42 days in Japan Itinerary

42 days in Japan Itinerary

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42 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  15 h 15 min
1
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
2
Hatsukaichi
— 3 nights
Train:  15 min
3
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Osaka
— 5 nights
Train:  45 min
5
Nara
— 4 nights
Train:  45 min
6
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
7
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
8
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
9
Kashiwa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
10
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  13 h 15 min
End: Sydney

3
nights
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture

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.
Take a break from Nagasaki with a short trip to Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo, about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple, stroll through Glover Garden, and walk around Nagasaki Peace Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Nagasaki trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Nagasaki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Nagasaki, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in Nagasaki can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to catch the 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Hatsukaichi: Kanyoji Temple (in Shunan), Ryuunji Temple (in Hamada) and Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine, delve into the lush surroundings at Misen Wild Woods, get outside with Paddle Park, and look for gifts at Itsukushima Gekijyo.

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Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hatsukaichi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Hatsukaichi can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can take a train 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kurashiki (Ohara Museum of Art & Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter), Senseki Garden (in Higashihiroshima) and Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kosanji Temple, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima route planning app .

Hiroshima is just a stone's throw from Hatsukaichi. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Kurashiki, Senseki Garden, Okayama Korakuen 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum (in Higashinada), Koya-cho (Torodo Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, &more) and Himeji (Koko-en, Himeji Castle, &more). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, don't miss a visit to Ajigawa Tunnel, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka day trip tool .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. October in Osaka sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Himeji, Kobe
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nara: Ise Grand Shrine (in Ise), Byodoin (in Uji) and Chubu Park (in Toin-cho). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, and stroll around Nara Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Nara online route maker .

Take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Byodoin, Akame Shijuhachi Waterfall, Osugi Canyon, Chubu Park, Muroji Temple
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise 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, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, don't miss a visit to Arashiyama, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by train from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and subway. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train 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
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ishikawa Jumoku Park (in Hakusan), Takayama (Wine Tours & Tastings, Sanmachi Suji, &more) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa road trip website .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Ishikawa Jumoku Park
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 4:
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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: Matsumoto Castle (in Matsumoto), Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine (in Fujinomiya) and Doryuno Falls (in Hokuto). The adventure continues: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, get great views at Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck, explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi, and find something for the whole family at Fuji-Q Highland.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Kanazawa to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from Kanazawa, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Kashiwa.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Izu, Fujiyoshida, Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, Doryuno Falls, 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, play a few rounds at Murasaki Country Club Murasaki Ayame Course, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koryu-zan Tokaiji Temple, and finally examine the collection at The World Doll Museum. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Tsukuba City Hanabatake Neighborhood Park, look for gifts at Maruyama Nori Tsukuba Factory Shop, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hojuin Temple Kannon Building, then enjoy breathtaking views from I-link Town Observatory, and finally walk around Matsudo East Matsudo Yuinohana Park.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kashiwa trip planner.

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Kashiwa in 2.5 hours. In November in Kashiwa, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kashiwa

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Maruyama Nori Tsukuba Factory Shop, Matsudo East Matsudo Yuinohana Park, The World Doll Museum, Hojuin Temple Kannon Building, Murasaki Country Club Murasaki Ayame Course
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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and find something for the whole family at Tokyo Disneyland.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo route maker website .

Traveling by car from Kashiwa to Tokyo takes an hour. While traveling from Kashiwa, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 11°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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