40 days in Japan Itinerary

40 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
2
Nikko
— 3 nights
3
Shari-cho
— 4 nights
4
Karuizawa-machi
— 2 nights
5
Matsumoto
— 3 nights
6
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
7
Hatsukaichi
— 3 nights
8
Yakushima-cho
— 1 night
9
Onna-son
— 2 nights
10
Nanjo
— 3 nights
11
Osaka
— 4 nights
12
Kyoto
— 5 nights
13
Fuji
— 2 nights

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 Shibuya Center-gai, Ueno Zoo and Tokyo Disneyland. Ueno District and Akihabara are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park) and Tokyo Dome City. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Odaiba District, browse the different shops at Diver City Tokyo Plaza, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo travel planner.

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major aiports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Ibaraki Airport / JASDF Hyakuri Air Base. In June, daytime highs in Tokyo are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. You'll set off for Nikko on the 27th (Thu).

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Find places to stay Jun 23 — 27:
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Shibuya Center-gai ©
Shibuya Center-gai
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Ueno District ©
Ueno District

3
nights
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Step out of the city life by going to Nasu Highlands and Kirifuri Waterfall. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Taiyuimbyo Shrine and Nikko Futarasan Jinja Chugushi Shrine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nikko: Nasu-machi (Nasu Yuzen Shrine & Cheese Garden Nasu Honten). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu and take in the dramatic scenery at Urami Waterfall.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Nikko day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Nikko are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Nasu-machi
Find places to stay Jun 27 — 30:
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Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
Nasu Highlands ©
Nasu Highlands

4
nights
Shari-cho

Shari-cho ©
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
Step out of the city life by going to Shiretoko National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore hidden gems such as Mt. Rausu and Shiretoko Highway. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Shiretoko Peninsula, get answers to all your questions at Shiretoko World Heritage Conservation Center, and enjoy the sand and surf at Shiretoko Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Shari-cho trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Nikko to Shari-cho takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Nikko in June, things will get slightly colder in Shari-cho: highs are around 20°C and lows about 14°C. On the 4th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Karuizawa-machi.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Hokkaido, Shiretoko Highway
Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 4:
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Shiretoko National Park ©
Shiretoko National Park
Mt. Rausu ©
Mt. Rausu
Shiretoko Peninsula ©
Shiretoko Peninsula

2
nights
Karuizawa-machi

Karuizawa-machi ©
The only city in the world to have hosted both summer and winter Olympics, the resort town of Karuizawa-machi boasts clean air, impressive mountain scenery, and many outdoor activities and hot springs.
On the 5th (Fri), buy something for everyone on your list at Harunire Terrace, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St.Paul's Catholic Church Karuizawa, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kyukaruizawa Ginza-dori. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Kumoba Pond and then browse the different shops at Karuizawa prince shopping plaza.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Karuizawa-machi vacation maker website.

You can fly from Shari-cho to Karuizawa-machi in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Shari-cho in July; daily highs in Karuizawa-machi reach 34°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 6:
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Harunire Terrace ©
Harunire Terrace
Kumoba Pond ©
Kumoba Pond
Kyukaruizawa Ginza-dori ©
Kyukaruizawa Ginza-dori

3
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Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): take a stroll through Nakamachi Street. On the next day, step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hotaka Shrine, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Pond Tashiro.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto trip planner.

You can drive from Karuizawa-machi to Matsumoto in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In July, daytime highs in Matsumoto are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Shopping · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ueda, Hotaka Shrine
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 9:
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Misuzuame Hompo Iijima Shoten Ueda Honten ©
Pond Tashiro ©
Pond Tashiro
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Suganuma Gassho Community and D. T. Suzuki Museum. Gokayama and Ainokura Gassho Community are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Shirakawa-mura (Wada House & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses), Motorcar Museum of Japan (in Komatsu) and Kakusenkei Gorge (in Kaga). There's much more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and contemplate the long history of Shima.

To find ratings and tourist information, use the Kanazawa road trip site.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Nanto, Shirakawa-mura, Motorcar Museum of Japan, Kakusenkei Gorge
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 12:
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Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community
Gokayama ©
Gokayama

3
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Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): stop by Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daiganji Temple, contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine Torii, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Miyajima, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Mikasahama Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the different shops at AEON MALL Hiroshima Fuchu and then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hatsukaichi tour planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Hatsukaichi by train takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Hatsukaichi are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

AEON MALL Hiroshima Fuchu
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Miyajima
Miyajima

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Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): trek along Yakusugi Land. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Sandaisugi, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tachudake, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Janokuchinotaki Falls.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Yakushima-cho itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hatsukaichi to Yakushima-cho in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In July in Yakushima-cho, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 16:
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Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Tachudake ©
Tachudake

2
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Onna-son

Onna-son ©
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
On the 17th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Sun Marina Beach, then kick back and relax at Diamond Beach, then get all the information you need at Michi-no-Eki Kyoda Yambaru Local Products Center, and finally explore the historical opulence of Katsuren Castle Ruins. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Busena Beach, then don't miss a visit to Onna Station Nakayukui Market, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Plan a trip to Onna-son easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Traveling by flight from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. July in Onna-son sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Nanjo.

Things to do in Onna-son

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Nago, Katsuren Castle Ruins
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Busena Beach ©
Busena Beach
Katsuren Castle Ruins ©
Katsuren Castle Ruins
Onna Station Nakayukui Market ©
Onna Station Nakayukui Market

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Nanjo

Nanjo ©
With a long Pacific coastline, Nanjo offers fantastic views of the ocean from high cliffs covered with lush greenery, as well as from its long sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Hyakuna Beach, then have some family-friendly fun at Okinawa World Culture Kingdom Gyokusendo, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Fish Center, and finally contemplate the long history of The Tower of Himeyuri. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Sefa-Utaki, delve into the distant past at Gushikawa Castle Ruins, pause for some photo ops at Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, then stop by Kakinohanahija, and finally don't miss a visit to Tamagusuku Castle Ruin.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, use the Nanjo trip app.

Traveling by car from Onna-son to Nanjo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In July in Nanjo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 32°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Nanjo

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Itoman, Hyakuna Beach
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 21:
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Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Sefa-Utaki ©
Sefa-Utaki
The Tower of Himeyuri ©
The Tower of Himeyuri

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nigatsu-do Temple and Koyasan Danjo Garan. Head to Dotombori District and Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Streetfor some retail therapy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Koya-cho (Koyasan Daimon, Mt. Koya, &more) and Nara (Nara Park & Todai-ji Temple). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, get a sense of history and politics at Mint Museum, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, and don't miss a visit to Ikuno Korea Town.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Nanjo to Osaka in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Osaka when traveling from Nanjo in July, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow time for the train ride to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Nara
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 25:
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Kanabiki Waterfall and Wakasa Wada Beach. Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Kaizu Osaki (in Takashima) and Amanohashidate View Land (in Miyazu). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, wander the streets of Gion, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto route planning site.

Take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Fuji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Miyazu, Kaizu Osaki, Wakasa Wada Beach, Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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Fuji

Fuji ©
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mishima Taisha, browse the different shops at Taisha-no-Mori Mishima, then browse the fresh offerings at Izu Muranoeki, and finally stroll around Iwamotoyama Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Wed): look for gifts at Kiosk at Mt. Minobu Ropeway and then make a trip to Mount Fuji.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Fuji visit planning app.

Take a train from Kyoto to Fuji in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Kyoto in July, you will find days in Fuji are a bit cooler (32°C), and nights are about the same (27°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Fuji

Parks · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Mishima, Minobu-cho, Mount Fuji
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 1:
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Mishima Taisha ©
Mishima Taisha
Kuon-ji Temple ©
Kuon-ji Temple

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