41 days in Japan Itinerary

41 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

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Kamakura
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
Drive
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Nikko
— 6 nights
Train to Kita-Senju Station, Fly to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train
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Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 1 day
Drive
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Osaka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ise
— 5 nights
Train to Yamatoyagi, Taxi to Koya-cho
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Koya-cho
— 6 nights
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Kamakura

— 2 nights

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kannon Museum, Engaku-ji Temple and Eishoji Temple. Popular historic sites such as Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and Sasuke Inari Shrine are in your itinerary. Let the collections at Kamakura Museum of National Treasures and Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura Museum capture your imagination. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Morito Shrine, tour the pleasant surroundings at Daibutsukiritoshi, and make a trip to Kōtoku-in.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kamakura trip site.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Kamakura is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 7 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tel Aviv in September; daily highs in Kamakura reach 26°C and lows reach 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 3:

Tokyo

— 6 nights
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.
Fujiko F Fujio Museum and Nezu Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Madame Tussauds Tokyo and Nezu Shrine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Mt. Takao (in Hachioji) and Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum (in Koganei). There's lots more to do: have fun at teamLab☆Planets, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Jindai-ji Temple, and admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Western Art.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Kamakura to Tokyo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kamakura in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 3 — 9:

Nikko

— 6 nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Oya temple and Italian Embassy House Memorial Park. Museum-lovers will appreciate Tochigi Prefectural Museum and Kanaya Hotel History House. Venture out of the city with trips to Honda Collection Hall (in Motegi-machi), Furumine Shrine (in Kanuma) and Ryuka Waterfall (in Nasushiobara). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chuzenji, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yakushido, contemplate the long history of Nikko Futarasan Jinja Chugushi Shrine, and stroll through Odashirogahara.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Nikko online itinerary planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Nikko by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 25°C. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 9 — 15:

Hiroshima

— 4 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll explore and learn at JMSDF Kure Museum and Hiroshima Museum of Art. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mitaki Temple and Senjokaku. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Misen Wild Woods, &more) and Kure City Irifuneyama Memorial Hall (in Kure). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, appreciate the history behind Peace Flame, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and see the interesting displays at Mazda Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Nikko to Hiroshima in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 15 — 19:

Fukuoka

— 2 nights

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Miyajidake Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamado Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazaifu Tenman-gu, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenkai Inari Shrine, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mikasa River, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumiyoshi Shrine. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Fukuoka City Museum, contemplate the long history of Old Ito Denemon House, contemplate the long history of Nanzoin, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kashii-gu, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakozaki Shrine.

Before you visit Fukuoka, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and flight. September in Fukuoka sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 19 — 21:

Kyoto

— 4 nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Shimogamo Jinja. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and Kamigamo Shrine. Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Hiyoshi-Taisha Shrine in Otsu--about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishi Honganji, explore the activities along Kamogawa River, and steep yourself in history at Koryu-ji Temple.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner.

Getting from Fukuoka to Kyoto by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In September in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 21 — 25:

Nara

— 1 day

Ancient City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Naramachi Koshino Ie, then admire the striking features of Nara National Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally stroll around Nara Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Nara online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, daytime highs in Nara are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 26:

Osaka

— 3 nights
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.
Osaka Castle and Kobe Muslim Mosque will appeal to history buffs. Kawasaki Good Times World and Koshien History Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Kobe (Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki), &more) and Itami Sky Park (in Itami). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Hozenji Yokocho, examine the collection at Koyano Museum of Antique Main Building, and contemplate the long history of Tekijuku.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Another option is to take a train. September in Osaka sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Ise.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 25 — 28:

Ise

— 5 nights
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ise Shrine Geku and Futami Okitama Shrine. You'll explore and learn at Saiku Histrical Museum and Okageza. Change things up with these side-trips from Ise: Shima (Anorisaki Lighthouse & Izawanomiya), Tsubaki Grand Shrine (in Suzuka) and Tsu (Tsujo Ato & Senjuji Temple). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Oharai-machi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, contemplate the long history of Meotoiwa Front Approach, and step into the grandiose world of Tamaru Castle Ruin.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ise journey app.

Getting from Osaka to Ise by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Osaka in September, Ise is a bit warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 3:

Koya-cho

— 6 nights
Explore hidden gems such as Koyasan Okunoin and Koyasan Danjo Garan. You'll explore and learn at Koyasan Reihokan Museum and Kudoyama Sanada Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Koya-cho side-trips: Kudoyama-cho (Old Kayano Family House & Shori-ji Temple), Ruins of Takatori Castle (in Takatori-cho) and Katsuragi Highlands (in Gose).

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Koya-cho online attractions planner.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Ise to Koya-cho in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Koya-cho can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 3 — 9:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.