46 days in Japan Itinerary

46 days in Japan Itinerary

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46 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 15​min
2
Misawa
— 14 nights
Drive:  9​h
3
Nanto
— 13 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Nara
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Kumano
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Seattle

1
night
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.
To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip site .

Seattle, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Seattle to Tokyo, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seattle in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Tokyo, with lows around 67°F. You'll set off for Misawa on the 23rd (Sun).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Jun 22 — 23:

14
nights
Misawa

Misawa ©
Misawa is a city located in Aomori Prefecture, Japan., the city had an estimated population of 39,649, and a population density of 331 persons per km². Discover out-of-the-way places like Misawa Aviation & Science Museum and Aeon Mall Shimoda. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Misawa: Rokkasho-mura (Rokkasho-mura Cultural Exchange Plaza, Rokkasho Visitors Center, & more), Tohoku-machi (Lake Ogawara Park, Lake Ogawara, & more) and Oirase-cho (The Oldest Ginkgo & Oirase-cho Ginkgo Park). There's still lots to do: walk around Misawa City Shiminnomori Park, admire all the interesting features of Kawayo Green Farm, head off the coast to Natsudomari Peninsula, and take an in-depth tour of Terayama Shuji Memorial.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Misawa road trip site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tokyo to Misawa. Traveling from Tokyo in June, expect Misawa to be little chillier, temps between 65°F and 58°F. You'll set off for Shirakawa on the 7th (Sun).

Things to do in Misawa

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Oirase-cho, Rokkasho-mura, Tohoku-machi, Noheji-machi, Higashi Tsugaru-gun
Find places to stay Jun 23 — Jul 7:
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Shimoda Park ©
Shimoda Park
Misawa Aviation & Science Museum
Misawa Aviation & Science Museum
Terayama Shuji Memorial ©
Terayama Shuji Memorial

13
nights
Nanto

Nanto ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory and Tenshukakau Observatory. Change things up with these side-trips from Nanto: Rail - MTB Gattan Go!! (in Hida), Hakusan (Fukube Falls, Ubagataki Falls, & more) and Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, & more).

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Nanto tour builder .

Getting from Misawa to Nanto by car takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: fly. Traveling from Misawa in July, expect Nanto to be a bit warmer, temps between 86°F and 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Nara.

Things to do in Nanto

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Hakusan, Takaoka, Hakui, Gujo
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 21:
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Mount Hakusan ©
Mount Hakusan
Tenshukakau Observatory ©
Tenshukakau Observatory
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

2
nights
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodaiji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, then contemplate the long history of Todai-ji Temple, then explore the galleries of Nara National Museum, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Wakakusa. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Yakushi-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Horyu-ji Temple, then stop by Naramachi Nakanishi Yosaburo, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Harushika Brewery.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Nara road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Nanto to Nara takes 4 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Nanto in July since evenings lows in Nara dip to 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kumano.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Horyu-ji Temple
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 23:
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Toshodaiji Temple ©
Toshodaiji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple

6
nights
Kumano

Kumano ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nachi Mitaki Falls and Hashigui Rock. Venture out of the city with trips to Kujirahama Beach (in Taiji-cho), Kumano Hayatama Taisha (in Shingu) and Nachikatsura-cho (Kinomatsushima Island, Seigantoji Temple, & more).

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kumano driving holiday planning site .

You can drive from Nara to Kumano in 3.5 hours. While traveling from Nara, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kumano, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kumano

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nachikatsura-cho, Totsukawa-mura, Mount Odaigahara, Kujirahama Beach, Hashigui Rock
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 29:
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Nachi Mitaki Falls ©
Nachi Mitaki Falls
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Kumano Hayatama Taisha ©
Kumano Hayatama Taisha

7
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kamogawa Sea World and Ueno. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Naka (Sankeien Gardens & Yokohama Port Osanbashi International Passenger Terminal). Have a day of magic on the 3rd (Sat) at Tokyo Disneyland. See some other sides of Tokyo: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Odaiba, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kumano to Tokyo. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Yokohama, Tokyo Disneyland, Kamogawa Sea World
Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 5:
Highlights from your plan
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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