Things to do in Toyota

Parks Theme Parks Spas

Side Trips

Nakatsugawa, Inuyama Castle, Chubu Park, Kaore Plum Garden, Jozanen
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Chubu Park ©
Chubu Park
Inuyama Castle ©
Inuyama Castle
Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail ©
Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail

3
nights
Higashiosaka

Higashiosaka ©
Higashiosaka is known for historic sites, museums, parks, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Ishikiri Tsurugiya Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishikiri Tsurugiyajinja Shrine Kaminosha, examine the collection at Shiba Ryotaro Memorial Museum, and take in panoramic vistas at Higashiōsaka City Hall.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Higashiosaka trip planning tool .

You can drive from Toyota to Higashiosaka in 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Higashiosaka can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kobe.

Things to do in Higashiosaka

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Mt. Ikoma
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Ikoma ©
Mt. Ikoma
Ishikiri Tsurugiya Shrine ©
Ishikiri Tsurugiya Shrine
Hiraoka Shrine ©
Hiraoka Shrine

3
nights
Kobe

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kobe: Himeji (Koko-en Garden, Himeji Castle, & more). There's much more to do: deepen your understanding at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, enjoy the sand and surf at Suma Beach, appreciate the views at Arima Onsen, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ikuta Shrine.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kobe trip planner .

Traveling by car from Higashiosaka to Kobe takes an hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Oita.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Himeji
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden

3
nights
Oita

Oita ©
The gateway to a wealth of dynamic landscapes and some of the country's most atmospheric religious and cultural sites, Oita, in touristic terms, acts primarily as a transport hub.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Oita: Saiki (Mt. Motogoe & Banjo Osakanakan) and Inabake Shimoyashiki (in Usuki). There's much more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Takasakiyama Nature Zoo, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and buy something for everyone on your list at JR Oita City.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Oita trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Kobe to Oita takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Oita are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Oita

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trips

Saiki, Inabake Shimoyashiki
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago ©
JR Oita City ©
JR Oita City
Oita Prefectural Art Museum ©
Oita Prefectural Art Museum

3
nights
Kumamoto

Kumamoto ©
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kumamoto: Daikanbo (in Aso) and Takachiho-cho (Amano Yasugawara, Amano Iwato Shrine, & more). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Kumamoto Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, look for gifts at KUMAMON products Nagataniya, and admire the masterpieces at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Kumamoto journey maker app .

You can take a train from Oita to Kumamoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Kumamoto can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Takachiho-cho, Mt. Aso, Daikanbo
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Suizenji Jojuen Garden ©
Suizenji Jojuen Garden
Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Daikanbo ©
Daikanbo

4
nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Fukuoka: Nagasaki (Megane Bridge, Glover Garden, & more), Huis Ten Bosch (in Sasebo) and Dazaifu Temmangu (in Dazaifu). Next up on the itinerary: let little ones run wild at Ohori Park, browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, don't miss a visit to Hakata Station, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakozaki Shrine.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka trip planner .

Take a train from Kumamoto to Fukuoka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Fukuoka are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Kamaishi.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Nagasaki, Huis Ten Bosch, Dazaifu Temmangu, Komenoyama Obsevatory
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden

2
nights
Kamaishi

Kamaishi ©
Kamaishi is a city located on the Sanriku rias coast in Iwate Prefecture, Japan., the city had an estimated population of 35,228, and a population density of 80 persons per km2, in 16,832 households. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kamaishi: Rokando (in Sumita-cho), Rikuzentakata (Yagisawa Shoten, Ipopommatsu & Fumonji) and Ofunato (Anatoshishiso & Goishi Kaigan Beach). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Jodogahama Beach and stroll around Yakushi Park.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kamaishi trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Fukuoka to Kamaishi. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Fukuoka in October, with highs in Kamaishi at 20°C and lows at 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kamaishi

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Rikuzentakata, Ofunato, Rokando, Jodogahama Beach
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Jodogahama  Beach ©
Jodogahama Beach
Fumonji ©
Fumonji
Yakushi Park ©
Yakushi Park

6
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Otaru Canal (in Otaru), Noboribetsu (Oyunuma & Jigokudani) and Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho). There's lots more to do: stroll around Odori Park, take in panoramic vistas at Sapporo TV Tower, get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, and take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Sapporo route builder tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kamaishi to Sapporo. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kamaishi in October: highs in Sapporo hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Noboribetsu, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, Otaru Canal
Find places to stay Oct 27 — Nov 2:
Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

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