44 days in Japan Itinerary

44 days in Japan Itinerary

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44 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
+2
Fly + subway + train:  9​h
1
Nagasaki
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Kita
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Sapporo
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
7
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train + bus:  1​h 30​min
8
Hakone-machi
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Narusawa-mura
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h
10
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
11
Naha
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Manila, Luzon

2
nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and Former Glover House. Popular historic sites such as Glover Garden and Nagasaki Peace Park are in your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Nagasaki to Sasebo to see Huis Ten Bosch about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, head off the coast to Hashima Island, and wander the streets of Shinchi Chinatown.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Nagasaki trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Manila, Philippines to Nagasaki is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus, flight, and train. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manila to Nagasaki. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Manila in December, with highs in Nagasaki at 13°C and lows at 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Huis Ten Bosch
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 25th (Wed), examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine and then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima route app .

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In December in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

5
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Gion and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Popular historic sites such as Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Nara Park, & more). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Nijo-jo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, and make a trip to Nishiki Market.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online journey planner .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and train. In December, daytime highs in Kyoto are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kita.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Nara
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 31:
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Gion
Gion
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

2
nights
Kita

Kita ©
A Kita holiday offers a great deal of varied attractions that cater to all kinds of modern urban explorers.
On the 1st (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then take a stroll through Dotonbori, and finally take in the views from Oe Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): examine the collection at Museum of Oriental Ceramics and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

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Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kita takes 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Kita can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kita

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Osaka
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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.
Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura) and Clock Tower (Tokei-dai) will appeal to history buffs. Visiting Jigokudani and Mt. Okura Observatory will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Otaru Canal (in Otaru), Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place (in Kutchan-cho) and Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area (in Niseko-cho). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Susukino, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Moiwa, get great views at Sapporo TV Tower, and steep yourself in history at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Sapporo trip tool .

Explore your travel options from Kita to Sapporo with the Route module. Traveling from Kita in January, you will find days in Sapporo are much colder (-3°C), and nights are a bit cooler (-6°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place, Otaru Canal, Jigokudani, Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 7:
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Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Higashichaya Old Town and The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. Get some historical perspective at Takayama Jinya and Kanazawa Castle. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui), Takayama (Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato) & Sanmachi Suji) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & Wada House). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, explore the striking landscape at Tojinbo Cliff, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa online trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Sapporo to Kanazawa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sapporo in January: high temperatures in Kanazawa hover around 7°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Kakusenkei Gorge, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Tojinbo Cliff
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 11:
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5
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Tokyo National Museum and Senso-ji Temple. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Ghibli Museum. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Odaiba, ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and view the masterpieces at Art Jeunesse Akihabara.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip website .

Getting from Kanazawa to Tokyo by combination of train and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or drive. When traveling from Kanazawa in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 11°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 16:
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

5
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu. Get outdoors at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) and Atami Sun Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hakone-machi: Yumigahama Beach (in Minamiizu-cho), Kawazu Nanadaru Waterfalls (in Kawazu-cho) and Kiunkaku (in Atami). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Miho Seacoast (Miho no Matsubara Beach), admire the masterpieces at Narukawa Art Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Nihondaira Zoo, and get great views at Hakone Ropeway.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 5°C to lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Narusawa-mura.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Shizuoka, Atami, Yumigahama Beach, Kawazu Nanadaru Waterfalls
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 21:
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Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Narukawa Art Museum ©
Narukawa Art Museum

4
nights
Narusawa-mura

Narusawa-mura ©
A village at the foothills of Mt.
Take a break from the city and head to Mount Fuji and Shiraito Falls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Narusawa-mura: Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Lake Kawaguchi & Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba) and Lake Tanuki (in Fujinomiya). Spend the 23rd (Thu) exploring nature at Fuji Hakone Izu National Park. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Saiko Lake, head outdoors with Momiji Tunnel, and take a peaceful walk through Aokigahara Forest.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Narusawa-mura holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Narusawa-mura takes 2 hours. In January in Narusawa-mura, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Narusawa-mura

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Fujinomiya, Mount Fuji, Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 25:
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park ©
Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Visiting Yonaha Maehama Beach and Sunayama Beach will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Toguchi no Hama, snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and head off the coast to Irabu-jima Island.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Miyakojima road trip planning website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Narusawa-mura to Miyakojima. Traveling from Narusawa-mura in January, things will get much warmer in Miyakojima: highs are around 24°C and lows about 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach ©
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach

4
nights
Naha

Naha ©
Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Get a sense of the local culture at Shurijo Castle and Shurijo Castle Park. Take a break from the city and head to Aharen Beach and Manza Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naha: Nirai Beach (in Yomitan-son), Furuzamami Beach (in Zamami-son) and Cape Manzamo (in Onna-son). It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Tropical Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunset Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Naha trip planner .

You can fly from Miyakojima to Naha in 2.5 hours. In January in Naha, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Naha

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Onna-son, Sunset Beach, Nirai Beach, Aharen Beach, Tropical Beach
Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 2:
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Aharen Beach ©
Aharen Beach
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Cape Manzamo ©
Cape Manzamo

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