46 days in Japan Itinerary

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Sapporo
— 5 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
Drive
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Kamakura
— 5 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 5 nights
Fly
5
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Drive
6
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train
7
Himeji
— 1 night
Train
8
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Ferry to Motobu-cho
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Motobu-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Naha
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 2 nights
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Sapporo — 5 nights

CIty of Ramen

A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Venture out of the city with trips to Noboribetsu (Spas, Jigokudani, &more) and Otaru (Otaru Canal & Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building). There's lots more to do: walk around Odori Park, stroll through Mt. Moiwa, make a trip to Sapporo Clock Tower, and take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sapporo road trip site.

London, UK to Sapporo is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Japan Standard Time is 9 hours. Traveling from London in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 19°C in Sapporo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Tokyo.
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Tokyo — 7 nights

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 30 minutes away). Have a day of magic on the 11th (Sun) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Skytree, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Tokyo tour app.

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Sapporo - with highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kamakura.
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Kamakura — 5 nights

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Change things up with a short trip to Moroiso Shores in Miura (about 52 minutes away). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, trek along Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi, and step off the mainland to explore Enoshima Island.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Kamakura trip tool.

Drive from Tokyo to Kamakura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in June, expect nights in Kamakura to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hakone-machi.
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Hakone-machi — 5 nights

Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Get out of town with these interesting Hakone-machi side-trips: Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck (in Yamanakako-mura), Fujiyoshida (Shinsekai Kanpai Street & Onshirin Garden) and Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi). The adventure continues: make a trip to Mount Fuji, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashinoko, sample the tasty concoctions at Baird Brewery Gardens Shuzenji, and explore the world behind art at Narukawa Art Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kamakura to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In June in Hakone-machi, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Kanazawa.
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Kanazawa — 5 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Takayama (Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), Takayama Jinya, &more), Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more) and Nanto (Suganuma Gassho Community & Angoji Temple). There's still lots to do: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip itinerary planning site.

Fly from Hakone-machi to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Hakone-machi in June, you will find days in Kanazawa are somewhat warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.
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Kyoto — 4 nights

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.
Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Dotombori to see Dotombori District about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, make a trip to Nijo Castle, and see the interesting displays at Kyoto International Manga Museum.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto route builder tool.

Drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.
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Himeji — 1 night

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.
On the 7th (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, get in on the family fun at Himeji Central Park, and then trek along Mt Shosha hiking.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Himeji journey site.

Take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kyoto in July: highs in Himeji hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.
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Hiroshima — 4 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Senjokaku, Itsukushima Shrine, &more) and Miyajima (Mt. Misen & Kuguri Rock). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, and admire the landmark architecture of Peace Clock Tower.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima tour planning app.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Motobu-cho.
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Motobu-cho — 3 nights

Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Motobu-cho: Kouri Ohashi (in Nakijin-son), Kunigami-son (Okuma Beach & Cape Hedo) and Ishiyama Viewing Platform (in Ogimi-son). The adventure continues: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, have fun at Nago Pineapple Park, contemplate the long history of Nakijin Castle Ruins, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Motobu-cho online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Hiroshima to Motobu-cho takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Naha.
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Naha — 2 nights

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
On the 15th (Sat), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, make a trip to Onna Station Nakayukui Market, then Head underground at Blue Cave, and finally don't miss a visit to Cape Maeda. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Makishi Public Market, make a trip to Kokusaidori, then make a trip to Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road, then get to know the fascinating history of Shurijo Castle, and finally kick back and relax at Naminoue Beach.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Naha trip builder tool.

You can drive from Motobu-cho to Naha in 2 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Naha are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Ishigaki.
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Ishigaki — 2 nights

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.
On the 17th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, explore the activities along Kabira Bay, head outdoors with Yonehara Beach, then make a trip to Euglena Mall, and finally visit Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal. On the next day, see what's hidden on the seafloor at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip builder website.

You can fly from Naha to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.
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Japan travel guide

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Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.
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