41 days in Japan Itinerary

41 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
2
Hirosaki
— 3 nights
3
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
6
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
7
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
8
Motobu-cho
— 3 nights
9
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
10
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
11
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
12
Osaka
— 5 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Chidorigafuchi and Zojo-ji Temple. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and walk around Hama Rikyu Gardens.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Billund, Denmark to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Billund in April: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around °C and lows are around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
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owlcafe akibafukurou ©
owlcafe akibafukurou
Chidorigafuchi ©
Chidorigafuchi
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

3
nights
Hirosaki

Hirosaki ©
A center of political power during the feudal era, Hirosaki today stands as a hub of culture and history in the north of the island.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hirosaki Park and Hakkoda Mountains. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hirosaki: Aomori (Sannai-Maruyama Site, Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, &more) and Tsuruta-machi (Fujimi Lake Park & Tsurunomai Bridge). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Hirosaki Castle, admire the striking features of Kuroishi Fire Brigade 3rd Minute Fire Station, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Iwaki, and admire the natural beauty at Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hirosaki trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Hirosaki takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tokyo in April, with highs in Hirosaki at °C and lows at °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Aomori, Tsuruta-machi, Hakkoda Mountains, Saruka Shrine, Kuroishi Fire Brigade 3rd Minute Fire Station
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 24:
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Hirosaki Park ©
Hirosaki Park
Hirosaki Castle ©
Hirosaki Castle
Mt. Iwaki ©
Mt. Iwaki

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route and Higashiyama Walking Course. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Gokayama (in Nanto), Takayama (Wine Tours & Tastings & Takayama Jinya) and Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Tenshukakau Observatory, &more). There's much more to do: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station, admire the landmark architecture of Tsuzumi Gate, and step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Hirosaki to Kanazawa takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hirosaki in April: high temperatures in Kanazawa hover around °C and lows are around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Gokayama, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 28:
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route ©
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Wine Tours & Tastings

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nanzen-ji Temple and Haradanien. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, go for a walk through Philosopher's Walk, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 2:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore hidden gems such as Shukkei-en Garden and Peace Bell. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Daishoin Temple, &more). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Peace Flame, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, and contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima journey planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Hiroshima sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kintaikyo Bridge
Find places to stay May 2 — 5:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Shukkei-en Garden ©
Shukkei-en Garden
Peace Bell ©
Peace Bell

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): go for a walk through Amano Yasugawara, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, thentake in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Shirakawa Springs, take in the pleasant sights at Takachihokyo Passage, and then take in the awesome beauty at Kunimigaoka.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Takachiho-cho online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Hiroshima to Takachiho-cho takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Takachiho-cho, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Shirakawa Springs
Find places to stay May 5 — 7:
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Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara

2
nights
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.
On the 8th (Sat), make a trip to Wilson Stump, thenmake a trip to Jōmon Sugi, thentake in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and finally make a trip to Taikoiwa. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Yakusugi Land.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho day trip planning site.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho in 8 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi, train, and ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Yakushima-cho can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Trails
Find places to stay May 7 — 9:
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Taikoiwa ©
Taikoiwa

3
nights
Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park and Scuba & Snorkeling. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Motobu-cho: Busena Beach (in Nago) and Onna-son (Onna Station Nakayukui Market & Cape Maeda). The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, steep yourself in history at Nakijin Castle Ruins, admire the natural beauty at Tropical Dream Center, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Motobu-cho travel planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Yakushima-cho to Motobu-cho takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Yakushima-cho in May since evenings lows in Motobu-cho dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Onna-son, Busena Beach, Nakijin Castle Ruins
Find places to stay May 9 — 12:
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Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park ©
Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park
Scuba & Snorkeling
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road ©
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): head off the coast to Barasu Island, thenget outside with Hoshisuna Beach, thenhead off the coast to Iriomote Island, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Iriomote-jima trip planner.

Getting from Motobu-cho to Iriomote-jima by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Traveling from Motobu-cho in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Iriomote-jima, with lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay May 12 — 14:
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Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Barasu Island ©
Barasu Island
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

4
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Kondoi Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Ubutaki Lookouts in Kohama-jima (about 1h 10 min away). There's lots more to do: stroll around Banna Park, head outdoors with Yonehara Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, and stop by Yurateiku Market.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip itinerary planner.

Ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in May, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Island Countryside Settlement, Ubutaki Lookouts
Find places to stay May 14 — 18:
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing
Banna Park ©
Banna Park

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ikema Ohashi Bridge and Yabiji. There's much more to do: head off the coast to Shimojiiima Island, enjoy breathtaking views from Makiyama Observatory, take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, and kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in May, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay May 18 — 21:
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Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Ikema Ohashi Bridge ©
Ikema Ohashi Bridge
Shimojiiima Island ©
Shimojiiima Island

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Koyasan Okunoin and Kasuga Grand Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nara Park (in Nara), Koya-cho (Kodai-in Temple & Mt. Koya) and Himeji (Koko-en, Himeji Castle, &more). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and admire the sheer force of Gyoja no Taki.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka trip builder site.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Osaka in 4.5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Miyakojima in May; daily highs in Osaka reach °C and lows reach °C. On the 26th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Himeji, Nara, Gyoja no Taki
Find places to stay May 21 — 26:
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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