41 days in Japan Itinerary

41 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Lisbon
Fly:  20 h 15 min
1
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
2
Hakodate
— 2 nights
Train:  5 h
3
Semboku
— 1 night
Train:  3 h
4
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
6
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  45 min
7
Himeji
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h
8
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
9
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
10
Tsushima
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
11
Iki
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
12
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  20 h 45 min
End: Lisbon

2
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tomioka Catholic Church, stroll through Otaru Canal, steep yourself in history at The Site of Temiya Line, thenfly down the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokkaido Jingu. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, thenstroll around Odori Park, thentry to win big at Sapporo Racecourse, and finally take some stellar pictures from Sapporo TV Tower.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Sapporo holiday app.

Lisbon, Portugal to Sapporo is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Traveling from Lisbon to Sapporo, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lisbon in August, you will find days in Sapporo are a bit cooler (27°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (25°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sapporo

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Otaru
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Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower
Hokkaido Jingu ©
Hokkaido Jingu
Okurayama Lookout ©
Okurayama Lookout

2
nights
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, make a trip to Hachimanzaka, take a stroll through Motomachi, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Hakodate Orthodox Church, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: try your luck at Hakodate Horse Racetrack, enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Goryokaku Park, thensteep yourself in history at Goryokaku Dozo, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Trappistine Monasteries, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakodate Morning Market.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hakodate visit planner.

Getting from Sapporo to Hakodate by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Semboku.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park

1
night
Semboku

Semboku
Established in 2005 by the merging of several towns and villages, Semboku boasts an Old Japan atmosphere, punctuated by traditional onsen resorts, old samurai houses, and weeping cherry trees.
On the 27th (Fri), explore the activities along Lake Tazawa, get engrossed in the history at Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, stop by Ando Brewery Kajoan, get engrossed in the history at Ishiguro Samurai House, thenget to know the fascinating history of Samurai District, and finally get engrossed in the history at Kakunodate Samurai House Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Akita Komagatake, admire the verdant scenery at Dakigaeri Valley, thenexplore the activities along Amida Pond, thensoak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gozanoishi Shrine.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Semboku sightseeing planner.

Take a train from Hakodate to Semboku in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or fly. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakodate in August: highs in Semboku hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Semboku

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Lake Tazawa
Lake Tazawa
Samurai District ©
Samurai District
Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum ©
Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum

5
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.
Visit Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo Central Railway Station for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Odaiba District and Akihabara. Next up on the itinerary: visit Ginza, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, and take a stroll through Asakusa.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip website.

You can take a train from Semboku to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Semboku in August, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
Find places to stay Aug 28 — Sep 2:
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District

5
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.
Get outdoors at Mount Fuji and Goryuno Falls. Get some historical perspective at Matsumoto Castle and Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Hakone-machi (Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), The Hakone Open-Air Museum, &more) and Matsumoto (Nakamachi Street, Nawate Shopping District, &more). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi, admire the masterpieces at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, examine the collection at Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Fujikawaguchiko-machi day trip app.

Drive from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in September, expect nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are little chillier, around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Matsumoto, Mount Fuji, Goryuno Falls
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

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.
Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Gion. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Nara (Todai-ji Temple, Nara Park, &more). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Arashiyama, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Kyoto in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or fly. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Nara, Osaka
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 12:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

5
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.
Get some historical perspective at Himeji Castle and Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter. Get some cultural insight at Ohara Museum of Art and Kobe Harborland. Change things up with these side-trips from Himeji: Akashi (Amore Beach & Matsue Swimming Beach), Kurashiki (Japanese Rural Toy Museum & Yurinso) and Kobe (Kawasaki Good Times World & Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Tottori Sand Dunes, contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and head outdoors with Mt Shosha hiking.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Himeji route builder tool.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Tottori, Kurashiki, Kobe, Akashi
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter ©
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art

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.
Get outdoors at Miyajima and Mikasahama Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and Hiroshima Castle. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, appreciate the history behind Monument of the Atomic Bomb Sacrifice Hiroshima, and examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

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

Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

2
nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka
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 22nd (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenkai Inari Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Tenman-gu, take in nature's colorful creations at Komyozen-ji Temple, kick back and relax at Nijino Matsubara, thentake in panoramic vistas at Fukuoka Tower, and finally stroll around Ohori Park. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tochoji Temple, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, thenstop by Nakasu District, and finally browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka tour website.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September in Fukuoka, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Tsushima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Dazaifu, Nijino Matsubara
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Komyozen-ji Temple ©
Komyozen-ji Temple
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine

2
nights
Tsushima

Tsushima ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Toyo Battery Trace, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Miuda Beach, and then don't miss a visit to Kankoku Lookout. Keep things going the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Eboshidake Observatory, take in the spiritual surroundings of Watatsumi Shrine, go for a walk through Shinwanosato Natural Park, thenexplore the historical opulence of Kaneishi Castle Ruins, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Banshoin.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tsushima itinerary planner.

You can drive from Fukuoka to Tsushima in 3 hours. Traveling from Fukuoka in September, you will find days in Tsushima are a bit cooler (28°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Iki.

Things to do in Tsushima

Parks Historic Sites Beaches
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Shinwanosato Natural Park ©
Shinwanosato Natural Park
Watatsumi Shrine ©
Watatsumi Shrine
Kaneishi Castle Ruins ©
Kaneishi Castle Ruins

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Iki

Iki ©
On the 26th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Nishikihama Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Tsutsukihama Beach, examine the collection at Iki City Ikikoku Museum, step off the mainland to explore Ikijima, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiyomi Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kunikatanushi Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ondake Shirine, thenhead outdoors with Tatsunoshima Island Beach, thentake in the dramatic natural features at Saruiwa, and finally contemplate the long history of Kurosaki Fort Site.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Iki online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Tsushima to Iki by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Iki

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Saruiwa ©
Saruiwa
Ondake Shirine ©
Ondake Shirine

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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple, take a stroll through Shinchi Chinatown, admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, see the interesting displays at Dejima, thentake an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Nagasaki Peace Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): kick back and relax at Takahama Beach, thenhead off the coast to Hashima Island, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ōura Church.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Nagasaki trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Iki to Nagasaki in 4 hours. Traveling from Iki in September, you will find days in Nagasaki are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 30:
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

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