42 days in Japan Itinerary

42 days in Japan Itinerary

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42 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Honolulu, Oahu
Fly + Drive:  11​h
1
Urayasu
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Kawasaki
— 1 night
Train:  30​min
3
Yokohama
— 5 nights
Train + Bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Ito
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 30​min
6
Shimoda
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Izu
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
8
Numazu
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
9
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
10
Fujiyoshida
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
11
Nagoya
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
12
Koya-cho
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
13
Wakayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
14
Kushimoto-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
15
Shirahama-cho
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
16
Nara
— 1 night
Train:  1​h
17
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train:  30​min
18
Osaka
— 8 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Honolulu, Oahu

3
nights
Urayasu

Urayasu ©
A city lying on Tokyo Bay, Urayasu used to stand separate from the giant metropolis next door, but now, even though it belongs to another prefecture, it seems part of the capital.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): buy something for everyone on your list at Ikspiari and then look for gifts at Bon Voyage. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the magic at Tokyo DisneySea.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Urayasu attractions planner.

Honolulu, USA to Urayasu is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Honolulu to Urayasu is 19 hours. Traveling from Honolulu in September, you will find days in Urayasu are little chillier (79°F), and nights are about the same (73°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kawasaki.

Things to do in Urayasu

Theme Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Bon Voyage ©
Bon Voyage

1
night
Kawasaki

Kawasaki ©
Easily accessible via a 15-minute train ride from Tokyo, Kawasaki features a modern, industrialized waterfront, as well as a couple of quirky attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): shop like a local with Lazona Kawasaki Plaza, browse the different shops at Grandtree Musashikosugi, and then see the interesting displays at Nihon Minkaen Japan Open Air Folk House Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kawasaki road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Urayasu to Kawasaki takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Kawasaki sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Yokohama.

Things to do in Kawasaki

Shopping Museums
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Lazona Kawasaki Plaza ©
Lazona Kawasaki Plaza
Grandtree Musashikosugi ©
Grandtree Musashikosugi

5
nights
Yokohama

Yokohama ©
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mitsui Outlet Park Yokohama Bayside, Yokohama Hakurankan, Yokohama World Porters, and other attractions you added. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Sankeien Gardens, examine the collection at Cupnoodles Museum Yokohama, stroll around Yamashita Park, and find something for the whole family at Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Yokohama trip itinerary maker site .

Yokohama is just a stone's throw from Kawasaki. In September, daytime highs in Yokohama are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Yokohama

Shopping Parks Theme Parks
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 4:
Highlights from your plan
Minato Mirai 21 ©
Minato Mirai 21
Sankeien Gardens ©
Sankeien Gardens
Yokohama Chinatown ©
Yokohama Chinatown

3
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Hakone Ekiden Museum, Hakone Stone‐paved Road, Hakone Venetian Glass Museum, and other attractions. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley, stop by Owakudani Kurotamago Kan, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko).

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi trip builder .

You can do a combination of train and bus from Yokohama to Hakone-machi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Yokohama in October: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Ito.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Nature
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Lalique Museum Hakone ©
Lalique Museum Hakone
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)

1
night
Ito

Ito ©
Not too far from the capital, Ito has developed a reputation as a resort town, with a fair portion of its area lying within a national park.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): walk around Izu Shaboten Zoo, take in the dramatic natural features at Jogasaki Coast, and then snap pictures at Jogasaki Suspension Bridge.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ito trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Ito takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In October, Ito is somewhat warmer than Hakone-machi - with highs of 70°F and lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Shimoda.

Things to do in Ito

Parks Outdoors Trails
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Jogasaki Coast ©
Jogasaki Coast
Izu Shaboten Zoo ©
Izu Shaboten Zoo
Jogasaki Suspension Bridge ©
Jogasaki Suspension Bridge

1
night
Shimoda

Shimoda ©
On a trip to Shimoda, a small town nestled on the tip of the Izu peninsula, you can take advantage of the scenic sandy beaches and soak in the laid-back atmosphere.
On the 8th (Tue), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Shimoda Aquarium, stroll around Shimoda Park, and then don't miss a visit to Perry Road.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Shimoda trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by train from Ito to Shimoda takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Izu.

Things to do in Shimoda

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Shimoda Aquarium ©
Shimoda Aquarium
Perry Road ©
Perry Road
Shimoda Park ©
Shimoda Park

1
night
Izu

Izu ©
Izu sits in the center of the mountainous Izu Peninsula.
On the 9th (Wed), admire the sheer force of Joren Waterfall, then take in the pleasant sights at Chikurinnokomichi, and then stroll around Shuzenji Nijino Sato.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Izu online journey planner .

Getting from Shimoda to Izu by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. October in Izu sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Numazu.

Things to do in Izu

Parks Nature
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Shuzenji Nijino Sato ©
Shuzenji Nijino Sato
Joren Waterfall ©
Joren Waterfall
Chikurinnokomichi ©
Chikurinnokomichi

1
night
Numazu

Numazu ©
Numazu tourism focuses primarily on what lies just outside of the town, with the urban area providing a base for wider regional, natural explorations.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Rakujuen Park, walk around Shirataki Park, and then get to know the fascinating history of Gempeigawa River.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Numazu trip planning website .

Numazu is just a stone's throw from Izu. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in October, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Numazu

Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mishima
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Shirataki Park ©
Shirataki Park
Gempeigawa River ©
Gempeigawa River
Rakujuen Park ©
Rakujuen Park

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): explore the activities along Motosuko Lake, make a trip to Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba, then walk around Oishi Park, then take in the pleasant sights at Lake Kawaguchi, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Numazu to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Numazu in October, things will get slightly colder in Fujikawaguchiko-machi: highs are around 62°F and lows about 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Fujiyoshida.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Museums
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Oishi Park ©
Oishi Park
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba ©
Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba

1
night
Fujiyoshida

Fujiyoshida ©
A gateway to the volcano, Fujiyoshida sits in the shadow of a giant, and everything across the city seemingly points toward the iconic symbol of national pride, Mount Fuji.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fuji-Q Highland. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): get in on the family fun at Fuji-Q Highland.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Fujiyoshida tour builder .

Fujiyoshida is very close to Fujikawaguchiko-machi. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in October, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nagoya.

Things to do in Fujiyoshida

Theme Parks
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Fuji-Q Highland ©
Fuji-Q Highland

4
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Oasis 21. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagoya: Kuwana (Nabana no Sato & Nagashima Spa Land). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, enjoy breathtaking views from Nagoya TV Tower, and take a stroll through Sakae.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Nagoya trip planner .

You can drive from Fujiyoshida to Nagoya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Fujiyoshida in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Nagoya, with highs around 69°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Kuwana
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Garden ©
Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Garden
Tokugawa Art Museum ©
Tokugawa Art Museum

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hours
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
On the 17th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Tanizeno Tsuribashi.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Koya-cho trip maker .

Traveling by car from Nagoya to Koya-cho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. In October in Koya-cho, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Wakayama.
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Tanizeno Tsuribashi ©
Tanizeno Tsuribashi

2
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Wakayama

Wakayama ©
Split into two parts by the Kinokawa River, the city of Wakayama stands nestled in the eponymous plain, overlooked by a historic hilltop castle that was rebuilt after World War II.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Momijidani Garden and then explore the historical opulence of Wakayama Castle.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Wakayama road trip planning website .

Drive from Koya-cho to Wakayama in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in October, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kushimoto-cho.

Things to do in Wakayama

Theme Parks Shopping Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Porto Europe ©
Porto Europe
Wakayama Castle ©
Wakayama Castle
Momijidani Garden ©
Momijidani Garden

1
night
Kushimoto-cho

Kushimoto-cho ©
On the 19th (Sat), visit a coastal fixture at Kashinozaki Lighthouse and then take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kushimoto-cho trip app .

You can drive from Wakayama to Kushimoto-cho in 2.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Shirahama-cho.

Things to do in Kushimoto-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nachi Mitaki Falls
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Nachi Mitaki Falls ©
Nachi Mitaki Falls
Kashinozaki Lighthouse ©
Kashinozaki Lighthouse

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hours
Shirahama-cho

Shirahama-cho
A popular resort town with many hot springs and long, man-made white sand beaches, Shirahama-cho draws scores of tourists.
To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Shirahama-cho trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Kushimoto-cho to Shirahama-cho takes 1.5 hours. In October in Shirahama-cho, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 66°F at night. On the 20th (Sun), you're off toNara.

Things to do in Shirahama-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 21:

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Nara

Nara ©
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 20th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Isuien Garden, then stroll around Nara Park, then take an in-depth tour of Nara National Museum, and finally explore the activities along Saho River.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Nara trip planner.

Traveling by car from Shirahama-cho to Nara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Nara sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Saho River ©
Saho River
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Isuien Garden ©
Isuien Garden

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Toho Cinemas Nijo, NINJA VR KYOTO, Shinkyogoku Shopping District, and other attractions you added. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Kyoto Imperial Palace, wander the streets of Gion, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary planning tool .

You can take a train from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and subway. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Osaka Museum of History, Osaka Takoyaki Museum, Universal City Walk Osaka, and other attractions. Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, make a trip to Kuchu Teien Observatory, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and try out the rides at SpaWorld.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Osaka itinerary builder .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. In October in Osaka, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 59°F at night. You will leave for home on the 4th (Mon).

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Theme Parks Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 27 — Nov 4:
Highlights from your plan
Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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