41 days in Japan Itinerary

41 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nikko
— 1 day
Train
3
Nagano
— 1 night
Train
4
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Hikone
— 2 nights
Train
7
Kyoto
— 1 night
Drive
8
Nara
— 1 night
Drive
9
Kobe
Drive
10
Himeji
— 3 nights
Train
11
Okayama
— 2 nights
Train
12
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train to Hakata, Bus to Karatsu
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Karatsu
— 2 nights
Drive
14
Kumamoto
— 2 nights
Train
15
Kagoshima
— 1 night
Fly
16
Matsuyama
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 1 day
Train
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Nagoya
— 2 nights
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Shizuoka
— 2 nights
Train
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Yokohama
— 9 nights
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
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Tokyo — 2 nights

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.
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Tel Aviv, Israel to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Tel Aviv to Tokyo is 7 hours. In September, Tokyo is a bit cooler than Tel Aviv - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. You will leave for Nikko on the 3rd (Sat).
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Find places to stay Sep 1 — 3:

Nikko — 1 day

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.
Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): contemplate the long history of Toshogu Shrine and then take in the pleasant sights at Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park.

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Traveling by car from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Nikko can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can catch the train to Nagano.
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Find places to stay Sep 3 — 4:

Nagano — 1 night

Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Nagano tour site.

Take a train from Nikko to Nagano in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nikko in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Nagano, with lows of 20°C. On the 4th (Sun), you're off to Takayama.
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Find places to stay Sep 3 — 4:

Takayama — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Takayama trip itinerary planning website.

You can take a train from Nagano to Takayama in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. On the 6th (Tue), you'll travel to Kanazawa.
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Find places to stay Sep 4 — 6:

Kanazawa — 2 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 6th (Tue), examine the collection at Prince & Skyline Museum and then step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, then explore the activities along Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, then walk around Kenrokuen Garden, and finally steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip planner.

You can drive from Takayama to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. September in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can take a train to Hikone.
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Find places to stay Sep 6 — 8:

Hikone — 2 nights

A small city on the shores of the country's largest lake, Hikone draws in visitors with its fine castle.
To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hikone trip maker tool.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Hikone in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September in Hikone, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 24°C at night. On the 10th (Sat), you're off to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay Sep 8 — 10:

Kyoto — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hikone to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Hikone in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nara.
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Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 11:

Nara — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nara trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. September in Nara sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kobe.
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Find places to stay Sep 11 — 12:

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.
To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kobe trip builder.

Drive from Nara to Kobe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Kobe can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. You will leave for Himeji on the 12th (Mon).
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Find places to stay Sep 12 — 13:

Himeji — 3 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Himeji: Ako (Remains of Ako Castle & Ako Oishi Shrine) and Takeda Castle Ruins (in Asago). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Ropeway, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunken Garden, Castle Garden, and admire the natural beauty at Koko-en.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Himeji online trip maker.

Getting from Kobe to Himeji by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Okayama.
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Find places to stay Sep 12 — 15:

Okayama — 2 nights

A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Momotaro Statue, admire the masterpieces at Yumeji Art Museum (Yumeji-Kyodo Bijutsukan), then admire the natural beauty at Okayama Korakuen Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Okayama Castle, and finally grab your bike and head to Kibi Plain Bicycle Route. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Ohashi House, examine the collection at Kurashiki Folkcraft Museum, examine the collection at Japanese Rural Toy Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, then admire the masterpieces at Ohara Museum of Art, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kibitsu Shrine.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Okayama tour itinerary planner.

Take a train from Himeji to Okayama in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Himeji in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Okayama, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.
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Find places to stay Sep 15 — 17:

Hiroshima — 2 nights

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 17th (Sat), examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and finally appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine and then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Hiroshima trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can take a train from Okayama to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Karatsu.
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Find places to stay Sep 17 — 19:

Karatsu — 2 nights

The coastal city of Karatsu has long held importance for trade with China and the Korean Peninsula.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Imari Okawachiyama, then test the waters at Takeo Onsen, and then take in panoramic vistas at Mt. Kagamiyama West Observation Deck. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Karatsu Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hoto Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Nagoya Castle Ruins, and finally take in the views from Yobuko Ohashi.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Karatsu day trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Hiroshima to Karatsu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hiroshima in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Karatsu, with lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kumamoto.
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Find places to stay Sep 19 — 21:

Kumamoto — 2 nights

Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
On the 21st (Wed), don't miss a visit to Sl Hitoyoshi, don't miss a visit to JR Kumamoto Station, then get engrossed in the history at Sakuranobaba Johsaien, and finally appreciate the history behind Statue of KATO Kiyomasa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Kumamoto Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kato Shrine, then take in nature's colorful creations at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, then don't miss a visit to Kumamon Square, and finally explore the world behind art at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kumamoto trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Karatsu to Kumamoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Karatsu in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Kumamoto, with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kagoshima.
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Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:

Kagoshima — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): don't miss a visit to Tenmonkan, appreciate the history behind Saigo Takamori Statue, then steep yourself in history at Sengan-en, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Shiroyama Observatory.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kagoshima vacation website.

Getting from Kumamoto to Kagoshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. September in Kagoshima sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Matsuyama.
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Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 24:

Matsuyama — 2 nights

Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishiteji, step into the grandiose world of Matsuyama Castle, then make a trip to Okaido Shopping Street, and finally see the interesting displays at Saka no Ue no Kumo Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isaniwa Shrine, don't miss a visit to Bocchan Wind up Clock, then make a trip to Dogo Onsen Station, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Matsuyama trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Kagoshima to Matsuyama takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. On the 26th (Mon), you'll travel to Osaka.
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Find places to stay Sep 24 — 26:

Osaka — 1 day

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.
On the 26th (Mon), get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Osaka driving holiday website.

Fly from Matsuyama to Osaka in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. September in Osaka sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagoya.
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Find places to stay Sep 26 — 27:

Nagoya — 2 nights

Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
On the 27th (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hosho-in (Osu Kannon), make a trip to Osu Shopping Street, then take a stroll through Sakae, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Chubu Denryoku MIRAI TOWER.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Nagoya vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Osaka to Nagoya in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Osaka, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nagoya, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Shizuoka.
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Find places to stay Sep 26 — 28:

Shizuoka — 2 nights

With its upmarket shopping districts and scenic coastal landscape, Shizuoka stands as the main urban area of a province often referred to as Japan's riviera.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take a leisurely stroll along S-Pulse Dream Plaza, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Miho Seacoast (Miho no Matsubara Beach). On the 30th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit Nihondaira Ropeway, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kunozan Toshogu Shrine, then get a taste of the local shopping with Yaizu Sakana Center, and finally snap pictures at Horaibashi Bridge.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Shizuoka route planning site.

You can take a train from Nagoya to Shizuoka in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Shizuoka can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Yokohama.
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Find places to stay Sep 28 — 30:

Yokohama — 9 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Yokohama: Enoshima Island (in Fujisawa), Hakone-machi (Hakone Ropeway, The Hakone Open-Air Museum, &more) and Kamakura (Kamakura Komachidori, Hase-dera Temple Kannondo, &more). The adventure continues: make a trip to Sankeien Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Garden, stroll around Yamashita Park, and admire the landmark architecture of Yokohama Landmark Tower.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, read Yokohama tour itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Shizuoka to Yokohama by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In September, daytime highs in Yokohama are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. On the 9th (Sun), you'll travel to Tokyo.
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Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 9:

Tokyo — 2 nights

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo day trip planning website.

Getting from Yokohama to Tokyo by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. You'll set off for home on the 11th (Tue).
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Find places to stay Oct 9 — 11:

Japan travel guide

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Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.
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Saga Prefecture travel guide

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Historic Sites · Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks
Saga Prefecture is a prefecture in the northwest part of the island of Kyushu, Japan. It touches both the Sea of Japan and the Ariake Sea. The western part of the prefecture is a region famous for producing ceramics and porcelain, particularly the towns of Karatsu, Imari, and Arita. The capital is the city of Saga.HistoryIn ancient times, the area composed by Nagasaki Prefecture and Saga Prefecture was called Hizen Province. The current name dates from the Meiji Restoration. Rice farming culture has prospered here since ancient times, and vestiges can be seen at the ruins of Nabatake in Karatsu and the Yoshinogari site in Yoshinogari.Feudal periodFrom the Kamakura period to the Muromachi period, it is thought that over 100 feudal clans existed. Also exerting great influence during this time was a samurai clan operating along the Genkai Sea called the Matsuratō. Upon entering the Sengoku period, the Ryūzōji clan expanded their control to include all of Hizen and Chikugo Provinces, and part of Higo and Chikuzen Provinces. After the death of daimyō Takanobu Ryūzōji, Naoshige Nabeshima took control of the political situation, and by 1607 all of the Ryūzōji clan's domain was under the control of the Nabeshima clan.

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Shikoku travel guide

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Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Castles
Spiritual Island
The smallest of Japan's four main islands, Shikoku remains one of the country's forgotten tourist destinations, still considered little more than a rural backwater. Despite this reputation, the island boasts numerous notable temples and outstanding hiking areas, sure to satisfy nature lovers and those looking to add a bit of culture to their visit. Shikoku tourism gets a boost from its famed "88 Temple Route," appealing to pilgrims seeking spiritual perfection, as well as pristine natural scenery of picturesque rivers and majestic mountains. Thanks to the area's rugged but easily accessible wilderness, some of the most popular things to do in Shikoku include hiking, kayaking, surfing, climbing, and sailing.
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