40 days in Japan Itinerary

40 days in Japan Itinerary

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40 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Shimoda
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Nishiizu-cho
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Numazu
— 5 nights
Train:  3​h 15​min
5
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train:  45​min
6
Nara
— 6 nights
Train:  45​min
7
Osaka
— 8 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Perth

7
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Nagakubo Park (in Fujisawa), Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama) and Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Hase-dera Temple, & more). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take a stroll through Odaiba, and browse the exhibits of Tokyo National Museum.

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Perth, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Perth to Tokyo. When traveling from Perth in September, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Shimoda.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Kamakura, Urayasu, Nagakubo Park, Sankeien Gardens
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

3
nights
Shimoda

Shimoda ©
On a trip to Shimoda, a small town nestled on the tip of the Izu peninsula, you can take advantage of the scenic sandy beaches and soak in the laid-back atmosphere.
Change things up with these side-trips from Shimoda: Sakura Trees Near Naka River (in Matsuzaki-cho), Okuiro Beach (in Minamiizu-cho) and Higashiizu-cho (Atagawa Bananawani Garden Bunen & Inatori Ukiuki Beach). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Iritahama Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Kujupama Beach, get great views at Tsumekizaki Tawara Iso Beach, and get outside with Kisami Ohama Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Shimoda day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Shimoda takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Nishiizu-cho.

Things to do in Shimoda

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Minamiizu-cho, Higashiizu-cho, Sakura Trees Near Naka River, Izu Naranda no Sato Kawazu Heian Buddha Statue Pavilion
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Tatadohama Beach ©
Tatadohama Beach
Shirahama Beach ©
Shirahama Beach
Sotoura Beach ©
Sotoura Beach

3
nights
Nishiizu-cho

Nishiizu-cho ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Nishiizu-cho: Iwachi Beach (in Matsuzaki-cho) and Izu (Toi Beach, Odoi Beach, & more).

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Nishiizu-cho trip planner .

Drive from Shimoda to Nishiizu-cho in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Numazu.

Things to do in Nishiizu-cho

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Izu, Iwachi Beach
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Futo Beach ©
Futo Beach
Joren Waterfall ©
Joren Waterfall

5
nights
Numazu

Numazu ©
Numazu tourism focuses primarily on what lies just outside of the town, with the urban area providing a base for wider regional, natural explorations.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Numazu: Sunset Falls (in Minamiashigara), Hakone-machi (Narukawa Art Museum, The Hakone Open-Air Museum, & more) and Abe Great Waterfall (in Shizuoka). There's lots more to do: go for a walk through Lake Kawaguchi, enjoy the sand and surf at Ita Beach, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Baird Brewery Gardens Shusenji, and walk around Oishi Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Numazu trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Nishiizu-cho to Numazu in 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Numazu can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Numazu

Parks Theme Parks Baths

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Abe Great Waterfall, Fureai Pool Tamaho, Gempeigawa River
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Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)

6
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.
When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Nagoya Castle in Nagoya, approximately 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, make a trip to Nishiki Market Shopping District, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, and take a stroll through Gion.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Numazu to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Numazu in September since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), Nagoya Castle
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

6
nights
Nara

Nara ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nara: Chubu Park (in Toin-cho), Byodoin (in Uji) and Mt.Takami (in Matsusaka). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine, contemplate the waterfront views at Saho River, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Nara day trip website .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. In September in Nara, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sakurai, Byodoin, Jindoji Temple, Mt.Takami, Ise Grand Shrine
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine

8
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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Chuo (Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution & Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)), Himeji (Nagoyama Reien Busharito, Koko-en Garden, & more) and Koya-cho (Torodo Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, & more). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, admire the striking features of Kuchu Teien Observatory, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Osaka trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by train from Nara to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Nara in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Osaka, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Kobe, Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, Zuiganji Temple
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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