42 days in Japan Itinerary

42 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
2
Hatsukaichi
— 3 nights
3
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
4
Osaka
— 5 nights
5
Nara
— 4 nights
6
Kyoto
— 5 nights
7
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
8
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
9
Kashiwa
— 2 nights
10
Tokyo
— 6 nights

3
nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
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.
Step out of Nagasaki to go to Sasebo and see Huis Ten Bosch, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, stroll through Glover Garden, enjoy the sand and surf at Takahama Beach, and walk around Nabekanmuriyama Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Nagasaki route builder website.

Sydney, Australia to Nagasaki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In October, daily temperatures in Nagasaki can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nagao Castle Park, Huis Ten Bosch
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 10:
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch

3
nights
Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Explore Hatsukaichi's surroundings by going to Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni), Ryuunji Temple (in Hamada) and Kanyoji Temple (in Shunan). And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daishoin Temple, take a peaceful walk through Misen Wild Woods, and look for gifts at Itsukushima Gekijyo.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hatsukaichi day trip planning app.

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hatsukaichi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around °C in October, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Kintaikyo Bridge, Ryuunji Temple, Kanyoji Temple
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 13:
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Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Miyajima
Miyajima
Mt. Misen ©
Mt. Misen

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama), Senseki Garden (in Higashihiroshima) and Kurashiki (Ohara Museum of Art & Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima road trip planner.

Hiroshima is just a short distance from Hatsukaichi. In October, daytime highs in Hiroshima are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Kurashiki, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Senseki Garden, Kosanji Temple
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 17:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

5
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Himeji (Koko-en, Himeji Castle, &more), Kobe (Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum & Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution) and Koya-cho (Torodo Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, &more). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, take a stroll through Dotombori District, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and stop by Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around °C in October, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Himeji, Koya-cho, Kobe
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 22:
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

4
nights
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nara: Ise Grand Shrine (in Ise), Chubu Park (in Toin-cho) and Byodoin (in Uji). There's lots more to do: appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Nara day trip planning app.

You can drive from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daytime highs in Nara are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Muroji Temple, Osugi Canyon, Akame Shijuhachi Waterfall, Ise Grand Shrine, Chubu Park
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 26:
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

5
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and visit Gion.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around °C in October, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 31:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Ishikawa Jumoku Park (in Hakusan), Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more) and Takayama (Wine Tours & Tastings, Sanmachi Suji, &more). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, and wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kanazawa vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Takayama, Ishikawa Jumoku Park
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 4:
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

4
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Get out of town with these interesting Fujikawaguchiko-machi side-trips: Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine (in Fujinomiya), Matsumoto Castle (in Matsumoto) and Doryuno Falls (in Hokuto). There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, take a memorable drive along Nishiizu Skyline, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kawaguchi, and take in the awesome beauty at Ryugatake.

Planning Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Drive from Kanazawa to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. When traveling from Kanazawa in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kashiwa.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Izu, Fujiyoshida, Ryugatake, Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi

2
nights
Kashiwa

Kashiwa ©
Kashiwa is a city located in northwestern Chiba Prefecture, Japan. On the 9th (Mon), learn more about the world around you at Ibaraki Nature Museum, thentee off at Murasaki Country Club Murasaki Ayame Course, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koryu-zan Tokaiji Temple, and finally see the interesting displays at The World Doll Museum. Keep things going the next day: walk around Tsukuba City Hanabatake Neighborhood Park, look for gifts at Maruyama Nori Tsukuba Factory Shop, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hojuin Temple Kannon Building, thentake in panoramic vistas at I-link Town Observatory, and finally stroll around Matsudo East Matsudo Yuinohana Park.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kashiwa travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Kashiwa in 2.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Kashiwa are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kashiwa

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hojuin Temple Kannon Building, Matsudo East Matsudo Yuinohana Park, Maruyama Nori Tsukuba Factory Shop, Tsukuba City Hanabatake Neighborhood Park, I-link Town Observatory
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
The World Doll Museum ©
The World Doll Museum

6
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
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 is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Tokyo online holiday maker.

Traveling by car from Kashiwa to Tokyo takes an hour. While traveling from Kashiwa, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. On the 16th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 16:
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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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