42 days in Japan Itinerary

42 days in Japan Itinerary

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42 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
2
Toyama
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
3
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train:  30​min
5
Kobe
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
6
Osaka
— 5 nights
train:  30​min
7
Nara
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
8
Nagoya
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
9
Hamamatsu
— 2 nights
10
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
11
Tokyo
— 5 nights
End: Tokyo

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Asakusa Shrine and Kencho-ji Temple. Visit Sensō-ji and Nezu Shrine for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), & more), Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama) and Kawasaki (Fujiko F Fujio Museum & Nihon Minkaen Japan Open Air Folk House Museum). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Ueno, steep yourself in history at Naritasan Omote Sando, explore the engaging exhibits at KidZania Tokyo, and explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo visit planner.

If you are flying in from Israel, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. September in Tokyo sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Toyama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Kawasaki, Fuchu, Katori, Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 12:
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji

2
nights
Toyama

Toyama ©
The center of Japan's pharmaceutical industry, the city of Toyama draws visitors with its scenic surroundings overlooked by the Japan Alps.
On the 13th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Toyama Glass Art Museum, admire the masterpieces at Hokugin Galerie Millet, then admire the masterpieces at Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design, and finally examine the collection at Rakusuitei Art Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Toyama Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Toyama Gokoku Shrine, and then examine the collection at THE SUIBOKU MUSEUM, TOYAMA.

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Getting from Tokyo to Toyama by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Toyama

Museums Historic Sites
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Toyama Glass Art Museum ©
Toyama Glass Art Museum
Toyama Gokoku Shrine ©
Toyama Gokoku Shrine

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ainokura Gassho Community and Suganuma Gassho Community. Gokayama and Natadera Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Maruoka Castle (in Sakai) and Shirakawa-mura (Kanda house & Shirakawago). The adventure continues: examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and buy something for everyone on your list at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa attractions website .

Kanazawa is just a short distance from Toyama. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Nanto, Shirakawa-mura, Maruoka Castle, Natadera Temple
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 17:
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Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Gokayama ©
Gokayama
Kanda house ©
Kanda house

6
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kifune Shrine and Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki). Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nishi Honganji and Ninna-ji Temple. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Mt. Kurama, take a stroll through Pontocho, and get to know the fascinating history of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kyoto day trip planning app .

Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Otsu
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 23:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Ninna-ji Temple ©
Ninna-ji Temple

3
nights
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): shop like a local with Chinatown (Nankinmachi). Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kobe Muslim Mosque, see the interesting displays at Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, take an in-depth tour of Mukashi No Sakagura Sawa No Tsuru Shiryokan, see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, then see the interesting displays at UCC Coffee Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Kiku-Masamune Shuzo Kinenkan.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kobe trip itinerary maker app .

Kobe is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Amore Beach
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:
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Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum ©
Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum
UCC Coffee Museum ©
UCC Coffee Museum
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum ©
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum

5
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Koyasan Danjo Garan and Hozenji Yokocho. Do some cultural sightseeing at Dotonbori and Kids Plaza Osaka. Venture out of the city with trips to Koya-cho (Koyasan Daishi Kyokai, Eko-in Temple, & more), Niutsuhime Shrine (in Katsuragi-cho) and Katsuo-ji Temple (in Mino). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, look for gifts at Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishikiri Tsurugi Shrine, and see the interesting displays at Modern Transportation Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Osaka trip itinerary planner .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kobe. In September, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Tue) before leaving for Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Niutsuhime Shrine, Ishikiri Tsurugi Shrine, National Museum of Ethnology, Katsuo-ji Temple
Find places to stay Sep 26 — Oct 1:
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Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

4
nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Hase-dera Temple and Nigatsu-do Temple. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Toshodaiji Temple and Omiwa Shrine. When in Nara, make a side trip to see Horyu-ji Temple in Ikaruga-cho, approximately 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Yakushi-ji Temple, browse the exhibits of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Yoshikien.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nara tour itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Another option is to drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 20°C. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Nagoya.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

Sakurai, Joruri Temple, Horyu-ji Temple, Yakushiji
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Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Toshodaiji Temple ©
Toshodaiji Temple
Omiwa Shrine ©
Omiwa Shrine

3
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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Atsuta Jingu Shrine and Sakae. Museum-lovers will get to explore Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology and Furukawa Art Museum. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Osu Shopping Street, explore the world behind art at The Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art, examine the collection at Nagoya Shisei Shiryokan, and browse the different shops at Shopping Avenue Esca.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Nagoya trip planner .

Traveling by car from Nara to Nagoya takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Nara in October, plan for slightly colder days in Nagoya, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Hamamatsu.

Things to do in Nagoya

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods
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Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Osu Shopping Street ©
Osu Shopping Street

2
nights
Hamamatsu

Hamamatsu
An important industrial hub with a sizable immigrant population from South America, Hamamatsu has developed a taste for international cuisine and arts.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Ryoun-ji Temple, learn about all things military at Hamamatsu Air Park, steep yourself in history at Kiga Station, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokoji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Okuni Jinja Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Bentenjima Beach, stop by Irikawaya, Mikkabi Honten, and then get a new perspective on nature at Toyohashi Museum of Natural History.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hamamatsu online journey planner .

You can take a train from Nagoya to Hamamatsu in an hour. Another option is to drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Hamamatsu

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Toyohashi Museum of Natural History, Okuni Jinja Shrine
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 10:
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Hamamatsu Air Park
Hamamatsu Air Park
Okuni Jinja Shrine ©
Okuni Jinja Shrine

2
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.
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu and Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Hakone Museum of Art and Narukawa Art Museum. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Lalique Museum Hakone, trek along Hakone Stone‐paved Road, admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko).

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hakone-machi trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Hamamatsu to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Hamamatsu in October, with highs in Hakone-machi at 19°C and lows at 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 12:
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Okada Museum of Art ©
Okada Museum of Art
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
Hakone Museum of Art ©
Hakone Museum of Art

5
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your inner history buff will appreciate Tokyo National Museum and Hozomon. The Railway Museum and 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Hikawa Shrine (in Omiya), Oyama Rice Terraces (in Kamogawa) and Kamakura (Ugafuku Shrine ( Goddess of Money Washing) & Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)). See some other sides of Tokyo: wander the streets of Yanaka, contemplate the long history of Hie Jinjya, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Tokyo, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Kokyo Gaien National Garden.

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Take a train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in October, you will find days in Tokyo are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Saitama, Oyama Rice Terraces
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
The Railway Museum ©
The Railway Museum
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)

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