41 days in Japan Itinerary

41 days in Japan Itinerary

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41 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Prescott
bus + Fly:  20​h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Hakodate
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
3
Tsuruoka
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10​h
4
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
+3
train + bus + Fly + bus:  8​h 30​min
5
Takachiho-cho
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Hagi
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Matsue
— 4 nights
8
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
9
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
10
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  6​h
11
Nagasaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: Prescott

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Asakusa Shrine and Ueno. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo National Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple & Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Odaiba, examine the collection at Samurai Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Imperial Palace, and make a trip to University of Tokyo.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip builder tool .

Prescott, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 16 hours. Traveling from Prescott in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Tokyo, with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Kamakura
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 10:
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji

2
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.
On the 11th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, steep yourself in history at Kyu Soma-tei, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trappist Monasteries, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Goryokaku Park. Keep things going the next day: catch the contagious excitement of Hakodate Horse Racetrack, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, then pause for some serene contemplation at Hakodate Orthodox Church, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Motomachi.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Hakodate road trip planning tool .

Fly from Tokyo to Hakodate in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tokyo in September, with highs in Hakodate at 26°C and lows at 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tsuruoka.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Trappist Monasteries
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 12:
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Kyu Soma-tei ©
Kyu Soma-tei
Motomachi ©
Motomachi
The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward ©

2
nights
Tsuruoka

Tsuruoka ©
Tsuruoka, famous for its scenic surroundings, attracts tourists due to its proximity to the Dewa Sanzan, sacred mountains revered by the Shugendo religion.
Step off the beaten path and head to Mt. Haguro and Churenji Temple. Get some cultural insight at Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda and Mt.Haguro- Dewasanzan Sanjin Gosaiden. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tsuruoka: Sakata (Sankyo Soko Storehouse, Mitsuoka Bunko Library, & more), Gassan Shrine (in Tendo) and Gassan Shrine (in Nishikawa-machi). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Mt.Haguro- Cedat Trees along the Approach, steep yourself in history at Tsuruoka Roman Catholic Church, make a trip to Heishindo-Former Kazama Family Residence, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenpoji.

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

Traveling by car from Hakodate to Tsuruoka takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In September in Tsuruoka, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Sakata, Gassan Shrine, Gassan Shrine
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 15:
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Mt. Haguro ©
Mt. Haguro
Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda ©
Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda
Sankyo Soko Storehouse ©
Sankyo Soko Storehouse

1
night
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nachi Highland Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikura Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kujirahama Beach, see the interesting displays at Taiji Whale Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine, then admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, and finally don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nachikatsura-cho tour planner.

You can drive from Tsuruoka to Nachikatsura-cho in 11.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Traveling from Tsuruoka in September, expect Nachikatsura-cho to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Taiji-cho, Shingu
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
Kumano Hayatama Taisha ©
Kumano Hayatama Taisha

4
nights
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Takachiho Shrine and Kaguraden. Visit Amano Iwato Shrine and Aratate Shrine for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Takachiho-cho: Aso (Aso Mizuki Meguri & Daikanbo), Omi Shrine (in Hyuga) and Kamishikimi Kumanoimasu Shrine (in Takamori-machi). The adventure continues: go for a walk through Amanoyasu Kawara, explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, make a trip to Yamanami Highway, and explore the activities along Ikeyama Springs.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Takachiho-cho sightseeing website .

Do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Nachikatsura-cho to Takachiho-cho in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Takachiho-cho, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Hagi.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Tsuno-cho, Aso, Yamanami Highway, Heitate Shrine, Myojin Pond Meisui Park
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara

4
nights
Hagi

Hagi ©
A quiet castle town with a wealth of historic sites, Hagi draws visitors with its solid collection of traditional Japanese architecture.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shoka Village School and Shoin Shrine. Get a sense of the local culture at Taikodani Inari Shrine and Birth Place of Shoin Yoshida. Venture out of the city with trips to Nagato (Motonosumiinari Shrine & Ryuguno Shiofuki), Masuda (Manpukuji Temple, Kakinomoto Shrine, & more) and Tsuwano-cho (Anno Art Museum & Otome Mountain Path Maria Cathedral). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Shizuki Park (Hagi Castle), get to know the fascinating history of Old Hagi Han School Meirinkan, steep yourself in history at Hamasaki Machiya Preservation Area, and see the interesting displays at Hagi Uragami Museum.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hagi road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Takachiho-cho to Hagi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in September, you will find days in Hagi are little chillier (29°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Matsue.

Things to do in Hagi

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Tsuwano-cho, Masuda, Nagato
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Shoin Shrine ©
Shoin Shrine
Shizuki Park (Hagi Castle) ©
Shizuki Park (Hagi Castle)
Motonosumi Shrine ©
Motonosumi Shrine

4
nights
Matsue

Matsue ©
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Adachi Museum of Art and Yaegaki Shrine. Step off the beaten path and head to Former Taisha Station and Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse. Get out of town with these interesting Matsue side-trips: Kiyomizu-dera Temple (in Yasugi), Shoji Ueda Museum of Photography (in Hoki-cho) and Izumo (Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, Izumo Taisha Shrine, & more). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Matsue Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Oki Shrine, and make a trip to Buke Yashiki.

Plan a trip to Matsue easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Getting from Hagi to Matsue by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In September, daytime highs in Matsue are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Izumo, Yasugi, Shoji Ueda Museum of Photography, Oki Shrine, Takuhi Shrine - Takubi Shrine
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine
Hinomisaki Shrine ©
Hinomisaki Shrine
Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse ©
Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Daishoin Temple and JMSDF Kure Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Itsukushima Shrine and Miyajima. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii & Mikasahama Beach), Senkoji & Senkoji Park (in Onomichi) and Imabari (Oyamazumi Shrine & Anaba Shrine). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Ground Zero, enjoy some diversion at Hiroshima Green Arena, and make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima vacation planner .

Drive from Matsue to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Imabari, Senkoji & Senkoji Park, JMSDF Kure Museum
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 4:
Highlights from your plan
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tofuku-ji Temple and Tenryuji Temple. Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-ji are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Nara to see Kasuga Grand Shrine about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and wander the streets of Gion.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka Castle, Kasuga Grand Shrine
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 8:
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Your inner history buff will appreciate The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and Ichijodani Asakurashi Ruin. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ainokura Gassho Community and Natadera Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Kanda house & Wada House), Maruoka Castle (in Sakai) and Nanto (Gokayama, Suganuma Gassho Community, & more). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, and make a trip to Higashichaya Old Town.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Nanto, Shirakawa-mura, Takayama, Ichijodani Asakurashi Ruin, Natadera Temple
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Kanda house ©
Kanda house
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community

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nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
On the 12th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ōura Church, then take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, then explore the world behind art at Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Inasayama Observation Deck. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, steep yourself in history at Nyokodo, Nagai Takashi Museum, stroll through Nagasaki Peace Park, then take an in-depth tour of 26 Martyrs Museum, then contemplate the long history of Suwa Shrine, and finally take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki day trip planning website .

Do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Kanazawa to Nagasaki in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nagasaki, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Suwa Shrine ©
Suwa Shrine
Ōura Church ©
Ōura Church

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