42 days in Japan Itinerary

42 days in Japan Itinerary

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42 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Bejaia
Fly:  27​h
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Nagoya
— 5 nights
train:  45​min
4
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train:  45​min
5
Himeji
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
6
Hiroshima
— 5 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
7
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  6​h
8
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly:  33​h
End: Bejaia

5
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.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Urayasu and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 21st (Thu) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's much more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo tour itinerary maker tool .

Bejaia, Algeria to Tokyo is an approximately 27-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Bejaia to Tokyo. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Bejaia in February; daily highs in Tokyo reach 12°C and lows reach 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

5
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha (in Hida), Takayama (Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), Hida Takayama Museum of Art, & more) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, and admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa holiday maker app .

Take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in February: highs in Kanazawa hover around 7°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha, Nakaya Ukichiro Museum of Snow and Ice
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Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

5
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.
Explore Nagoya's surroundings by going to Inuyama Castle (in Inuyama), Chubu Park (in Toin-cho) and Toba (Mikimoto Pearl Island & Toba Aquarium). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, and enjoy some diversion at Kasumi Yumekujira Park.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagoya tour itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Kanazawa to Nagoya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. February in Nagoya sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Ise, Toba, Chubu Park, Kasumi Yumekujira Park, Inuyama Castle
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Chubu Park ©
Chubu Park
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

6
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.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Dotonbori, & more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, go for a walk through Arashiyama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto tour planner.

You can take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Jishu Shrine
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

4
nights
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.
Explore Himeji's surroundings by going to Korakuen Garden (in Okayama), Chinatown (Nankinmachi) (in Chuo) and Otabu Gyoko Genroku Bohatei (in Bizen). There's still lots to do: go for a walk through Himeji Castle, admire all the interesting features of Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Himeji holiday maker site .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Himeji are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Kobe, Otabu Gyoko Genroku Bohatei, Wakasu Kogen Oya Ski Area, Korakuen Garden, Sumiyoshi Shrine
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Korakuen Garden ©
Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden

5
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Miyajima, & more), Matsuyama (Ishiteji, Dogo Onsengai, & more) and Yamato Museum (in Kure). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hiroshima journey planner .

Getting from Himeji to Hiroshima by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Matsuyama, Tobishima Kaido, Yamato Museum
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

3
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo (about 1h 15 min away). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, snap pictures at Megane Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sofukuji Temple, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Nagasaki route maker .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trip

Huis Ten Bosch
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

4
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, stroll through Yonehara Beach, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki day trip app .

Getting from Nagasaki to Ishigaki by combination of train and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly. Traveling from Nagasaki in March, expect Ishigaki to be a bit warmer, temps between 26°C and 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

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