43 days in Japan Itinerary

43 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Kyoto
— 8 nights
Fly
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Hakone-machi
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kamakura
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Train
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Matsumoto
— 5 nights
Train
8
Kanazawa
— 6 nights
Fly
9
Nagasaki
— 5 nights
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Hiroshima — 4 nights

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Hiroshima Museum of Art will appeal to museum buffs. Itsukushima Shrine and Atomic Bomb Dome are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Miyajima (in Hatsukaichi) and Kurashiki (Ohara Museum of Art & Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and view the masterpieces at Schmoe House.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima sightseeing planning app.

Singapore, Singapore to Hiroshima is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Hiroshima due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in September, expect Hiroshima to be a bit cooler, temps between 32°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.
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Find places to stay Sep 23 — 27:

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, then go for a walk through Himeji Castle, and then steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Himeji day trip website.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September in Himeji, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.
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Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 28:

Kyoto — 8 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Dotombori District and Nishijin Textile Center. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple & Todai-ji Temple). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, savor the flavors at Kyoto Insider Sake Experience, and take a stroll through Arashiyama.

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You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Himeji in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Kyoto, with lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Hakone-machi.
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Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 6:

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.
Visit Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum and Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and Court Doll Master Hisashige Ito XII Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakone-machi: Asaya Winery (in Koshu), Lumiere Winery (in Fuefuki) and Izu Highland Trick Clock Museum (in Ito). The adventure continues: make a trip to Mount Fuji, explore the world behind art at Narukawa Art Museum, make a splash at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun, and view the masterpieces at Hakone Craft House.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hakone-machi trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Hakone-machi by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Kyoto in October, you will find days in Hakone-machi are slightly colder (19°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kamakura.
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Find places to stay Oct 6 — 11:

Kamakura — 2 nights

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple Kannondo, contemplate the long history of Hase-dera Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kōtoku-in. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): examine the collection at Kanagawa Prefectural Nature Conservation Center, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Joukoumyouji Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kamakura online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Kamakura takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.
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Find places to stay Oct 11 — 13:

Tokyo — 6 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.
Tokyo National Museum and National Museum of Nature and Science will appeal to museum buffs. Head to Ginza and Takeshita Streetfor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and Yokohama Museum of Art (in Minatomirai). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Odaiba District, indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, and visit Akihabara.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

You can drive from Kamakura to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Kamakura, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Matsumoto.
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Find places to stay Oct 13 — 19:

Matsumoto — 5 nights

A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall and Chihiro Art Museum Azumino. Get some cultural insight at Matsumoto Castle and Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Matsumoto: Takayama (Sanmachi Suji, Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), &more), Maihime Breweries (in Suwa) and Okaya (Prince & Skyline Museum & Ilf Doga Museum). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, take a stroll through Nawate Shopping District, examine the collection at Matsumoto City Museum, and relax and rejuvenate at Zuisho Matsumotokan.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Matsumoto day trip website.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Matsumoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in October, expect Matsumoto to be slightly colder, temps between 21°C and 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.
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Find places to stay Oct 19 — 24:

Kanazawa — 6 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Higashichaya Old Town and Nomura Family Samurai House will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will appreciate Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen and Dolls Museum. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses), Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui) and Inami Betsuin Zuisen-ji Temple (in Nanto). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, make a trip to Omicho Market, and admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip planner.

Take a train from Matsumoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Nagasaki.
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Find places to stay Oct 24 — 30:

Nagasaki — 5 nights

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. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Get a sense of the local culture at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. Museum-lovers will appreciate Dejima and Siebold Memorial Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagasaki: Balinese Salon Sasebo (in Sasebo), Yokan Museum (in Ogi) and Hataman (in Imari). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Ōura Church, and examine the collection at Nagasaki Shipyard Museum.

To find out how to plan a trip to Nagasaki, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Kanazawa to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in October, Nagasaki is a bit warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can fly back home.
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Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 4:

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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