45 days in Japan Itinerary

45 days in Japan Itinerary

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45 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Cairns
Fly:  15​h
1
Ishigaki
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + train + bus:  5​h 15​min
2
Motobu-cho
— 3 nights
+3
ferry + foot + train + Fly:  7​h
3
Nagasaki
— 4 nights
4
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
5
Himeji
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
6
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
7
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Cairns

6
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Step out of Ishigaki to go to Iriomote-jima and see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, which is approximately 1h 50 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, enjoy breathtaking views from Maesedake Observation Site, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape, and kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki trip itinerary maker app .

Cairns, Australia to Ishigaki is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cairns in January: high temperatures in Ishigaki hover around 24°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Kondoi Beach
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 15:
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

3
nights
Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Step out of Motobu-cho to go to Nakijin-son and see Kouri Ohashi, which is approximately 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, kick back and relax at Emerald Beach, stroll through Bise no Warumi, and go for a walk through Bise no Fukugi Tree Road.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Motobu-cho trip maker .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Ishigaki to Motobu-cho in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Motobu-cho, with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Nakijin-son
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 18:
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Kouri Ohashi ©
Kouri Ohashi
Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park ©

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nagasaki: Kigaigaura Observation Deck (in Amakusa) and Sasebo (Huis Ten Bosch & Mt. Yumihari). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, see the interesting displays at Dejima, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Nagasaki sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Motobu-cho to Nagasaki takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Motobu-cho in January, things will get little chillier in Nagasaki: highs are around 11°C and lows about 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Sasebo, Kigaigaura Observation Deck
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 22:
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, & more) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima vacation planner .

Take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 26:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

4
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Get out of town with these interesting Himeji side-trips: Tottori Sand Dunes (in Tottori), Okayama (Okayama Korakuen Garden, Kibitsu Shrine, & more) and Kurashiki (Ohara Museum of Art & Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Himeji Castle, make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagoyama Reien Busharito, and admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Himeji trip tool .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daytime highs in Himeji are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Okayama, Kurashiki, Shikoku Mura Village, Tottori Sand Dunes
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 30:
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Dotonbori, & more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and wander the streets of Gion.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Todai-ji Temple
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 5:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

5
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha (in Hida), Takayama (Sanmachi Suji, Takayama Jinya, & more) and Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses & Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Higashichaya Old Town, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, and admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa online trip itinerary builder .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in February, expect nights in Kanazawa to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are slightly colder, around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 10:
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

5
nights
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.
Explore Fujikawaguchiko-machi's surroundings by going to Matsumoto Castle (in Matsumoto) and Hakone-machi (Tenkakudai, Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), & more). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Mount Fuji, admire the masterpieces at Kawaguchiko Muse Museum, Atae Yuki Bldg., walk around Oishi Park, and go for a walk through Lake Kawaguchi.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Kanazawa to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In February, daytime highs in Fujikawaguchiko-machi are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Mount Fuji, Matsumoto Castle
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 15:
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Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle

7
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 30 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner .

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in February, plan for a bit warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 12°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 22:
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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