49 days in Japan Itinerary

49 days in Japan Itinerary

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49 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Copenhagen
Fly:  19​h
1
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  1​h 30​min
2
Hakodate
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  3​h 45​min
3
Nagoya
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
4
Gifu
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
5
Inuyama
— 2 nights
6
Nara
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
7
Osaka
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
8
Kobe
— 3 nights
9
Okayama
— 2 nights
10
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
11
Himeji
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
12
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  45​min
13
Hikone
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
14
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
15
Matsumoto
— 3 nights
16
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Copenhagen

2
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.
Sapporo is known for parks, shopping, historic sites, museums, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Odori Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sapporo St. Michael's Church, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, and take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura).

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

Copenhagen, Denmark to Sapporo is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Copenhagen to Sapporo is 8 hours. Traveling from Copenhagen in July, Sapporo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus ©

3
nights
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Hakodate is known for nature, historic sites, shopping, museums, and baths. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, pause for some serene contemplation at Hakodate Orthodox Church, enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Motomachi.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hakodate trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Sapporo to Hakodate in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park

3
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.
Nagoya is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, see the interesting displays at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagoya holiday builder app .

Do a combination of flight and train from Hakodate to Nagoya in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, Nagoya is somewhat warmer than Hakodate - with highs of 33°C and lows of 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can take a train to Gifu.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

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nights
Gifu

Gifu ©
Bordered by verdant mountains, quaint villages, and fruit orchards, the city of Gifu boasts a well-developed historic center and swift connections to Nagoya.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): trek along Gifu City Chikusan Center Park, then enjoy some diversion at Gifu Family Park, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Inaba Shrine. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Gifu Castle / Inabayama Castle, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kinka, let little ones run wild at Nagara Park, then make a trip to Sofuku-ji Temple, and finally get lost in a book at Gifu Media Cosmos.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Gifu trip builder tool .

Gifu is very close to Nagoya. In July, daily temperatures in Gifu can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Inuyama.

Things to do in Gifu

Parks Fun & Games Theme Parks
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Kinka ©
Mt. Kinka
Gifu Castle / Inabayama Castle ©
Gifu Castle / Inabayama Castle
Sofuku-ji Temple ©
Sofuku-ji Temple

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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): admire the striking features of The Museum Meiji-mura, make a trip to House of Ogai Mori and Soseki Natsume, admire the striking features of Imperial Hotel Central Foyer, then admire the natural beauty at Urakuen Garden, and finally step into the grandiose world of Inuyama Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Joan, contemplate the waterfront views at Kiso River, then take an in-depth tour of The Little World Museum of Man, and finally learn more about the world around you at Japan Monkey Centre: Museum and Zoo for Nonhuman Primates.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Inuyama trip itinerary builder tool .

Inuyama is just a stone's throw from Gifu. In July, daytime highs in Inuyama are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Inuyama

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Urakuen Garden ©
Urakuen Garden
Inuyama Castle ©
Inuyama Castle
The Museum Meiji-mura ©
The Museum Meiji-mura

3
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.
Nara is known for historic sites, parks, museums, nature, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, explore the activities along Saho River, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nara visit planning website .

Drive from Inuyama to Nara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Inuyama in July, expect Nara to be a bit warmer, temps between 37°C and 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Tours Parks
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

4
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.
Osaka is known for historic sites, theme parks, parks, shopping, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Osaka itinerary maker site .

Traveling by train from Nara to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. July in Osaka sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 3:
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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nights
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Kobe is known for parks, historic sites, nature, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: deepen your understanding at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, take a stroll through Chinatown (Nankinmachi), find something for the whole family at Rokkosan Field Athletic, and kick back and relax at Suma Beach.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kobe online itinerary planner .

Kobe is very close to Osaka. Traveling from Osaka in August, expect nights in Kobe to be about the same, around 31°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 35°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can take a train to Okayama.

Things to do in Kobe

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens ©
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)

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nights
Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Munetada Shrine, then step off the mainland to explore Inujima, then explore the historical opulence of Okayama Castle, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Okayama Korakuen Garden. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Inujima Seirensho Art Museum, then take a peaceful walk through Tatsunokuchi Green Shower Forest, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kibitsu Shrine, and finally get engrossed in the history at Inukai Bokudo Memorial Museum.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Okayama attractions planner.

You can take a train from Kobe to Okayama in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kobe in August, Okayama is little chillier at night with lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Okayama

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Inujima ©
Inujima
Okayama Castle ©
Okayama Castle

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Hiroshima is known for historic sites, museums, parks, shopping, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, and admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip planner .

Traveling by train from Okayama to Hiroshima takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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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 12th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagoyama Reien Busharito, then make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Nishi no Maru Nagatsubone, steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, and then trek along Mt Shosha hiking.

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Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Himeji are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Outdoors Trails
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and make a trip to Arashiyama.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Kyoto journey planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Himeji in August, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 29°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 39°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Hikone.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Aug 13 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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Hikone

Hikone ©
A small city on the shores of the country's largest lake, Hikone draws in visitors with its fine castle.
On the 19th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenneiji, stop by Itoju Honten, step into the grandiose world of Hikone Castle, examine the collection at Hikone Castle Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of 玄宮園 - Genkyūen Garden 玄宮園, and finally step off the mainland to explore Takeshima Island.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hikone trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Kyoto to Hikone by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. While traveling from Kyoto, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hikone, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hikone

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Hikone Castle ©
Hikone Castle
Kentoji Temple ©
Kentoji Temple
Hikone Castle Museum ©
Hikone Castle Museum

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Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kanazawa is known for historic sites, parks, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, make a trip to Kanazawa Station, and step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip planner .

Getting from Hikone to Kanazawa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In August in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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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.
Matsumoto is known for historic sites, nature, museums, baths, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at Pond Tashiro, explore the world behind art at Matsumoto City Museum of Art, and contemplate the waterfront views at Taisho Pond.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Matsumoto online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Matsumoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Nature Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Pond Tashiro ©
Pond Tashiro
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Japan Ukiyo-e Museum ©
Japan Ukiyo-e Museum

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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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take a stroll through Odaiba, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tokyo travel planner.

Take a train from Matsumoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Tokyo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. On the 31st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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