45 days in Japan Itinerary

45 days in Japan Itinerary

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45 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Hanoi
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  8​h
1
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Ise
— 2 nights
Train:  4​h 15​min
5
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly + Train:  7​h 15​min
6
Kutchan-cho
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h
7
Nozawaonsen-mura
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Hakuba-mura
— 3 nights
Bus + Train:  2​h 45​min
9
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
10
Naha
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
11
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
12
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Hanoi

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mazda Museum and Senjokaku. Get some historical perspective at Mitaki Temple and Senkoji & Senkoji Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima), Former Naval Academy (in Etajima) and Tomo no Ura (in Fukuyama). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima itinerary planning tool .

Hanoi, Vietnam to Hiroshima is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Hanoi to Hiroshima, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In January, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Spas Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Mazda Museum, Former Naval Academy, Tomo no Ura, Senkoji & Senkoji Park
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 30:
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Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tofuku-ji Temple and Chion-in Temple. Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Todai-ji Temple (in Nara), Hikone Castle (in Hikone) and Osaka (Dotonbori & Osaka Castle). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, don't miss a visit to Gion, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip builder tool .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Todai-ji Temple, Hikone Castle
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 4:
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Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

2
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirou Shrine, take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, and finally make a trip to Daimonzaka. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hayatama Taisha, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikura Shrine, then take in the dramatic natural features at Hashigui Rock, and finally get great views at Ichimai-iwa.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Nachikatsura-cho road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Kyoto in February since evenings lows in Nachikatsura-cho dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Shingu, Hashigui Rock, Ichimai-iwa
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 6:
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Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
Kumano Hayatama Taisha ©
Kumano Hayatama Taisha

2
nights
Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
On the 7th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiyominomiya, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Oharai-machi, then examine the collection at Okageza, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Toba Aquarium, then step into the grandiose world of Ise Ninja Kingdom, and then get engrossed in the history at Sengukan.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Ise route planner.

Drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Ise in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. While traveling from Nachikatsura-cho, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ise, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Toba Aquarium
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Ise Shrine Geku ©
Ise Shrine Geku
Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple and Tokyo National Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kinomiya Shrine and Samurai Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Hase-dera Temple (in Kamakura) and Hakone-machi (Pola Museum of Art & The Hakone Open-Air Museum). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by train from Ise to Tokyo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Ise in February since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Hase-dera Temple, Kinomiya Shrine, Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple, Yokohama Museum of Art
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 13:
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Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

3
nights
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Get in touch with nature at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place and Cape Kamui. Discover out-of-the-way places like Rusutsu Resort Ski and Hokkaido Backcountry Club. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kutchan-cho: Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho) and Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area (in Niseko-cho). On the 14th (Fri), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Niseko Hanazono Resort.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kutchan-cho road trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Tokyo to Kutchan-cho takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or take a train. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in February: highs in Kutchan-cho hover around -1°C, while lows dip to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Nozawaonsen-mura.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Niseko-cho, Cape Kamui, Rusutsu Resort Ski, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 17:
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Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort
Rusutsu Resort Ski ©
Rusutsu Resort Ski

2
nights
Nozawaonsen-mura

Nozawaonsen-mura ©
Many visitors take a trip to Nozawaonsen-mura, a picturesque hot spring village in Nagano Prefecture, to get away from it all.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort and Shiga Kogen. Visiting Nozawa Onsen and Kijimadaira Ski Resort will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Nozawaonsen-mura side-trips: Hokusai-kan (in Obuse-machi), Ponshukan (in Yuzawa-machi) and Yamanouchi-machi (Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park & Shigakogen Yakebitaiyama Ski Area).

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Nozawaonsen-mura travel website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kutchan-cho to Nozawaonsen-mura. Traveling from Kutchan-cho in February, expect nights in Nozawaonsen-mura to be about the same, around -2°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Nozawaonsen-mura

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Yamanouchi-machi, Kijimadaira Ski Resort, Hokusai-kan, Ponshukan
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Nozawa Onsen ©
Nozawa Onsen
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ©
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
Hokusai-kan ©
Hokusai-kan

3
nights
Hakuba-mura

Hakuba-mura ©
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
Visit Togakushi Shrine Okusha and Zenko-ji Temple for their historical value. Get outdoors at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort and Suginohara. Venture out of the city with trips to Otari-mura (Hakubaoike & Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, hit the slopes at Hakuba Iwatake Mountain Resort, take a stroll through Hakuba, and explore the activities along Happo Pond.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hakuba-mura online travel planner .

You can drive from Nozawaonsen-mura to Hakuba-mura in 2 hours. February in Hakuba-mura sees daily highs of 4°C and lows of -2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Otari-mura, Nagano, Suginohara
Find places to stay Feb 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park ©
Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Hakuba ©
Hakuba

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.
Visit Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple and Ainokura Gassho Community for their historical value. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and D. T. Suzuki Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Tenshukakau Observatory, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, & more), Takayama (Takayama Showa Museum, Higashiyama Walking Course, & more) and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Oyama Shrine, wander the streets of Gokayama, and steep yourself in history at Higashichaya Old Town.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of bus and train from Hakuba-mura to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in February, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Nanto, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Find places to stay Feb 23 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community

5
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 some historical perspective at Nakijin Castle Ruins and Okinawa Peace Memorial Park. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Zamami Island. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naha: Okichan Theater (in Motobu-cho), Itoman (The Tower of Himeyuri & Himeyuri Peace Museum) and Zakimi Castle Ruins (in Yomitan-son). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Sefa-Utaki, step into the grandiose world of Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, deepen your knowledge of military history at Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Shurijo Castle.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Naha day trip app .

Getting from Kanazawa to Naha by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Kanazawa in February; daily highs in Naha reach 22°C and lows reach 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Itoman, Nanjo, Onna-son, Zamami-son, Tokashiki-son
Find places to stay Feb 27 — Mar 3:
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Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins
Scuba & Snorkeling
Aharen Beach ©
Aharen Beach

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nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yonaha Maehama Beach and Shimojiiima Island. Escape the urban bustle at Sunayama Beach and Ikema-jima Island. There's lots more to do: get outside with Toguchi no Hama, take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, make a trip to Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Miyakojima travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Naha to Miyakojima by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In March in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Mar 3 — 6:
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji

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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 off the beaten path and head to Cape Hirakubozaki and Kondoi Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Island Countryside Settlement and Misakion. Get out of town with these interesting Ishigaki side-trips: Kayaking & Canoeing (in Iriomote-jima), Kuro-shima (Nakamoto Beach & Kuroshima Research Institute) and Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi (in Kohama-jima). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, wander the streets of Misaki Town, contemplate the long history of Taketomi Island Kuramoto Remains, and head outdoors with Kaiji Beach.

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You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. March in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Taketomi-jima, Taketomi-cho, Kuro-shima, Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi, Kayaking & Canoeing
Find places to stay Mar 6 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

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