43 days in Japan Itinerary

43 days in Japan Itinerary

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43 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Newcastle upon Tyne
+2
train + subway + Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Ishigaki
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  6​h
2
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Kabira Bay and Yonehara Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cape Hirakubozaki and MInsah Kogei Museum. There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, and stop by Pinion Direct Shop.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki sightseeing planner .

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK to Ishigaki is an approximately 24-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Newcastle upon Tyne to Ishigaki. Traveling from Newcastle upon Tyne in February, things will get much hotter in Ishigaki: highs are around 25°C and lows about 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to 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 ©
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Glover Garden and Nagasaki Peace Park. Appreciate the collections at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and Kyugosho Memorial Exhibit. Take a break from Nagasaki with a short trip to Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo, about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catholic Church Hongouchi, step off the mainland to explore Hashima Island, and examine the collection at Nagasaki Shipyard Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Nagasaki trip itinerary planning website .

Do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Nagasaki in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Ishigaki in February, expect Nagasaki to be much colder, temps between 12°C and 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

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.
On the 28th (Thu), make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally make a trip to Miyajima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima travel route website .

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. 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 Parks

Side Trip

Miyajima
Find places to stay Feb 27 — Mar 1:
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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.
For shopping fun, head to Dotonbori or Shinsaibashi. Get some cultural insight at Gion and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Nara (Nara Park, Nigatsu-do Temple, & more). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and see the interesting displays at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto day trip planning tool .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Kyoto sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. 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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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Mikimoto Pearl Island and Yamazaki River. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Kobegama and Sakae. Explore Nagoya's surroundings by going to Inuyama Castle (in Inuyama), Ai Chikyuhaku Kinenkan (in Nagakute) and Ise (Okage Yokocho & Okageza). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, get engrossed in the history at Kitanagoya City Folk History Museum, meet the residents at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, and look for all kinds of wild species at Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Nagoya road trip planning tool .

Take a train from Kyoto to Nagoya in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 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, Mikimoto Pearl Island, Kitanagoya City Folk History Museum
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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.
Get outdoors at Mount Fuji and Fujimi Panorama Resort. Go for a jaunt from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Fuji to see Nature & Wildlife Tours about 1h 10 min away. Spend the 15th (Fri) exploring nature at Fuji Hakone Izu National Park. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kawaguchi, see the interesting displays at Kawaguchiko Muse Museum, identify plant and animal life at Sankodai, and hike along Momiji Tunnel.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi attractions planner.

Getting from Nagoya to Fujikawaguchiko-machi by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in March, expect nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are little chillier, around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Chubu, Nature & Wildlife Tours, 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and Hakuba Snow Sports School. Explore Yamanouchi-machi's surroundings by going to Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort (in Nozawaonsen-mura), Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort (in Hakuba-mura) and Iizuna Resort (in Iizuna-machi). On the 21st (Thu), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Shigakogen Yakebitaiyama Ski Area. Next up on the itinerary: fly down the slopes at Ryuoo Mountain Park.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Yamanouchi-machi online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Yamanouchi-machi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in March, Yamanouchi-machi is little chillier at night with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

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.
Tokyo National Museum and Art Jeunesse Akihabara will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Odaiba and Senso-ji Temple. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Ghibli Museum Mitaka in Mitaka--about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, take a stroll through Harajuku Takeshita-dori, ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, and shop like a local with Ginza.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip builder site .

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Yamanouchi-machi to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in March, with highs in Tokyo at 17°C and lows at 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Find places to stay Mar 23 — 31:
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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