43 days in Japan Itinerary

43 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Newcastle upon Tyne
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  23 h 45 min
1
Ishigaki
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  6 h
2
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train:  45 min
5
Nagoya
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
7
Yamanouchi-machi
— 6 nights
Taxi + Train:  2 h 30 min
8
Tokyo
— 8 nights
Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: Newcastle upon Tyne

5
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.
Appreciate the collections at Ishigaki Yaima Village and MInsah Kogei Museum. Get in touch with nature at Kabira Bay and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. The adventure continues: get outside with Cape Hirakubozaki, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, cruise along Nagurao Bridge, and stop by Pinion Direct Shop.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki online visit planner.

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK to Ishigaki is an approximately 22- hour combination of train, subway, and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newcastle upon Tyne to Ishigaki is 9 hours. Traveling from Newcastle upon Tyne in February, things will get warmer in Ishigaki: highs are around 25°C and lows about 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

3
nights
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture

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.
Popular historic sites such as Glover Garden and Nagasaki Peace Park are in your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Mt. Inasa and Hashima Island. Change things up with a short trip to Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo (about 1h 15 min away). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, examine the collection at Dejima, pause for some serene contemplation at Ōura Church, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Catholic Church Hongouchi.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Nagasaki online day trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Nagasaki in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Ishigaki in February; daily highs in Nagasaki reach 12°C and lows reach 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally head off the coast to Miyajima. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip planner.

Getting from Nagasaki to Hiroshima by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In February in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Miyajima
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Do your shopping at Dotombori and Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Nara (Nara Park, Nigatsu-do Temple, &more). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, and make a trip to Heian Shrine.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto driving holiday tool.

Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Kyoto are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Nara, Osaka
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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.
For shopping fun, head to Kobegama or Sakae. Popular historic sites such as Nagoya Castle and Nunoike Catholic Cathedral are in your itinerary. Explore Nagoya's surroundings by going to Mikimoto Pearl Island (in Toba), Ai Chikyuhaku Kinenkan (in Nagakute) and Ise (Okage Yokocho & Okageza). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, make a trip to Osu Shopping Street, admire the masterpieces at Tokugawa Art Museum, and step into the grandiose world of Inuyama Castle.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Nagoya online route planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Nagoya are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Nagakute, Ise, Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank, Kitanagoya City Folk History Museum, Kobegama
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Mikimoto Pearl Island ©
Mikimoto Pearl Island
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

5
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Escape the urban bustle at Mount Fuji and Sankodai. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Fuji) and Fujimi Panorama Resort (in Fujimi-machi). Spend the 15th (Fri) exploring nature at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. There's much more to do: go for a walk through Lake Kawaguchi, explore the world behind art at Kawaguchiko Muse Museum, Atae Yuki Bldg., and tour the pleasant surroundings at Momiji Tunnel.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nagoya to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Nagoya in March, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Mount Fuji, Fujimi Panorama Resort
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park ©
Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi

6
nights
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Get in touch with nature at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Yamanouchi-machi: Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort (in Nozawaonsen-mura), Iizuna Resort (in Iizuna-machi) and Hakuba Snow Sports School (in Hakuba-mura). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at Shigakogen Yakebitaiyama Ski Area. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Ryuoo Mountain Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Yamanouchi-machi planner.

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Yamanouchi-machi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of train and taxi. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in March since evenings lows in Yamanouchi-machi dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Hakuba-mura, Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, Iizuna Resort
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ©
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort ©
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort

8
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.
Visit Senso-ji Temple and The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin) for their historical value. Appreciate the collections at Tokyo National Museum and Ghibli Museum Mitaka. And it doesn't end there: stop by Odaiba, engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, shop like a local with Art Jeunesse Akihabara, and wander the streets of Akihabara.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip planning app.

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Yamanouchi-machi to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in March: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 17°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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