48 days in Japan Itinerary

48 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
2
Nikko
— 4 nights
3
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
4
Nagoya
— 4 nights
5
Ishigaki
— 5 nights
6
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
7
Himeji
— 3 nights
8
Kyoto
— 5 nights
9
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
10
Matsumoto
— 5 nights
11
Sapporo
— 3 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Enoshima Island (in Fujisawa), Hakone-machi (Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) & The Hakone Open-Air Museum) and Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama). There's much more to do: make a trip to Tokyo Tower, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip planning app.

Marseille, France to Tokyo is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Marseille in September, Tokyo is a bit warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Tokyo DisneySea, Enoshima Island, Hase-dera Temple
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 20:
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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

4
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Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nikko: Sanbon Yaridake Moutain (in Nasushiobara), River Rafting & Tubing (in Minakami-machi) and Mt. Nasu (in Nasu-machi). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nikko National Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chuzenji, and snap pictures at Shinkyo Bridge.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Nikko trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Nikko are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Nikko National Park, Sanbon Yaridake Moutain, River Rafting & Tubing, Mt. Nasu
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Nikko National Park ©
Nikko National Park
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
River Rafting & Tubing

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Izu (Toi Beach, Odoi Beach, &more), Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine (in Fujinomiya) and Numazu (Mihamasaki Cape & Ita Beach). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Mount Fuji, get outside with Sotoura Beach, stop by Ogiso Shoten Honten, and kick back and relax at Iritahama Beach.

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Drive from Nikko to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train, subway, and bus. When traveling from Nikko in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Izu, Shimoda, Numazu, Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, Mount Fuji
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 28:
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Ita Beach
Ita Beach

4
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.
Explore Nagoya's surroundings by going to Inuyama Castle (in Inuyama), Kainan Kodomonokuni (in Yatomi) and Chubu Park (in Toin-cho). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Toba Aquarium.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Nagoya tour planning app.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Nagoya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Nagoya, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ise, Shima, Inuyama Castle, Kainan Kodomonokuni, Toba Aquarium
Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 2:
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Chubu Park ©
Chubu Park
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine

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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, walk around Banna Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, and kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki vacation planner.

Fly from Nagoya to Ishigaki in 6 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nagoya in October: high temperatures in Ishigaki hover around 34°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 7:
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Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Kurashiki (Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, Ohara Museum of Art, &more) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, &more). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and appreciate the history behind Peace Bell.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Ishigaki in October, with highs in Hiroshima at 26°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kurashiki
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 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

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Himeji: Yabu (Tarumino Ozakura & Tendaki Falls), Okayama (Okayama Korakuen Garden & Okayama Castle) and Otabu Gyoko Genroku Bohatei (in Bizen). The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura, and steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru.

Make your Himeji itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Yabu, Okayama, Otabu Gyoko Genroku Bohatei, Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Mt. Takamikura
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 14:
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan (in Osaka) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, get outside with Royu Driveway, steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, and take a stroll through Arashiyama.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto road trip planning app.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, Royu Driveway
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 19:
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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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nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Takayama (Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), Sanmachi Suji, &more), Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more) and Komatsu (Aratama Valley & Natadera Temple). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, make a trip to Omicho Market, and examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa journey maker app.

Drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Komatsu
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 23:
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

5
nights
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.
Explore Matsumoto's surroundings by going to Kurobe Dam (in Tateyama-machi), Kobayashi Farm (in Obuse-machi) and Zenko-ji Temple (in Nagano). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Matsumoto Castle, identify plant and animal life at Larch Forests In Kamikochi area, examine the collection at Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum (Matsumoto Mingei-kan), and deepen your understanding at Suzuki Shin-ichi Talent Education Institute.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Matsumoto tour itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Kanazawa in October, plan for little chillier days in Matsumoto, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Otari-mura, Agematsu-machi, Hakuba-mura, Kurobe Dam, Senjojiki Cirque
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 28:
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Kurobe Dam
Kurobe Dam
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Japan Ukiyo-e Museum ©
Japan Ukiyo-e Museum

3
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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.
On the 29th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Sapporo Clock Tower, walk around Odori Park, then get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, then enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, and finally examine the collection at Sapporo Beer Museum. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Okurayama Lookout, get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), then explore the activities along Otaru Canal, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tomioka Catholic Church.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Sapporo trip site.

Traveling by flight from Matsumoto to Sapporo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Matsumoto in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Sapporo, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Otaru
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 31:
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

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