45 days in Japan Itinerary

45 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan vacation planner

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Fly to Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Drive to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
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Naha
— 4 nights
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
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Fukuoka
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Himeji
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Nagoya
— 5 nights
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Hakone-machi

— 3 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hakone-machi: Kantsuki Tensho Kimko (in Izu) and Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi). There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, get great views at Hakone Ropeway, admire the masterpieces at Narukawa Art Museum, and explore the activities along Lake Ashinoko.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi holiday builder app.

Portland, USA to Hakone-machi is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 17 hour difference. Traveling from Portland in March, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around 43°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 27 — 30:

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
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 Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), Takayama Jinya, &more) and Shirakawa-mura (Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Hakone-machi to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Kanazawa when traveling from Hakone-machi in March, with lows around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to fly to Naha.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 3:

Naha

— 4 nights

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Naha: Cape Manzamo (in Onna-son), Kouri Ohashi (in Nakijin-son) and Motobu-cho (Okichan Theater, Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, &more). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Shurijo Castle, don't miss a visit to Kokusaidori, sample the fine beverages at Sakimoto Shuzo Distillers, and get a new perspective on nature at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Naha trip maker tool.

You can fly from Kanazawa to Naha in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. While traveling from Kanazawa, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Naha, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Naha

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 3 — 7:

Ishigaki

— 5 nights
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.
Go for a jaunt from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima to see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours about 1h 55 min away. Spend 8th (Fri) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, get great views at Cape Ongazaki, look for gifts at Pinion Direct Shop, and stop by Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki itinerary planner.

Fly from Naha to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in April, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can fly to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 7 — 12:

Fukuoka

— 4 nights

City of Yatai

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.
Explore Fukuoka's surroundings by going to Hirabaru Historical Park (in Itoshima), Kumamoto (Kato Shrine, Kumamoto Castle, &more) and Dazaifu (Komyozen-ji Temple & Dazaifu Tenman-gu). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, take in the pleasant sights at Ohori Park, browse the fresh offerings at Osakana Tengoku, and browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka travel route builder website.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Fukuoka takes 4 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in April, expect Fukuoka to be slightly colder, temps between 68°F and 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 12 — 16:

Hiroshima

— 4 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima), Yamato Museum (in Kure) and Ohara Museum of Art (in Kurashiki). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and ferry. In April, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 16 — 20:

Himeji

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, then steep yourself in history at Himeji Castle, and then steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru. On your second day here, take a stroll through Kobe Harborland, then don't miss a visit to Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, and then contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Himeji trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daytime highs in Himeji are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 20 — 22:

Kyoto

— 6 nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan), Kofuku-ji Temple (in Nara) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Gion, take a stroll through Arashiyama, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip builder site.

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daytime highs in Kyoto are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 22 — 28:

Nagoya

— 5 nights
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 Nisshin Civic Hall (in Nisshin), Ise Grand Shrine (in Ise) and Chubu Park (in Toin-cho). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, visit Nagoya City Agricultural Center, stop by Miura Knives Shop, and contemplate the waterfront views at Yamazaki River.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Nagoya online vacation planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nagoya in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in April, expect nights in Nagoya to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are slightly colder, around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 3:

Tokyo

— 7 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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. Have a day of magic on the 6th (Fri) at Tokyo Disneyland. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, make a trip to Tokyo Skytree, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

You can take a train from Nagoya to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. While traveling from Nagoya, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 3 — 10:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.