46 days in Japan Itinerary

46 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Asia sightseeing planner

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Tokyo
— 2 nights
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Kawagoe
— 3 nights
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
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Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Omihachiman
— 2 nights
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Nagasaki
— 32 nights
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Tokyo

— 2 nights
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.
On the 16th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then make a trip to Tokyo Tower, and finally wander the streets of Akihabara. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, then get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and finally get the adrenaline pumping with Street Kart Tour Akihabara #1 by Go-Kart.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tokyo online trip builder.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Tokyo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kawagoe.

Things to do in Tokyo

Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 17:

Kawagoe

— 3 nights

Little Edo

Situated just outside of Tokyo, Kawagoe entices visitors with its historic, Edo period architecture, reminiscent of a Japan of the past.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ruins of Ashikaga School (in Ashikaga), Sano Premium Outlet (in Sano) and Saitama (Keyaki Hiroba, Saitama Prefecture Omiya Park, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine, examine the collection at Kawagoe Matsuri Kaikan, contemplate the long history of Toki no Kane, and make a trip to Kitain.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kawagoe trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Kawagoe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. October in Kawagoe sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kawagoe

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 17 — 20:

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, explore the activities along Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, then make a trip to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri, and finally take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, stop by Nagamachi Neighborhood, don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station, then make a trip to Omicho Market, and finally steep yourself in history at Oyama Shrine.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Kawagoe to Kanazawa by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 23:

Takayama

— 2 nights
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, then wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, and finally see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: snap pictures at Deai Bridge, get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, then contemplate the long history of Wada House, and finally take some stellar pictures from Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Takayama route website.

Drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. October in Takayama sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Omihachiman.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 23 — 25:

Omihachiman

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): examine the collection at Nobunagano Yakata, contemplate the long history of Azuchi Castle Ruins, appreciate the extensive heritage of Shimmachi Street, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Himure Hachimangu, then don't miss a visit to Hachiman-bori, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Omishonin Street. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: shop like a local with Tanikangama Gallery Tohozan, admire the masterpieces at Miho Museum, then get some fabulous bargains at Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuo, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally experience rural life at La Collina Omihachiman.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Omihachiman route planner.

Drive from Takayama to Omihachiman in 3.5 hours. October in Omihachiman sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Omihachiman

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 25 — 27:

Nagasaki

— 32 nights

City of Peace

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. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sasebo (Huis Ten Bosch, Udogoe Observatory, &more), Saga (Saga Castle Hommaru History Museum, Sagajo Park, &more) and Omura (Omura Park, Former Kusumoto Masataka Mansion, &more). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, examine the collection at Yokan Museum, snap pictures at Megane Bridge, and take some stellar pictures from Kigaigaura Observation Deck.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Nagasaki driving holiday planning website.

Explore your travel options from Omihachiman to Nagasaki with the Route module. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 27 — Nov 28:

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.

Ishikawa Prefecture travel guide

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Gardens · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Ishikawa Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region on Honshu island. The capital is Kanazawa.HistoryIshikawa was formed in 1872 from the merger of Kaga Province and the smaller Noto Province.GeographyIshikawa is on the Sea of Japan coast. The northern part of the prefecture consists of the narrow Noto Peninsula, while the southern part is wider and consists mostly of mountains with the prefecture's chief city, Kanazawa, located in the coastal plain. The prefecture also has some islands, including Notojima, Mitsukejima, Hegurajima., 13% of the total land area of the prefecture was designated as Natural Parks, namely the Hakusan National Park; Echizen-Kaga Kaigan and Noto Hantō Quasi-National Parks; and five Prefectural Natural Parks.CitiesEleven cities are located in Ishikawa Prefecture:HakuiHakusanKagaKahoku Kanazawa (capital)KomatsuNanaoNonoichi NomiSuzuWajima

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Shiga Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites · Historic Walking Areas
Shiga Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan, which forms part of the Kansai region in the western part of Honshu island. It encircles Lake Biwa, the largest freshwater lake in Japan. The capital is Ōtsu.

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