44 days in Japan Itinerary

44 days in Japan Itinerary

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44 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
4
Wakayama
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h
5
Uwajima
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Miyazaki
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  3​h 30​min
7
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
8
Kawaba-mura
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Tokyo
— 9 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: London

4
nights
Tokyo

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ghibli Museum as well as Chidorigafuchi. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Harajuku Takeshita-dori and Shin-Marunouchi Building. Get outdoors at Ueno Zoo and Enoshima Island. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Showa Kinen Park (in Tachikawa) and Chiba Zoological Park (in Chiba). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, make a trip to The Tsukiji Market, browse the range of quality goods at Isetan Department Store Shinjuku, and wander the streets of Kagurazaka.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo holiday planner.

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from London in June; daily highs in Tokyo reach 30°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Shopping

Side Trips

Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Showa Kinen Park, Chiba Zoological Park, Enoshima Island
Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 3:
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Enoshima Island ©
Enoshima Island
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Kagurazaka ©
Kagurazaka

4
nights
Kyoto

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.
Visiting Tanoura Beach and Kamogawa River will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Kinkaku-ji and Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuo (in Ryuo-cho) and Chikubushima (in Nagahama). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Kyoto Station Building, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Biwa, and don't miss a visit to Matsumoto Mountai Pass.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planner .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, Tanoura Beach, Lake Biwa, Matsumoto Mountai Pass, Chikubushima
Find places to stay Jul 3 — 7:
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple ©
Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
Kamogawa River ©
Kamogawa River

4
nights
Osaka

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.
Get outdoors at Nara Park and Arima Onsen. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tenjimbashisuji Shopping Street and Cup Noodle Mueseum. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Kobe (Mt. Rokko & Kobe City Hall), Tōdai-ji (in Nara) and Mt. Yoshinoyama (in Yoshino-cho). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Dotonbori, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Osaka day trip planner.

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In July, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Wakayama.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Kobe, Nara, Mt. Yoshino, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 11:
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

4
nights
Wakayama

Wakayama ©
Split into two parts by the Kinokawa River, the city of Wakayama stands nestled in the eponymous plain, overlooked by a historic hilltop castle that was rebuilt after World War II.
Head to Toretore Market and Rinku Premium Outletsfor some retail therapy. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shirahama Beach and Mount Koyasan. Venture out of the city with trips to Tamaki Shrine (in Totsukawa-mura) and Adventure World (in Shirahama-cho). There's more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Momijidani Garden.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Wakayama online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Osaka to Wakayama in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daytime highs in Wakayama are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Uwajima.

Things to do in Wakayama

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Shirahama-cho, Rinku Premium Outlets, Mt. Koya, Tamaki Shrine
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 15:
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Shirarahama Beach ©
Shirarahama Beach
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya
Toretore Market ©
Toretore Market

4
nights
Uwajima

Uwajima ©
Uwajima is a city located in Ehime Prefecture, Japan.As of October 1, 2010, the city has an estimated population of 86,631 and a population density of 184.53 persons per km². Discover out-of-the-way places like Uwajima Castle and Garyu Sanso. Get some cultural insight at Ōzu Castle and Ryūkō-in Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Uwajima: Seiyo (Kaimei School & Museum of Ehime History and Culture), Odonosama Park (Ozujosannomaru Minami Sumiyagura Park) (in Ozu) and Uchiko-cho (Streets in Yokaichi-Gokoku Areas, Machiya Resource Center, & more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Nametoko Valley, take in breathtaking views at Yakushidani Canyon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Inarizan Ryukoji Temple, and take an in-depth tour of Sei Bunkazai Dekoboko Shindo.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Uwajima online day trip planner .

Getting from Wakayama to Uwajima by car takes about 6 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Uwajima can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Miyazaki.

Things to do in Uwajima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Ozu, Uchiko-cho, Seiyo
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 19:
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Uwajima Castle ©
Uwajima Castle
Museum of Ehime History and Culture ©

4
nights
Miyazaki

Miyazaki ©
Enjoying some of the warmest weather on Japan's main islands, Miyazaki thrived as a resort town in the 1980s, with hotels, beaches, and seafood restaurants galore.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tokubetsuto Rice Terraces and Omi Shrine. Get some cultural insight at Hyuga Cape and Saitobaru Tomb. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Miyazaki: Takachiho-cho (Takachiho Gamadase Market, Aratate Shrine, & more), Miyakonojo (Sekinoo Fall & Takachihonomine) and Cruss Sea (in Hyuga).

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Miyazaki online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Uwajima to Miyazaki takes 6 hours. July in Miyazaki sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Miyazaki

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Takachiho-cho, Hyuga, Miyakonojo, Saitobaru Tomb
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 23:
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Kaguraden ©
Kaguraden
Aratate Shrine ©
Aratate Shrine
Omi Shrine ©
Omi Shrine

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Step off the beaten path and head to Suo-Oshima and Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street. Do some cultural sightseeing at Miyajima and Daishoin Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Tenku Rice Terraces (in Kaminoseki-cho), Mikasahama Beach (in Hatsukaichi) and Oda (Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine & Yunotsu Onsen). It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima holiday planner .

Do a combination of flight and train from Miyazaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. July in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Fri) before leaving for Kawaba-mura.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Oda, Suo-Oshima, Tenku Rice Terraces
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 27:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

4
nights
Kawaba-mura

Kawaba-mura ©
Visiting Oze National Park and Mount Aizu Komagatake will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Mount Hiuchigatake and Gunma Astronomical Observatory. Get out of town with these interesting Kawaba-mura side-trips: Higashiagatsuma-machi (Iwabitsu Castle Ruins & Onsen Resorts).

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Kawaba-mura journey maker site .

Explore your travel options from Hiroshima to Kawaba-mura with the Route module. Traveling from Hiroshima in July, you will find days in Kawaba-mura are slightly colder (31°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kawaba-mura

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hinoemata-mura, Higashiagatsuma-machi, Gunma Astronomical Observatory, Oze National Park
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 31:
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Oze National Park ©
Oze National Park
Gunma Astronomical Observatory ©
Gunma Astronomical Observatory

9
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
You've now added Ghibli Museum to your itinerary. Get outdoors at Hakone Shisseikaen and Mt. Takao. Step off the beaten path and head to Kamogawa SeaWorld and Isetan Department Store Shinjuku. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) (in Hakone-machi), Tokyo DisneySea (in Urayasu) and Mother Farm (in Futtsu). See even more of Tokyo: wander the streets of Ginza, get a taste of the local shopping with Asakusa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Kawaba-mura to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. While traveling from Kawaba-mura, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Mt. Takao, Mother Farm, Tokyo DisneySea
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 9:
Highlights from your plan
Hakone Shisseikaen ©
Hakone Shisseikaen
Ueno ©
Ueno
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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