43 days in Japan Itinerary

43 days in Japan Itinerary

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Nagasaki
— 3 nights
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Izumo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
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Tokyo
— 8 nights
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Drive
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Ise
— 3 nights
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
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Ishigaki
— 6 nights
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Nagasaki — 3 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.
Glover Garden and Nagasaki Peace Park will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture and Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, take an in-depth tour of 26 Martyrs Museum, and step off the mainland to explore Hashima Island.

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Singapore, Singapore to Nagasaki is an approximately 9-hour flight. Traveling from Singapore to Nagasaki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Singapore in September, with highs in Nagasaki at 32°C and lows at 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can fly to Izumo.
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Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:

Izumo — 3 nights

Nestled in the shadows of the Chugoku Mountains, historic Izumo boasts one of Japan's oldest Shinto shrines.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Adachi Museum of Art and Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo. Step off the beaten path and head to Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse and Hinomisaki Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Izumo: Matsue (Buke Yashiki, Yaegaki Shrine, &more). There's more to do: contemplate the long history of Former Taisha Station.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Izumo trip app.

Fly from Nagasaki to Izumo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nagasaki in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Izumo, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Hiroshima.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 29:

Hiroshima — 4 nights

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Yamato Museum and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ohara Museum of Art and Hiroshima Museum of Art. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Japanese Rural Toy Museum (in Kurashiki), Itsukushima Shrine (in Hatsukaichi) and JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Izumo to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 3:

Kyoto — 7 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kyoto Insider Sake Experience and Kofuku-ji Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, contemplate the long history of Yasakanoto, and don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip app.

Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Tokyo.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Wineries
Side Trips
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 10:

Tokyo — 8 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Pola Museum of Art and Takeshita Street. Discover out-of-the-way places like Zojo-ji Temple and Taiyuimbyo Shrine. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple & Kōtoku-in) and Nikko Tosho-gu (in Nikko). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, wander the streets of Ginza, and don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower.

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Fly from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can fly to Kanazawa.
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Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
Side Trips
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 18:

Kanazawa — 5 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and D. T. Suzuki Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple and Ainokura Gassho Community. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Takayama Jinya (in Takayama), Shirakawa-mura (Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more) and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oyama Shrine, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden.

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Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Ise.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Scenic Drive
Side Trips
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 23:

Ise — 3 nights

A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Futami Okitama Shrine and Sengukan. Get a sense of the local culture at Sarutahiko Shrine and Meotoiwa Rocks. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Shrine Geku, contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi, and see the interesting displays at Okageza.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Ise driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Ise in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kanazawa in October, Ise is a bit warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Miyakojima.
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Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 26:

Miyakojima — 3 nights

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Toguchi no Hama. There's much more to do: get outside with Aragusuku Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, make a trip to Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Miyakojima trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Ise to Miyakojima in 4 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Ise in October; daily highs in Miyakojima reach 33°C and lows reach 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Ishigaki.
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Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 29:

Ishigaki — 6 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement. Step off the beaten path and head to Yonehara Beach and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, stop by Yurateiku Market, go for a walk through Cape Ongazaki, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Ishigaki travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours
Side Trips
Find places to stay Oct 29 — 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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