45 days in Japan Itinerary

45 days in Japan Itinerary

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45 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Gold Coast
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h
2
Onna-son
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
3
Miyakojima
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  6​h 15​min
4
Hatsukaichi
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
5
Kyoto
— 7 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Kita
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 45​min
7
Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
+4
taxi + Fly + tram + train + shuttle:  8​h 30​min
8
Yamanouchi-machi
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
9
Narusawa-mura
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  18​h 30​min
End: Gold Coast

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Ueno Zoo and Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park). Do your shopping at Ginza and Harajuku Takeshita-dori. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Kotoku-in (Great Buddha of Kamakura) (in Kamakura), Ghibli Museum (in Mitaka) and Sankeien Gardens (in Yokohama). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Asakusa, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and don't miss a visit to The Tsukiji Market.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo sightseeing website .

Gold Coast, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Gold Coast to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Gold Coast in October, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Sankeien Gardens, Kōtoku-in, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

4
nights
Onna-son

Onna-son ©
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Escape the urban bustle at Cape Manzamo and Nirai Beach. For shopping fun, head to AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM or Yachimun no Sato. Venture out of the city with trips to Motobu-cho (Emerald Beach, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, & more), Okuma Beach (in Kunigami-son) and Shurijo Castle (in Naha). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Manza Beach, stroll through Kariyushi Beach, and Head underground at Blue Cave.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Onna-son trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Tokyo to Onna-son by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Tokyo in November, with highs in Onna-son at 28°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Yomitan-son, Tropical Beach, Shurijo Castle, Okuma Beach
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 9:
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Manza Beach ©
Manza Beach
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Cape Manzamo ©
Cape Manzamo

6
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Escape the urban bustle at Yonaha Maehama Beach and Sunayama Beach. And it doesn't end there: explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, tour the pleasant surroundings at Painagama Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, and step off the mainland to explore Ikema-jima Island.

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

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Onna-son to Miyakojima in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Onna-son in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Miyakojima, with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yabiji
Yabiji
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
On the 16th (Fri), stop by Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street, then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, then kick back and relax at Katsuragahama Beach, and finally see the interesting displays at Yamato Museum. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Momijidani Park and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hatsukaichi attractions planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Miyakojima to Hatsukaichi in 6.5 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in November, expect nights in Hatsukaichi to be cooler, around 11°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Kure
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 17:
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Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum

7
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Monkey Park Iwatayama and Kamogawa River. Get a sense of the local culture at Gion and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Amanohashidate (in Miyazu) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). There's lots more to do: get great views at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto visit planner .

You can take a train from Hatsukaichi to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daytime highs in Kyoto are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Kita.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Todai-ji Temple, Amanohashidate
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 24:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Gion
Gion

5
nights
Kita

Kita ©
A Kita holiday offers a great deal of varied attractions that cater to all kinds of modern urban explorers.
Dotonbori and Museum of Oriental Ceramics are good opportunities to explore the local culture. For shopping fun, head to Shinsaibashi or Tenjimbashisuji Shopping Street. Explore Kita's surroundings by going to Minoo Park (in Mino) and Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin, Kongobu-ji Temple, & more).

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

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kita takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Kita

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Osaka, Koya-cho, Minoo Park
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 29:
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya

3
nights
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Step out of the city life by going to Yakusugi Land and Oko no Taki Fall. There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, take in the pleasant sights at Gejibe no Sato, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tashiro Beach, and soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Yakushima-cho trip itinerary site .

Explore your travel options from Kita to Yakushima-cho with the Route module. Traveling from Kita in November, expect Yakushima-cho to be somewhat warmer, temps between 24°C and 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall

3
nights
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Hakuba and Tomioka Silk Mill. Take a break from the city and head to Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and Fukiwarenotaki Falls. Explore Yamanouchi-machi's surroundings by going to Konnyaku Park (in Kanra-machi), Hakuba Jump Arena (in Hakuba-mura) and Kusatsu-machi (Netsunoyu, Onsen Resorts, & more).

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Yamanouchi-machi online trip builder .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Yakushima-cho to Yamanouchi-machi in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, train, and car; or do a combination of taxi, flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in December, expect Yamanouchi-machi to be little chillier, temps between 7°C and 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Narusawa-mura.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trips

Kusatsu-machi, Hakuba-mura, Konnyaku Park, Tomioka Silk Mill, Fukiwarenotaki Falls
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Hakuba ©
Hakuba
Onsen Resorts

3
nights
Narusawa-mura

Narusawa-mura ©
A village at the foothills of Mt.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Narusawa-mura: Gotemba (Nagaharadai Shrine & Gotemba Premium Outlets), Wakajishi Shrine (in Fujinomiya) and Fuji-Q Highland (in Fujiyoshida). Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, let the kids burn off some steam at Yamanashi Fuehukigawa Fruit Park, and make a trip to Oshino Hakkai.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Narusawa-mura journey app .

Drive from Yamanouchi-machi to Narusawa-mura in 5 hours. Traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 5°C in Narusawa-mura. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Narusawa-mura

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Gotemba, Mount Fuji, Wakajishi Shrine, Yamanashi Fuehukigawa Fruit Park, Oshino Hakkai
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 10:
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Gotemba Premium Outlets ©
Gotemba Premium Outlets
Wakajishi Shrine ©
Wakajishi Shrine

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