46 days in Japan Itinerary

46 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan vacation planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
Drive
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Yokohama
— 4 nights
Fly
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
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Ise
— 2 nights
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Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
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Taxi to Yakushima, Fly to Izumo, Taxi to Matsue
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Matsue
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Ishigaki
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
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Miyakojima
— 5 nights
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Kitakyushu
— 2 nights
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Kamakura
— 3 nights
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Tokyo

— 7 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Pokemon Center Skytree Town, Tokyo Skytree, teamLab Borderless, and other attractions. Popular historic sites such as Nezu Shrine and Senso-ji Temple are in your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ueno District and Yanaka District. There's much more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Shimokitazawa, take a stroll through Takeshita Street, and make a trip to Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park).

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo attractions planner.

Adelaide, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. While traveling from Adelaide, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Yokohama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 29:

Yokohama

— 4 nights
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Yokohama Zoo ''Zoorasia'', Hedgehog Cafe Harry Yokohama, Yokohama Minato Mirai 21, and other attractions you added. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sankeien Gardens and Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kishamichi Promenade and Yokohama Chinatown.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Yokohama online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Tokyo to Yokohama in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Yokohama can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can fly to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Yokohama

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 3:

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen and Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Higashiyama Walking Course in Takayama (about 1h 55 min away).

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

Traveling by flight from Yokohama to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Kanazawa when traveling from Yokohama in May, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 3 — 6:

Kyoto

— 4 nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tenryuji Temple and Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Toji. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori), Nara Park (in Nara) and Byodoin (in Uji). Next up on the itinerary: visit Gion, steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner.

Drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 6 — 10:

Nachikatsura-cho

— 2 nights
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, then see the interesting displays at Taiji Whale Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kujirahama Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Nachikatsura-cho holiday website.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in May, Nachikatsura-cho is a bit warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 10 — 12:

Ise

— 2 nights
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 13th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takinomiya, get engrossed in the history at Sengukan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Aramatsurinomiya, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Hinjitsukan, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yamato-hime Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: visit a coastal fixture at Daiosaki Lighthouse, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Goza Beach, and then take an in-depth tour of Saiku Histrical Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Ise online vacation planner.

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Ise in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Beaches · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 12 — 14:

Yakushima-cho

— 3 nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ruins of Kosugidani Village and Yaku Shrine. Take a break from the city and head to Yakusugi Land and Nagata Inakahama. The adventure continues: soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To plan Yakushima-cho vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Ise to Yakushima-cho by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In May, daytime highs in Yakushima-cho are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to fly to Matsue.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails
Find places to stay May 14 — 17:

Matsue

— 2 nights
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
On the 18th (Mon), examine the collection at Okuizumo Tatara to Tokenkan, admire the masterpieces at Adachi Museum of Art, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iya Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seiganji Temple, and finally see the interesting displays at Gogin Karakoro Museum. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Rihaku Shuzo, explore the historical opulence of Matsue Castle, then admire the masterpieces at Shimane Art Museum, then delve into the distant past at Kojindani Ruin, and finally steep yourself in history at Karakama Shrine.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Matsue tour planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Yakushima-cho to Matsue in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. In May, daytime highs in Matsue are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 17 — 19:

Hiroshima

— 3 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Popular historic sites such as Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and Daishoin Temple are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mitaki Temple and Senjokaku. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Miyajima, &more). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Peace Flame and see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima day trip site.

You can drive from Matsue to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. May in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 19 — 22:

Ishigaki

— 4 nights
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.
Relax by the water at Kondoi Beach and Nakamoto Beach. Get in touch with nature at Cape Hirakubozaki and Nosoko Mape. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, see the interesting displays at Taketomi Folk Art Museum, get engrossed in the history at Ishigaki Yaima Village, and stop by Yurateiku Market.

Start your trip to Ishigaki by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Ishigaki takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Hiroshima in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Ishigaki: highs are around 34°C and lows about 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 22 — 26:

Miyakojima

— 5 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Miyako Shrine and Harimizu Utaki. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Sunayama Beach and Sawada no hama Beach. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Yabiji, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, see the interesting displays at Underground Dam Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Ikizu Beach.

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Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Kitakyushu.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums
Find places to stay May 26 — 31:

Kitakyushu

— 2 nights
An important gateway for trade and travel between Honshu and Kyushu, the city of Kitakyushu has an old industrial waterfront and provides access to a number of natural sites across the wider region.
You've now added Kitakyushu City Kawachi Fuji Garden Wisterias Blossom to your itinerary. On the 1st (Mon), attend a local event at Kitakyushu City Kawachi Fuji Garden Wisterias Blossom, contemplate the long history of Old Ito Denemon House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hoheiden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hikosan Shrine, and finally admire the natural beauty at Ouma Chikurin Park. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Okadagu and then get outside with Mt Sarakura.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kitakyushu road trip site.

Getting from Miyakojima to Kitakyushu by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Miyakojima in May: high temperatures in Kitakyushu hover around 26°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to fly to Kamakura.

Things to do in Kitakyushu

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Events · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 2:

Kamakura

— 3 nights

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hase-dera Temple and Oyama Afuri Shrine. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and Hojobo Hinatayakushi Temple. Step out of Kamakura to go to Samukawa-machi and see Samukawa Shrine, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Kōtoku-in, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kakuonji Temple, take an in-depth tour of Kamakura Museum of National Treasures, and enjoy the sand and surf at Morito Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kamakura trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Kitakyushu to Kamakura in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. While traveling from Kitakyushu, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kamakura, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 2 — 5:

Japan travel guide

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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.