46 days in Japan Itinerary

46 days in Japan Itinerary

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46 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Semarang
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
4
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
+3
train + subway + Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
6
Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + bus + train:  7​h 15​min
7
Takachiho-cho
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h
8
Miyakojima
— 6 nights
ferry:  4​h
9
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
10
Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  13​h 45​min
End: Semarang

6
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.
Get some historical perspective at Asakusa Shrine and Hozomon. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sensō-ji and Odaiba. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Ueno, steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at 上野東照宮 Toshogu Shrine, and shop like a local with Shimokitazawa.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip app .

Semarang, Indonesia to Tokyo is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Semarang to Tokyo is 2 hours. In December, Tokyo is cooler than Semarang - with highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ninja Temple and Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Shima and Higashichaya Old Town. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishiura Shrine, and head outdoors with Kanazawa Minami Sports Park Rose Garden.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in December: highs in Kanazawa hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Ninja Temple ©
Ninja Temple
Kazuemachi Tea House Street ©
Kazuemachi Tea House Street

2
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
On the 14th (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Umikongo, then explore the striking landscape at Ichimai-iwa, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fudarakusanji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Shingu Inosawa Ukijima Plant Community and then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nachikatsura-cho route planner .

Drive from Kanazawa to Nachikatsura-cho in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Kanazawa in December, Nachikatsura-cho is a bit warmer at night with lows of 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Shingu Inosawa Ukijima Plant Community, Umikongo, Ichimai-iwa
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Umikongo ©
Umikongo
Fudarakusanji Temple ©
Fudarakusanji Temple

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sanzen-in Temple and Shimogamo Jinja. Get some historical perspective at Kennin-ji Temple and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Kifune-jinja Shrine, and make a trip to Kurama-dera.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto journey builder .

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Kyoto when traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in December, with lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Ninna-ji Temple ©
Ninna-ji Temple

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 hidden gems such as Mitaki Temple and Motoyasu River. Get a sense of the local culture at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, get a taste of the local shopping with Kamiyacho, examine the collection at Honkawa Peace Museum, and browse the different shops at Asse.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima travel route website .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Nature
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yakusugi Land and Nagata Inakahama. Visiting The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center and Tachudake will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Janokuchinotaki Falls, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, look for gifts at Sugisho, and go for a walk through Gejibe no Sato.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Yakushima-cho tour itinerary app .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Hiroshima to Yakushima-cho in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Hiroshima in December; daily highs in Yakushima-cho reach 18°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Nagata Inakahama
Nagata Inakahama
Sugisho ©
Sugisho

3
nights
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Takachiho Gorge and Takachiho Shrine. Step out of the city life by going to Manai Falls and Unokono-taki. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Takachiho-cho: Takaharu-cho (Sano Shrine & Kirishima Higashi Shrine), Onsen Resorts (in Minamioguni-machi) and Heitate Shrine (in Yamato-cho). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, identify plant and animal life at Tokubetsuto Rice Terraces, take in the pleasant sights at Amano Yasugawara, and steep yourself in history at Kushifuru Shrine.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Takachiho-cho trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Yakushima-cho in December; daily highs in Takachiho-cho reach 12°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Takaharu-cho, Onsen Resorts, Unokono-taki, Heitate Shrine
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine

6
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Visit Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Ninto zeiseki for their historical value. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yabiji and Sunayama Beach. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Yonaha Maehama Beach, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, head outdoors with Marine Leisure Sports of Shigira Beach House, and kick back and relax at Tomori Imugya Beach.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Miyakojima holiday planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Takachiho-cho to Miyakojima in 7 hours. Another option is to fly. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Takachiho-cho in January: high temperatures in Miyakojima hover around 24°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yabiji
Yabiji
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Shirahama Port. Escape the urban bustle at Funauki Village and Mizuochi Falls. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Nara no Taki Falls, go deep underground at Utara Tanko, don't miss a visit to Heritiera Littoralis Tree of Nakama River, and contemplate the long history of Residence of Niimori.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima trip itinerary builder site .

You can ride a ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village
Shirahama Port ©
Shirahama Port

5
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.
Get some cultural insight at Cape Hirakubozaki and Tojinbaka. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Island Countryside Settlement and Torinji Temple. Change things up with a short trip to Nakamoto Beach in Kuro-shima (about 1h 25 min away). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, don't miss a visit to Nagurao Bridge, and look for gifts at Yurateiku Market.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Ishigaki road trip planning app .

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes an hour. January in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 19°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Taketomi-jima, Nakamoto Beach
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 15:
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble ©
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble

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