47 days in Japan Itinerary

47 days in Japan Itinerary

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1
Kagoshima
— 3 nights
2
Kumamoto
— 2 nights
3
Nagasaki
— 2 nights
4
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
6
Naruto
— 2 nights
7
Osaka
— 2 nights
8
Nara
— 2 nights
9
Kyoto
— 6 nights
10
Nagoya
— 2 nights
11
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 2 nights
12
Tokyo
— 5 nights
13
Sapporo
— 12 nights

3
nights
Kagoshima

Kagoshima ©
Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
Kirishima Shrine and Sano Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Chiran Peace Museum and Sengan-en. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kagoshima: Kirishima Higashi Shrine (in Takaharu-cho), Kirishima (Kirishima Shrine Viewing Point, Furumi Site, &more) and Takachihonomine (in Miyakonojo). There's more to do: stroll around Chiran Heiwa Park and appreciate the history behind Tokoshieni, Tokkoyushi Statue.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kagoshima attractions planning tool.

Helsinki, Finland to Kagoshima is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 7 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Helsinki in June: high temperatures in Kagoshima hover around 28°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kirishima, Minamikyushu, Takaharu-cho, Takachihonomine
Find places to stay Jun 21 — 24:
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Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en
Kirishima Shrine ©
Kirishima Shrine
Chiran Peace Museum ©
Chiran Peace Museum

2
nights
Kumamoto

Kumamoto ©
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
On the 24th (Fri), admire the sheer force of Tsuzumiga Falls. Keep things going the next day: get answers to all your questions at Sakuranobaba Johsaien, witness the site of a historic battle at Shimpuren Leader Tomoo Otaguro's Battle Site, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kato Shrine, then explore the historical opulence of Kumamoto Castle, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Tetori Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Yakumo Koizumi Old House in Kumamoto.

To find where to stay and tourist information, read Kumamoto day trip website.

Take a train from Kagoshima to Kumamoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Kumamoto are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Explore Kumamoto
Find places to stay Jun 24 — 26:
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Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Kato Shrine ©
Kato Shrine
Catholic Tetori Church ©
Catholic Tetori Church

2
nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
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.
On the 27th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, steep yourself in history at Nyokodo, Nagai Takashi Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Urakami Cathedral, then examine the collection at Nagasaki Shipyard Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Nakamachi Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Museum of Traditional Performing Arts, take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, explore the world behind art at Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum, steep yourself in history at Higashiyamate Ko Jusanbankan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofukuji Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Suwa Shrine.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Nagasaki online journey maker.

Getting from Kumamoto to Nagasaki by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Nagasaki are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 26 — 28:
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Nyokodo, Nagai Takashi Museum ©
Nyokodo, Nagai Takashi Museum
Suwa Shrine ©
Suwa Shrine

2
nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
On the 29th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakozaki Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kashii-gu, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nanzoin, delve into the distant past at Uranota Ruins, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazaifu Tenman-gu, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenkai Inari Shrine. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atago Jinja Shrine, get to know the fascinating history of Nijino Matsubara, then steep yourself in history at Former Takatori House, and finally make a trip to Previously Karatsu Bank.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka online day trip planner.

Drive from Nagasaki to Fukuoka in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Fukuoka, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Dazaifu, Karatsu, Nanzoin
Find places to stay Jun 28 — 30:
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Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine
Nanzoin ©
Nanzoin
Hakozaki Shrine ©
Hakozaki Shrine

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): see what you can catch with Outdoor Trips and then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku, and then take a peaceful walk through Misen Wild Woods.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima day trip site.

Getting from Fukuoka to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Naruto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 2:
Highlights from your plan
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

2
nights
Naruto

Naruto ©
Sightseeing in Naruto offers a good number of options, both natural and historical.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): make a trip to Uzu no Michi, explore the world behind art at Otsuka Museum of Art, then take a memorable drive along Naruto Skyline, then enjoy breathtaking views from Yomomi Bridge Observatory, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Myoken Shrine. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryozen-ji Temple, get engrossed in the history at Naruto City Kagawa Toyohiko Memorial Hall, examine the collection at The Naruto German House, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gokurakuji Temple, and finally head outdoors with Tokushima PPrefectual Naruto Athletics Park.

Plan trip to Naruto with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Hiroshima to Naruto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Hiroshima in July, plan for little chillier days in Naruto, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Naruto

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 2 — 4:
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Otsuka Museum of Art ©
Otsuka Museum of Art
Ryozen-ji Temple ©
Ryozen-ji Temple
Naruto City Kagawa Toyohiko Memorial Hall ©

2
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 (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, contemplate the long history of Tekijuku, then walk around Expo '70 Commemorative Park, then examine the collection at National Museum of Ethnology, and finally don't miss a visit to Nakanoshima Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Kids Plaza Osaka, get engrossed in the history at Osaka Museum of History, then wander the streets of Dotombori District, then get engrossed in the history at Koshien History Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishinomiya Shrine.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Osaka online vacation maker.

Drive from Naruto to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Naruto in July, expect nights in Osaka to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 37°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Suita, Nishinomiya
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 6:
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Kids Plaza Osaka ©
Kids Plaza Osaka
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Nishinomiya Shrine ©
Nishinomiya Shrine

2
nights
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.
On the 7th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Naramachi Koshino Ie, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Todai-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally walk around Nara Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Isonokami Jingu, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Omiwa Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Joruri Temple, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

Plan a Nara trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Getting from Osaka to Nara by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Sakurai, Isonokami Jingu, Joruri Temple
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Omiwa Shrine ©
Omiwa Shrine

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kennin-ji Temple and Mimurotoji Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanzen-in Temple. Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple in Uji, about 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Higashi Hongan-ji Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Chishaku-in, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Uji, Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple)
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 14:
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Mimurotoji Temple ©
Mimurotoji Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple

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 15th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, explore the world behind art at The Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art, then explore the world behind art at Furukawa Art Museum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Arimatsu no Machinami. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Nagoya Shisei Shiryokan, look for all kinds of wild species at Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank, then steep yourself in history at Inuyama Jokamachi, then make a trip to Inuyama Castle, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kinka.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Nagoya trip planning website.

Getting from Kyoto to Nagoya by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nagoya: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Inuyama, Mt. Kinka, Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 16:
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Inuyama Castle ©
Inuyama Castle
Mt. Kinka ©
Mt. Kinka

2
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Kawaguchi, admire the masterpieces at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, hike along Momiji Tunnel, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine, then stroll around Oishi Park, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kawaguchiko Natural Loving Centre. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Motosuko Lake, explore the activities along Lake Shoji, explore the striking landscape at Fugaku Wind Cave, explore the activities along Saiko Lake, then admire the masterpieces at Kawaguchiko Muse Museum, Atae Yuki Bldg., and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Ide Sake Brewery.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Fujikawaguchiko-machi travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Nagoya to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Nagoya in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 18:
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Oishi Park ©
Oishi Park
Itchiku Kubota Art Museum ©
Itchiku Kubota Art Museum
Motosuko Lake ©
Motosuko Lake

5
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.
Visiting Kimono Kawaii Company Shibuya and Nagaike Park will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) and Asakusa Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Takahata Fudoson Kongo-ji Temple (in Hino) and Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), &more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, explore the world behind art at The National Art Center, Tokyo, and make a trip to Hozomon.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kamakura, Jindai-ji Temple, Takahata Fudoson Kongo-ji Temple, Nagaike Park
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 23:
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Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

12
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Step out of the city life by going to Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath and Oyunuma. Hokkaido Jingu and The Hokkaido University Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Sapporo: Bibai (Old Tomei Station, Arte Piazza Bibai, &more), Noboribetsu (Onibokora, Yuzawa Shrine, &more) and Ebetsu (Jubee Watashi Trace & Ebetsu Shrine). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Yotei, get to know the fascinating history of Edwin Dun Memorial Hall, walk around Maruyama Park, and admire the masterpieces at Sapporo Art Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Sapporo day trip tool.

You can fly from Tokyo to Sapporo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Tokyo in July, things will get a bit cooler in Sapporo: highs are around 26°C and lows about 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Otaru, Noboribetsu, Bibai, Ebetsu, Hokkaido
Find places to stay Jul 23 — Aug 4:
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Hokkaido Jingu ©
Hokkaido Jingu
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath ©
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath
Fushimi Inari Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari Shrine

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