41 days in Japan Itinerary

41 days in Japan Itinerary

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41 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Lahore
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  6​h
2
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
3
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
4
Himeji
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
5
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Nikko
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
9
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Lahore

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.
Go for a jaunt from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima to see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours about 1h 55 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, and walk around Kabira Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki trip itinerary planner.

Lahore, Pakistan to Ishigaki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Lahore to Ishigaki. When traveling from Lahore in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Ishigaki, with highs around 34°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 26:
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

3
nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Get out of town with these interesting Nagasaki side-trips: Sasebo (Huis Ten Bosch & Mt. Yumihari). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sofukuji Temple, step off the mainland to explore Hashima Island, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki driving holiday planning website .

Getting from Ishigaki to Nagasaki by combination of flight and train takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Ishigaki in October, with highs in Nagasaki at 28°C and lows at 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sasebo, Nagao Castle Park
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Mt. Misen (in Miyajima), Kurashiki (Ohara Museum of Art, Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, & more) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, and steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima journey maker website .

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Kurashiki, Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 2:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

3
nights
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.
Explore Himeji's surroundings by going to Asago (Awaga Shrine & Takeda Castle Ruins), Bizen (Hattoji Furusatomura & Irigyogyo Kyodo Kumiai Manaichi) and Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Himeji Castle, stroll around Nishiharima Observatory Park, and take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Himeji trip planner .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, daytime highs in Himeji are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Asago, Bizen, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Nishiharima Observatory Park
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Osaka (Osaka Castle & Dotonbori) and Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, and wander the streets of Gion.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planning site .

Take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

5
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Takayama (Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, Takayama Jinya, & more), Noguchi Naohiko Sake Institute (in Komatsu) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, cruise along Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and steep yourself in history at Higashichaya Old Town.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in November, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Takayama, Tateyama-machi, Shirakawa-mura, Noguchi Naohiko Sake Institute
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

4
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Explore Fujikawaguchiko-machi's surroundings by going to Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine (in Fujinomiya), Hakone-machi (Hakone Ropeway, Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), & more) and Matsumoto Castle (in Matsumoto). There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, see the interesting displays at Ikeda museum of 20th century art, and stroll through Lake Kawaguchi.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Kanazawa in November, expect nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are slightly colder, around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Mount Fuji, Matsumoto Castle, Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, Ikeda museum of 20th century art
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nikko: Kinu Green Park (in Takanezawa-machi), Katashina-mura (Tennozakura & Shigehachi) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Minakami-machi). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, take in the dramatic scenery at Yudaki Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chuzenji, and take in the pleasant sights at Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Nikko route planner.

Getting from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Nikko by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In November in Nikko, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Adventure

Side Trips

Daigo-machi, Katashina-mura, Nikko National Park, Kinu Green Park, River Rafting & Tubing
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Nikko National Park ©
Nikko National Park
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

6
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 30 minutes away). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo day trip site .

You can take a train from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Nikko in November, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 11°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings ©

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