44 days in Japan Itinerary

44 days in Japan Itinerary

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44 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Osaka
train:  1​h 15​min
1
Nagoya
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Shizuoka
— 13 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Fuji
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Fujinomiya
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Gotemba
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Matsumoto
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
7
Nagano
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Wajima
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Nanao
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
Fukui
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
12
Wakasa-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
13
Numazu
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
14
Nagiso-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
15
Kuwana
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
End: Osaka

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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Inuyama Castle, then examine the collection at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, and then take a stroll through Osu Shopping Street.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Nagoya online route builder .

Osaka to Nagoya is an approximately 1.5-hour train ride. You can also drive. Traveling from Osaka in September, you will find days in Nagoya are little chillier (29°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Shizuoka.

Things to do in Nagoya

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Museums

Side Trip

Inuyama Castle
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 7:
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Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

13
nights
Shizuoka

Shizuoka ©
With its upmarket shopping districts and scenic coastal landscape, Shizuoka stands as the main urban area of a province often referred to as Japan's riviera.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Shizuoka: Kakegawa (Kakegawa Castle, Takenomaru, & more), Hamamatsu (Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments, Hamamatsu Castle Tower Gate, & more) and Fukuroi (Kasuisai Temple & Hattasan Soneiji Temple). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kunozan Toshogu Shrine, get to know the resident critters at Nihondaira Zoo, take in the pleasant sights at Shimogurinosato, and explore the world behind art at Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Shizuoka day trip planning tool .

Getting from Nagoya to Shizuoka by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. September in Shizuoka sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Fuji.

Things to do in Shizuoka

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hamamatsu, Kakegawa, Shimada, Fujieda, Yaizu
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 20:
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Kunozan Toshogu Shrine ©
Kunozan Toshogu Shrine
Hamamatsu Air Park
Hamamatsu Air Park

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Fuji

Fuji ©
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Odana Falls, walk around Mount Fuji Children's World, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On your second day here, get outside with Fujigawa Service Area - Inbound, walk around Iwamotoyama Park, and then get great views at Obuchi Sasaba.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Fuji trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Shizuoka to Fuji takes an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Fujinomiya.

Things to do in Fuji

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 22:
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Mount Fuji Children's World ©
Mount Fuji Children's World
Obuchi Sasaba ©
Obuchi Sasaba

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nights
Fujinomiya

Fujinomiya ©
Sitting on the southwest slopes of Mount Fuji, Fujinomiya makes a popular starting point for climbing trips to the famous mountain's summit.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): admire the sheer force of Shiraito Falls, then steep yourself in history at Grave of Nichirenshoto Gosoan, then take in the pleasant sights at Kuon-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine. On the next day, see the interesting displays at The Kiseki Museum of World Stones, get a taste of life in the country at Makaino Farm, then explore the activities along Lake Tanuki, and finally don't miss a visit to Milk Land Co., Ltd..

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Fujinomiya trip itinerary builder app .

Fujinomiya is just a stone's throw from Fuji. In September in Fujinomiya, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Gotemba.

Things to do in Fujinomiya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Minobu-cho
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 25:
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Shiraito Falls ©
Shiraito Falls
Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine ©
Kuon-ji Temple ©
Kuon-ji Temple

1
night
Gotemba

Gotemba ©
Trips to Gotemba, a city at the foot of Mount Fuji, offer plenty of opportunities to admire Japan's most famous natural feature.
On the 25th (Wed), stroll around Fuji Bussharito Heiwa Park, then walk around Chichibunomiya Memorial Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at Gotemba Kogen Toki no Sumika, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Fujisan Juku no Mori, then take in nature's colorful creations at Toraya Factory, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Kirin Distillery Fuji, and finally get some fabulous bargains at Gotemba Premium Outlets.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Gotemba trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Fujinomiya to Gotemba takes an hour. When traveling from Fujinomiya in September, plan for slightly colder days in Gotemba, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Gotemba

Parks Shopping Baths
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Chichibunomiya Memorial Park ©
Chichibunomiya Memorial Park
Gotemba Premium Outlets ©
Gotemba Premium Outlets
Onsen Resorts

2
nights
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, wander the streets of Nawate Shopping District, see the interesting displays at Japan Radio Museum, step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, then admire the masterpieces at Matsumoto City Museum of Art, and finally wander the streets of Nakamachi Street. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Kaichi Gakko Primary School, relax in the rural setting at Daio Wasabi Farm, then snap pictures at Kappa Bashi, and finally explore the activities along Taisho Pond.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Matsumoto visit planner .

Traveling by car from Gotemba to Matsumoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Matsumoto are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can take a train to Nagano.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trip

Daio Wasabi Farm
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Taisho Pond ©
Taisho Pond
Kappa Bashi ©
Kappa Bashi

2
nights
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Iizuna Highlands Oyachi Marsh, explore the activities along Lake Kagami, take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha, then don't miss a visit to Togakushi Shrine Chusha, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Matsushiro and then step into the grandiose world of Uedajo Castle.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Nagano holiday maker website .

Getting from Matsumoto to Nagano by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In September in Nagano, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Wajima.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Ueda Castle
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Zenko-ji Temple ©
Zenko-ji Temple
Togakushi Shrine Chusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Chusha

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Wajima

Wajima ©
Situated in the isolated north of the hilly Noto Peninsula, Wajima attracts visitors with its many museums, festivals, and shops that showcase its rich cultural heritage.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): head off the coast to Mitsukejima Island, then make a trip to Shiroyone Semmaida, then see the interesting displays at Wajima Kiriko Art Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Daihonzan Soujiji Soin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Noto Peninsula, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hachigasaki Beach, then steep yourself in history at Okunoto Salt Farm Village, and finally contemplate the long history of Shimo Tokikuni House.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Wajima online tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Nagano to Wajima takes 5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Wajima are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Nanao.

Things to do in Wajima

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Suzu, Noto Peninsula
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 2:
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Mitsukejima Island ©
Mitsukejima Island
Shiroyone Semmaida ©
Shiroyone Semmaida
Wajima Kiriko Art Museum ©
Wajima Kiriko Art Museum

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Nanao

Nanao ©
Located in the heart of Noto Peninsula, Nanao offers tourists a laid-back getaway and scenic nature spots.
On the 3rd (Thu), snap pictures at Notojima Ohashi, explore the world behind art at Notojima Glass Art Museum, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Notojima Aquarium, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Bessyodake Sky Deck Noto Yume Terrace, take in the views from Twin Bridge Noto, then step off the mainland to explore Notojima, then don't miss a visit to Yubinsha Oyu 10, and finally contemplate the long history of Nanao Castle Remains.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Nanao trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Wajima to Nanao takes 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nanao

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Notojima Aquarium ©
Notojima Aquarium
Notojima ©
Notojima
Nanao Castle Ruins ©
Nanao Castle Ruins

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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.
On the 5th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, then step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. On your second day here, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, don't miss a visit to Tsuzumi Gate, then admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, then wander the streets of Nagamachi District, and finally contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa travel route planner .

Getting from Nanao to Kanazawa by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Fukui.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 6:
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

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Fukui

Fukui ©
Fukui is the capital city of Fukui Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Fukui Castle Ruins, don't miss a visit to Dinosaur Station at Fukui Station, admire the natural beauty at Yokokan Garden, then contemplate the long history of Ichijodani Asakurashi Ruin, and finally contemplate the long history of Suwa Yakata Remains Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Maruoka Castle, appreciate the views at Kakusenkei Gorge, then see the interesting displays at Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Fukui trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Kanazawa to Fukui in 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Fukui are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Wakasa-cho.

Things to do in Fukui

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kakusenkei Gorge, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Maruoka Castle, Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Ichijodani Asakurashi Ruin ©
Ichijodani Asakurashi Ruin
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple

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Wakasa-cho

Wakasa-cho
On the 9th (Wed), admire the sheer force of Uriwarinotaki Fall, then steep yourself in history at Kumagawashuku, then walk around Rainbow Line Mountain Peak Park, and finally gain insight at Fukui Prefectural Seashore Nature Center.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Wakasa-cho online holiday planner .

Getting from Fukui to Wakasa-cho by car takes about 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Numazu.

Things to do in Wakasa-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mishima Skywalk (in Mishima) and Joren Waterfall (in Izu). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Ita Beach, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Izu Mito Sea Paradise, get engrossed in the history at Mishima Taisha Homotsukan, and make a trip to Osezaki.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Numazu day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Wakasa-cho to Numazu in 5 hours. In October in Numazu, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Nagiso-machi.

Things to do in Numazu

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Beaches

Side Trips

Mishima, Joren Waterfall
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 13:
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Numazu Port ©
Numazu Port
Joren Waterfall ©
Joren Waterfall
Osezaki ©
Osezaki

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Nagiso-machi

Nagiso-machi ©
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nakasendo Walking Trail, Tsumagojuku, trek along Nakasendo Walking Trail, and then make a trip to Tsumagojuku.

To find out how to plan a trip to Nagiso-machi, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Numazu to Nagiso-machi in 4 hours. Traveling from Numazu in October, expect Nagiso-machi to be little chillier, temps between 21°C and 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kuwana.

Things to do in Nagiso-machi

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail, Senjojiki Cirque
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 15:
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Nakasendo Walking Trail, Tsumagojuku ©
Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail ©
Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail
Senjojiki Cirque ©
Senjojiki Cirque

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Kuwana

Kuwana ©
The historic town of Kuwana stands as one of the 53 post stations that dotted the route between Kyoto and Edo (as Tokyo was then known) during the Edo period.
When in Kuwana, make a side trip to see Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, approximately 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Nagashima Spa Land, contemplate the long history of Rokkaen, buy something for everyone on your list at Mitsui Outlet Park Jazz Dream Nagashima, and have fun and explore at Nagoya Anpan-man Kodomo Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Kuwana trip planner .

Drive from Nagiso-machi to Kuwana in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Nagiso-machi in October, things will get a bit warmer in Kuwana: highs are around 26°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Kuwana

Theme Parks Spas Parks

Side Trip

Suzuka Circuit
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 18:
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Nagashima Spa Land ©
Nagashima Spa Land
Suzuka Circuit ©
Suzuka Circuit
Nabana no Sato ©
Nabana no Sato