40 days in Japan Itinerary

40 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Akita
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Akita
— 32 nights
+3
Bus + Fly + Bus + Train:  5 h 30 min
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Oda
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Hatsukaichi
— 2 nights
+3
Train + Bus + Fly + Bus:  6 h 15 min
End: Akita

32
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Akita

Akita ©
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, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seitai Hoshikai, identify plant and animal life at Nakajimadai Recreation no Mori, and admire the natural beauty at Senshu Park.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Akita online trip planner.

If you are flying in from Poland, the closest major aiports are Sendai Airport, Niigata Airport and Hakodate Airport. January in Akita sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Akita

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Semboku, Oga, Yokote, Yurihonjo, Hachimantai
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Samurai District ©
Samurai District
Onsen Resorts
Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum ©
Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
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, appreciate the history behind Hiroshima Red Cross Hospital Workers Monument, 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 take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima day trip planner.

Getting from Akita to Hiroshima by combination of bus, flight, and train takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Akita in February, things will get a bit warmer in Hiroshima: highs are around 11°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Oda.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Higashihiroshima
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Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Kamoizumi Sake Brewery ©
Kamoizumi Sake Brewery
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

1
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Oda

Oda ©
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 reviews, more things to do, photos, 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

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Aquas
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Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine ©
Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine

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Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi ©
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.

To find where to stay, photos, 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

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Kintaikyo Bridge
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Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Mikasahama Beach ©
Mikasahama Beach
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii