47 days in Japan Itinerary

47 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan journey planner

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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Motobu-cho
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Motobu-cho
— 5 nights
Ferry to タクマ3乗船券販売所, Fly to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Drive
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Toba
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Fly
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Fujiyoshida
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 8 nights
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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.
Attractions like Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Kabira Bay make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, stroll through Sukuji Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and stop by Ibaruma Farm Fruits Chokubaijo.

Before you visit Ishigaki, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Casablanca, Morocco to Ishigaki is an approximately 22-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Casablanca to Ishigaki. In July, Ishigaki is somewhat warmer than Casablanca - with highs of 38°C and lows of 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 17 — 22:

Iriomote-jima

— 3 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Pinaisara Falls. There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Barasu Island, take in the dramatic scenery at Nara no Taki Falls, stroll through Nakama-river Protected Region, and kick back and relax at Ida no Hama Beach.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 25:

Motobu-cho

— 5 nights
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Attractions like Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and Nirai Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Motobu-cho: Onna Station Nakayukui Market (in Onna-son) and Nago citizen Beach (in Nago). The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Minnajima Island, meet the residents at Okichan Theater, enjoy the sand and surf at Minna Beach, and head outdoors with Bisezaki.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Motobu-cho day trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Motobu-cho takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus. In July, daytime highs in Motobu-cho are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 25 — 30:

Hiroshima

— 5 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.
Kids will enjoy Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Itsukushima Shrine. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Kurashiki (Japanese Rural Toy Museum & Ohara Museum of Art), Hatsukaichi (Paddle Park & Miyajima) and Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima journey maker website.

Getting from Motobu-cho to Hiroshima by combination of ferry and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In July in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 4:

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 5th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura. On your second day here, wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), snap pictures at Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, and then kick back and relax at Matsue Swimming Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Himeji online vacation planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Himeji sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 31°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 4 — 6:

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.
Attractions like Universal Studios Japan and Kiyomizu-dera Temple make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan (in Osaka). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, and examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Himeji to Kyoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Himeji in August, you will find days in Kyoto are a bit warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Toba.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 12:

Toba

— 2 nights
Notable for its oysters and the production of cultured pearls, the city of Toba, mostly situated within Ise-Shima National Park, includes a number of small islands in Ise Bay.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Toba Aquarium, get great views at Ise Ninja Kingdom, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Futami Okitama Shrine. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Okageza, find something for the whole family at Hotel Shima Spain Mura, and then kick back and relax at Ichigo Beach.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Toba holiday maker tool.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Toba takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kyoto in August, you will find days in Toba are little chillier (34°C), and nights are about the same (32°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Toba

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 12 — 14:

Kanazawa

— 5 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kids will enjoy Gongenmori Beach and Takayama Jinya. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Mount Hakusan (in Hakusan), Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more) and Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, and don't miss a visit to Omicho Market.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Toba to Kanazawa in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Toba in August since evenings lows in Kanazawa dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Fujiyoshida.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 14 — 19:

Fujiyoshida

— 4 nights
A gateway to the volcano, Fujiyoshida sits in the shadow of a giant, and everything across the city seemingly points toward the iconic symbol of national pride, Mount Fuji.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Mount Fuji and Mt. Shakushi. Get out of town with these interesting Fujiyoshida side-trips: Mt.Momokura (in Otsuki) and Fujinomiya Route (in Fujinomiya). Pack the 22nd (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Fuji-Q Highland. The adventure continues: let the kids burn off some steam at Onshirin Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine, and make a trip to Shinsekai Kanpai Street.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Fujiyoshida day trip planner.

You can fly from Kanazawa to Fujiyoshida in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Kanazawa in August, you will find days in Fujiyoshida are slightly colder (29°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujiyoshida

Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 19 — 23:

Tokyo

— 8 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.
Tokyo Anime Center has been added to your itinerary. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Tokyo Disneyland and Meiji Jingu Shrine. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Odaiba District, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To see maps and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip builder website.

You can drive from Fujiyoshida to Tokyo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Fujiyoshida in August: highs in Tokyo hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 28°C. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 23 — 31:

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.