46 days in Japan Itinerary

46 days in Japan Itinerary

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Kyoto
— 8 nights
2
Takayama
— 2 nights
3
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
4
Matsumoto
— 1 night
5
Shirakawa
— 1 night
6
Tokyo
— 11 nights
7
Yokohama
— 2 nights
8
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
9
Inuyama
— 2 nights
10
Nagoya
— 2 nights
11
Nara
— 2 nights
12
Osaka
— 2 nights
13
Himeji
— 2 nights
14
Hiroshima
— 3 nights

8
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.
Visit Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle for their historical value. Museum-lovers will get to explore Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design and The Museum of Kyoto. Step out of Kyoto to go to Hikone and see Hikone Castle, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, go for a walk through Arashiyama, appreciate the extensive heritage of Katsura Imperial Villa, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip app.

Santiago, Chile to Kyoto is an approximately 33-hour combination of flight and train. You'll lose 13 hours traveling from Santiago to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. June in Kyoto sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Hikone Castle
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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Takayama

Takayama ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Takayama City Hall, take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, then take an in-depth tour of Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): hunt for treasures at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, then take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, and finally steep yourself in history at Wada House.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Takayama trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Takayama by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. July in Takayama sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, then take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and finally admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Nagamachi Neighborhood, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, then admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, then admire the natural beauty at Kazuemachi Ryokusuien Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa online itinerary builder.

Drive from Takayama to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 12:
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Nomura Family Samurai House ©
Nomura Family Samurai House

1
night
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
On the 13th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Yohashira Shrine, explore the world behind art at Matsumoto City Art Museum, then take a stroll through Nawate Shopping District, then take a stroll through Nakamachi Street, and finally steep yourself in history at Kaichi Gakko Primary School.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in Matsumoto are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Shirakawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 13:
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Nakamachi Street ©
Nakamachi Street
Kaichi Gakko Primary School ©
Kaichi Gakko Primary School
Matsumoto City Art Museum ©
Matsumoto City Art Museum

1
night
Shirakawa

Shirakawa
Shirakawa is a city located in Fukushima Prefecture, in northern Honshū, Japan. To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Shirakawa road trip site.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Shirakawa in 4.5 hours. July in Shirakawa sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 24°C at night. On the 14th (Sat), you're off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shirakawa

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
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11
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 cultural insight at Odaiba District and National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan. Head to Ginza and Takeshita Streetfor plenty of shopping. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, stop by Asakusa, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Shirakawa to Tokyo takes 3 hours. When traveling from Shirakawa in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 27°C. On the 25th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yokohama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Urayasu, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 25:
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Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

2
nights
Yokohama

Yokohama ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): make a trip to Yokohama Landmark Tower, take a stroll through Yokohama Minato Mirai 21, and then explore the world behind art at Yokohama Museum of Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kōtoku-in, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, and finally see the interesting displays at Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Yokohama holiday planning site.

You can drive from Tokyo to Yokohama in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Yokohama

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kamakura
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 27:
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Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

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Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 27th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Mishima Taisha. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and finally laugh and play at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi trip maker website.

Getting from Yokohama to Hakone-machi by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway, train, and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Yokohama in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Inuyama.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Historic Sites · Museums · Baths

Side Trips

Atami, Mishima Taisha, Gotemba Premium Outlets
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Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum ©
Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum

2
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Inuyama

Inuyama ©
Located on the banks of an important regional river, the inland castle town of Inuyama has long been an important waypoint for merchants and travelers.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanko Inari Shrine, make a trip to Inuyama Castle, then revel in the low prices at Toki Premium Outlets, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kokeizan Eihoji Temple, and finally admire the landmark architecture of The Museum Meijimura. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Urakuen Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daisyoji Temple, then appreciate the history behind Shoyo Tsubouchi Statue, then get engrossed in the history at Little World, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Inuyama Jokamachi.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Inuyama visit planner.

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Inuyama in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or fly. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in July: highs in Inuyama hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Inuyama

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Shoyo Tsubouchi Statue, Kokeizan Eihoji Temple, Toki Premium Outlets
Find places to stay Jul 29 — 31:
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Inuyama Castle ©
Inuyama Castle
The Museum Meijimura ©
The Museum Meijimura
Little World ©
Little World

2
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): don't miss a visit to Nagoya Castle, examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, then see the interesting displays at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, and finally make a trip to Osu Shopping Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum, don't miss a visit to Nagoya TV Tower, then wander the streets of Sakae, and finally engage your brain at Nagoya City Science Museum.

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

Traveling by car from Inuyama to Nagoya takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daytime highs in Nagoya are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Nara.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 2:
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Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Tokugawa Art Museum ©
Tokugawa Art Museum

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Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, then see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and finally pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Horyu-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yakushi-ji Temple, then contemplate the long history of Gango-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Nara trip maker site.

Drive from Nagoya to Nara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Nagoya in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Nara: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 32°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Horyu-ji Temple
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Nara Park ©
Nara Park

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nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, then wander the streets of Dotombori District, and finally wander the streets of Minami (Namba). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then visit Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), and then wander the streets of Kobe Harborland.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka day trip planner.

You can drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Another option is to take a train. August in Osaka sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kobe
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 6:
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Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, then don't miss a visit to Himeji Castle, and then get outside with Amore Beach. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, stroll through Awajihanasajiki, and then get answers to all your questions at Awaji Highway Oasis.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip app.

You can take a train from Osaka to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Osaka in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Himeji, with highs around 35°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Awaji, Amore Beach, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 8:
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Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Akashi Kaikyo Bridge ©
Akashi Kaikyo Bridge

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nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Itsukushima Shrine and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Matsuyama Castle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Miyajima (in Hatsukaichi), Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street (in Miyajima) and Thermal Spas (in Matsuyama). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Onaga Temmangu Shrine, and appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima holiday planning tool.

Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Matsuyama
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 11:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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