43 days in Japan Itinerary

43 days in Japan Itinerary

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43 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Sendai
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
3
Aomori
— 6 nights
train:  5​h 30​min
4
Sapporo
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Hakodate
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Shizukuishi-cho
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Yamagata
— 3 nights
8
Niigata
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + train:  4​h
9
Nara
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
10
Wakayama
— 3 nights
train:  8​h 30​min
11
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
12
Tokyo
— 6 nights
train:  1​h
13
Narita
— 1 night
End: Narita

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Kyu Iwasaki-tei Teien, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner .

If you are flying in from Switzerland, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. August in Tokyo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Sendai.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum
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Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center ©
Hozomon ©
Hozomon

4
nights
Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Tashiro Island, Ishinomaki Manga Road, Matsushima Bay, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rinnoji Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsutsujigaoka Tenmangu. On your second day here, appreciate the views at Rairaikyo Gorge, then make a trip to Ishinomaki Manga Road, and then step off the mainland to explore Tashiro Island.

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

You can take a train from Tokyo to Sendai in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Tokyo in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Sendai: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Aomori.

Things to do in Sendai

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ishinomaki, Tsukihama Beach, Matsushima Bay
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Tashiro Island ©
Tashiro Island
Rinnoji Temple ©
Rinnoji Temple
Rairaikyo Gorge ©
Rairaikyo Gorge

6
nights
Aomori

Aomori ©
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
Get in touch with nature at Mt. Iwaki Lifts and Shirakami Sanchi. Step off the beaten path and head to Tachineputa No Yakata and Shayokan. Change things up with these side-trips from Aomori: Inakadatemura Buried Cultural Assets Center Yayoi Museum (in Inakadate-mura), Senjyojiki Beach (in Fukaura-machi) and Hirosaki (Saishoin Temple, Choshoji Temple, & more). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Tsutanonana Swamp, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, take in the natural beauty of Manjufukashi, and snap pictures at Jogakura Bridge.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Aomori attractions planner .

Take a train from Sendai to Aomori in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Sendai in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Aomori, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Aomori

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hirosaki, Towada, Goshogawara, Senjyojiki Beach, Inakadatemura Buried Cultural Assets Center Yayoi Museum
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Senjyojiki Beach ©
Senjyojiki Beach
Choshoji Temple ©
Choshoji Temple
Towada Shrine ©
Towada Shrine

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari Shrine and Sapporo St. Michael's Church. Step off the beaten path and head to Arte Piazza Bibai and Spas. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Sapporo Art Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sapporo Christ Church, steep yourself in history at Former Entomology Lab, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Soma Shrine.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Sapporo vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Aomori to Sapporo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. September in Sapporo sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 20°C at night. On the 12th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sapporo

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Spas, Arte Piazza Bibai
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 12:
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Sapporo Art Museum ©
Sapporo Art Museum
Arte Piazza Bibai ©
Arte Piazza Bibai
The Hokkaido University Museum ©
The Hokkaido University Museum

3
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.
Trappist Monasteries and St.John's Church Hakodate are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hotokegaura and Onuma Lake. Step out of Hakodate to go to Mori-machi and see Onsen Resorts, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Hakodate City Northern Pacific Fishery's Document Museum, steep yourself in history at Kyu Soma-tei, explore the ancient world of Ofune Iseki, and try your luck at Hakodate Horse Racetrack.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hakodate trip maker site .

Getting from Sapporo to Hakodate by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in September, and nighttime lows around 18°C. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Sun) before leaving for Shizukuishi-cho.

Things to do in Hakodate

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Onuma Lake, Trappist Monasteries, Hotokegaura, Onsen Resorts
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Onuma Lake ©
Onuma Lake
Kyu Soma-tei ©
Kyu Soma-tei
Hakodate Horse Racetrack ©
Hakodate Horse Racetrack

3
nights
Shizukuishi-cho

Shizukuishi-cho ©
On the 15th (Sun), stop by Shizukuishi Galaxy Station. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Omoide no Katabunko, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gozanoishi Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gozanoishi Shrine, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Akita Komagatake.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Shizukuishi-cho trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Hakodate to Shizukuishi-cho by car takes about 7 hours. September in Shizukuishi-cho sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Yamagata.

Things to do in Shizukuishi-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Semboku, Gozanoishi Shrine, Matagi Shiryokan, Onsen Resorts
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 18:
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Gozanoishi Shrine ©
Gozanoishi Shrine
Mt. Akita Komagatake ©
Mt. Akita Komagatake
Gozanoishi Shrine ©
Gozanoishi Shrine

3
nights
Yamagata

Yamagata ©
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
Yamadera Basho Memorial Hall has been added to your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kaikoji Temple and Hanitsu Shrine. Step off the beaten path and head to Tatsuzawa Fudo Falls and Thermal Spas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Yamagata: Yunohama Beach (in Tsuruoka), Mt. Katta (in Zao-machi) and Fukushima Race Course (in Fukushima). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Yamagata Museum of Art, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mutsukunugi Hachimangu, and engage your brain at Yamagata Museum of Science and Industry.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Yamagata trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Shizukuishi-cho to Yamagata in 3.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Yamagata can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Niigata.

Things to do in Yamagata

Fun & Games Casinos Museums

Side Trips

Inawashiro-machi, Fukushima Race Course, Mt. Katta
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 21:
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Fukushima Race Course ©
Fukushima Race Course
Hanitsu Shrine ©
Hanitsu Shrine
Tatsuzawa Fudo Falls ©
Tatsuzawa Fudo Falls

3
nights
Niigata

Niigata ©
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
Yahiko Shrine and Chokokuji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Sawada Beach and Sekiyahama Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Niigata: Daizen Shrine No Stage (in Sado) and Niigata Prefectural Museum of History (in Nagaoka). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Shirone Kite Museum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery, steep yourself in history at Enkinkan, and browse the exhibits of Nigata City Manga no Ie.

To find out how to plan a trip to Niigata, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Yamagata to Niigata in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Niigata can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Nara.

Things to do in Niigata

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Sado, Niigata Prefectural Museum of History, Yahiko Shrine
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 24:
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Niigata Niitsu Railway Museum ©
Niigata Niitsu Railway Museum
Daizen Shrine No Stage ©
Daizen Shrine No Stage
Yahiko Shrine ©
Yahiko Shrine

3
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Gotemba Beach and Horyu-ji Temple. Take a break from the city and head to Akame Shijuhachi Waterfall and Rokuen. Change things up with a short trip to Itsukinomiya Hall for Historical Experience in Meiwa-cho (about 2 hours away). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodaiji Temple, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take an in-depth tour of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, and admire the landmark architecture of Nara National Museum.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Nara trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Niigata to Nara takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Niigata in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Nara: highs are around 33°C and lows about 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Wakayama.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Horyu-ji Temple, Itsukinomiya Hall for Historical Experience, Akame Shijuhachi Waterfall, Gotemba Beach
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 27:
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Rokuen ©
Rokuen
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple

3
nights
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.
Popular historic sites such as Kii Fudoki No Oka Museum of Archaeology and Folklore and Kongosanmaiin are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tannowa Beach and Rokkaku Kyozo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wakayama: Koya-cho (Torodo Temple & Kumagai-ji Temple). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Kao Eco Lab Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Itakiso Shrine, get great views at Cape Saikazaki, and visit a coastal fixture at Saikazaki Lighthouse.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Wakayama trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Nara to Wakayama takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Wakayama are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Wakayama

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Tannowa Beach
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 30:
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Kongosanmaiin ©
Kongosanmaiin
Itakiso Shrine ©
Itakiso Shrine

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Sankodai, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fuji Omuro Sengen Shrine, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Ide Sake Brewery, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Kawaguchiko Muse Museum, Atae Yuki Bldg.. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Yamanashi Prefectural Museum Kajiam, then look for all kinds of wild species at Fuefuki Togenkyo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Daiszenji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Wakayama to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or take a train. While traveling from Wakayama, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Wildlife Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Fuefuki, Daiszenji Temple
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 2:
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Ide Sake Brewery ©
Ide Sake Brewery
Daiszenji Temple ©
Daiszenji Temple
Yamanashi Prefectural Museum Kajiam ©

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Let the collections at Memorial Warships Mikasa and Nihon Minkaen Japan Open Air Folk House Museum capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT and teamLab Borderless. Venture out of the city with trips to Enoshima Sea Candle (in Fujisawa), Hojo Beach (in Tateyama) and Yokosuka Museum of Art (in Yokosuka). Explore Tokyo further: look for all kinds of wild species at Koajiro Forest, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ikegami Hommon-ji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Kyu Fukukawa Teien, and see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Tokyo.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tokyo online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in October, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (26°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Narita.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Yokosuka, Enoshima Sea Candle, Takahata Fudoson Kongo-ji Temple, Samukawa Shrine, Hojo Beach
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 8:
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21 21 DESIGN SIGHT ©
21 21 DESIGN SIGHT
Fire Museum ©
Fire Museum
Samukawa Shrine ©
Samukawa Shrine

1
night
Narita

Narita ©
Pilgrims and aviators come to Narita, a town known during the Edo period for its temple, and now known primarily for its airport.
For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Narita trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Tokyo to Narita in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Narita sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Narita

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

National Museum of Japanese History
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National Museum of Japanese History ©
Makata Shrine ©
Makata Shrine

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