40 days in Japan Itinerary
40 days in Japan Itinerary
Created using Inspirock Japan itinerary planner
Route & dates
Akita— 32 nights
Fly to Itami, Bus to Osaka, Train to Hiroshima
Hiroshima— 2 nights
Oda— 1 night
Hatsukaichi— 2 nights
Train to Osaka, Bus to Itami, Fly to Akita
Fri, Jan 11 - Tue, Feb 19
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The coastal city of Akita has gained a wider reputation for its Kanto Matsuri, or "pole lantern festival," where skilled performers balance long bamboo poles on their foreheads with glowing paper lanterns attached to the end.Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Akita: Semboku (Lake Tazawa, Ishiguro Samurai House, &more), Morioka Handi-Works Square (in Morioka) and Shizukuishi-cho (Koiwai Farm, Mt. Iwate, &more). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Masuda Storehouses, fly down the slopes at Mt.Moriyoshi ANI SKI RESORT, admire the masterpieces at Akita Museum Of Art, and see the interesting displays at Akita city Minzoku Geinou Densho-kan.
To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Akita day trip planning tool.
If you are flying in from Poland, the closest major aiports are Sendai Airport, Niigata Airport and Hakodate Airport. In January, daily temperatures in Akita can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.
Things to do in Akita
Semboku, Oga, Yokote, Yurihonjo, Nikaho
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City of Peace
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): take a stroll through Saijo, then sample the tasty concoctions at Kamoizumi Sake Brewery, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, and finally get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.
For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima road trip site.
Getting from Akita to Hiroshima by combination of flight, bus, and train takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Akita in February; daily highs in Hiroshima reach 11°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Oda.
Things to do in Hiroshima
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The small town of Oda, situated in central Shimane, lies nestled in the foothills of the prefecture's tallest mountain, overlooking the scenic coastline of the Sea of Japan.Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquas, witness a stunning natural landmark at Yunotsu Onsen, and then get engrossed in the history at Iwami Ginzan World Heritage Center. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Daisen-Oki National Park Mt. Sambe, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at 500 Luohans, and finally don't miss a visit to Omori Townscape.
To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Oda trip planning tool.
Drive from Hiroshima to Oda in 2.5 hours. February in Oda sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Hatsukaichi.
Things to do in Oda
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The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): snap pictures at Hiroshima Hatsukaichi Bridge, then kick back and relax at Mikasahama Beach, then head off the coast to Miyajima, and finally contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daishoin Temple, then look for gifts at Itsukushima Gekijyo, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Kintaikyo Bridge.
For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hatsukaichi trip planning app.
You can drive from Oda to Hatsukaichi in 2.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Hatsukaichi are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Things to do in Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 19: