40 days in Japan Itinerary

40 days in Japan Itinerary

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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 21 nights
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Himeji
— 3 nights
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Okayama
— 4 nights
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Hatsukaichi
— 3 nights
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Takachiho-cho
— 4 nights

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Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You've added Kutaniyaki Kaburaki, Terashima Kurando House, Seisonkaku Villa, and other attractions to your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Kanazawa Castle and D. T. Suzuki Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Higashichaya Old Town and Nomura Family Samurai House. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, admire the natural beauty at Shofukaku Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, and contemplate the long history of Oyama Shrine.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip maker website.

Kyoto to Kanazawa is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Find places to stay Sep 24 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Taizo-in, Tanzan Shrine, Hase-dera Temple, and other attractions. Appreciate the collections at Kyoto National Museum and Kaleidoscope Museum of Kyoto. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Hikone Castle Museum (in Hikone), Byodoin (in Uji) and Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Todai-ji Temple, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk, and contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto tour planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Kyoto sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 19:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
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Himeji

Himeji ©
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Himeji Park, Sunflower Hill Park, Nishi no Maru, and other attractions. Get some cultural insight at Himeji CityMuseum of Art and Hyogo Prefectural Museum of History. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Koko-en and don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Himeji trip site.

Getting from Kyoto to Himeji by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Okayama.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nishi no Maru ©
Nishi no Maru

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Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Fuji Park, Hayashibara Museum of Art, Okayama Korakuen Garden, and other attractions you added. Do some cultural sightseeing at Okayama Castle and Kibitsu Shrine. There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Momotaro Statue.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Okayama sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Himeji to Okayama takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Himeji in October, plan for little chillier nights in Okayama, with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Okayama

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 22 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter ©
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter
Shikoku Mura Village ©
Shikoku Mura Village

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Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Imaise Shrine, Tahoto, Itsukushima Shrine, and other attractions you added. Visit Miyajima and Itsukushima Shrine Torii for their historical value. Senjokaku and Daiganji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Hatsukaichi with an excursion to Mashikeitsukushima Shrine in Mashike-cho--about 15h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daishoin Temple, contemplate the long history of To no Oka, see the interesting displays at Itsukushima Shrine Treasure Hall, and don't miss a visit to Gojuno To.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Hatsukaichi road trip website.

You can take a train from Okayama to Hatsukaichi in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in October, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Miyajima
Miyajima
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple

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Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Sukimu Land, Takachihokyo Passage, Takachiho Gorge, and other attractions you added. Popular historic sites such as Takachiho Shrine and Kaguraden are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Amano Yasugawara and Amano Iwato Shrine. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Aratate Shrine, take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls, contemplate the long history of Kushifuru Shrine, and take in the awesome beauty at Kunimigaoka.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Takachiho-cho trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Hatsukaichi to Takachiho-cho takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in October, and nighttime lows around 59°F. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 2:
Highlights from your plan
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine

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