41 days in Japan Itinerary

41 days in Japan Itinerary

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Nagasaki
— 3 nights
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Kumamoto
— 2 nights
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Kagoshima
— 2 nights
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Beppu
— 2 nights
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Fukuoka
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Takayama
— 2 nights
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 9 nights
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Narusawa-mura
— 3 nights

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Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©

City of Peace

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then enjoy breathtaking views from Inasayama Observation Deck, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Takahama Beach. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Suwa Shrine, take an in-depth tour of 26 Martyrs Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Glover Garden, then admire the masterpieces at Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum, and finally wander the streets of Shinchi Chinatown.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki online travel planner.

Valletta, Malta to Nagasaki is an approximately 22-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Valletta to Nagasaki due to the time zone difference. In October, daytime highs in Nagasaki are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Find places to stay Oct 26 — 29:
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Suwa Shrine ©
Suwa Shrine
Shinchi Chinatown ©
Shinchi Chinatown

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Kumamoto

Kumamoto ©
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
On the 29th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Sakuranobaba Johsaien, admire the landmark architecture of Second Sight, then take in nature's colorful creations at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, and finally explore the historical opulence of Kumamoto Castle. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Okoshiki Beach, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Tetori Church.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kumamoto trip planner.

Getting from Nagasaki to Kumamoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Kumamoto are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Kato Shrine ©
Kato Shrine
Catholic Tetori Church ©
Catholic Tetori Church

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Kagoshima

Kagoshima ©

Naples of the East

Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
On the 31st (Thu), go for a walk through Sengan-en and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. Keep things going the next day: learn about all things military at Chiran Peace Museum, then contemplate the long history of Chiran Samurai Residence Garden, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Meiji Restoration, and finally explore the world behind art at Nagashima Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kagoshima holiday builder website.

You can take a train from Kumamoto to Kagoshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Kagoshima are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Beppu.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 2:
Highlights from your plan
Chiran Peace Museum ©
Chiran Peace Museum
Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en
Chiran Samurai Residence Garden ©
Chiran Samurai Residence Garden

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Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
On the 2nd (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Anrakuji Temple, take in the natural beauty of Hells of Beppu, then contemplate the long history of Kumano Magaibutsu, and finally contemplate the long history of Usajingu Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun): stop by Angel Kimono Rental Beppu, then explore the activities along Lake Kinrin, and then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Beppu trip planner.

Take a train from Kagoshima to Beppu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. November in Beppu sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Hells of Beppu ©
Hells of Beppu
Usajingu Shrine ©
Usajingu Shrine
Kumano Magaibutsu ©
Kumano Magaibutsu

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Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©

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.
On the 4th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Nijino Matsubara, then learn something new at Yoshinogari Historical Park, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nanzoin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamado Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazaifu Tenman-gu, then take an in-depth tour of Fukuoka City Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakozaki Shrine.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Fukuoka tour itinerary website.

Traveling by train from Beppu to Fukuoka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine
Nanzoin ©
Nanzoin
Yoshinogari Historical Park ©
Yoshinogari Historical Park

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Daishoin Temple and Senjokaku. Step off the beaten path and head to Itsukushima Shrine Torii and Mashikeitsukushima Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Kamoizumi Sake Brewery (in Higashihiroshima), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Mikasahama Beach, &more) and JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure). It doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and appreciate the history behind Peace Bell.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima online trip itinerary builder.

Take a train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku

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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.
Popular historic sites such as Kasuga Grand Shrine and Koyasan Danjo Garan are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Koyasan Okunoin and Niutsuhime Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Koya-cho (Kongobu-ji Temple, Torodo Temple, &more) and Nara (Nara Park & Todai-ji Temple). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, and take a stroll through Dotombori District.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka online holiday planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Osaka by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. November in Osaka sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 9 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Visit Kinkaku-ji and Ryoanji Temple for their historical value. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Gion, and don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Kyoto itinerary maker app.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 17:
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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Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, then admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hida Ichinomiya Mizunashi Shrine, and finally get your bearings at Takayama City Hall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Shirakabe Dozogai, examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, then examine the collection at Hida Great Limestone Cave and Ohashi Collection Kan Museum, then sample the tasty concoctions at Funasaka Shuzo Brewery, and finally stop by Sanmachi Suji.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Takayama road trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Takayama in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Spas · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum

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Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Natadera Temple, then make a trip to Suganuma Gassho Community, and finally visit Gokayama. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, then make a trip to Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by train from Takayama to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community
Gokayama ©
Gokayama
Ninja Temple ©
Ninja Temple

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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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Asakusa Shrine and Kencho-ji Temple. Popular historic sites such as Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) and Hozomon are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Kashima Jingu (in Kashima), Oyama Afuri Shrine (in Isehara) and Kamakura (Shugenji Temple, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, &more). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at teamLab☆Planets, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine, and get to know the fascinating history of Semba Boadwalk.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary maker website.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 11°C. On the 30th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Narusawa-mura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 21 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Engaku-ji Temple ©
Engaku-ji Temple

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Narusawa-mura

Narusawa-mura ©
A village at the foothills of Mt.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mt. Fuji 5th Station. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ando Residence and Tokueizan Myohoji Temple. Popular historic sites such as Shojyuzan Naisen-ji Temple and Ichinomiya Sengen Shrine are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Narusawa-mura: Hoju-in Temple (in Ichikawamisato-cho) and Himuro Shrine (in Fujikawa-cho). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Narusawa Mt. Fuji Museum, appreciate the history behind Japan's Highest Peak Fujisan Kengamine Monument, play a few rounds at Narusawa Golf Club, and make a trip to Narusawa's Tree Form Lava.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Narusawa-mura trip planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Narusawa-mura in 2 hours. When traveling from Tokyo in November, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Narusawa-mura: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 11°C at night. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Narusawa-mura

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Golf

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 3:
Highlights from your plan
Himuro Shrine ©
Himuro Shrine
Narusawa Mt. Fuji Museum ©
Narusawa Mt. Fuji Museum
Narusawa Golf Club ©
Narusawa Golf Club

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