43 days in Japan Itinerary

43 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Nagasaki
— 4 nights
2
Hiroshima
— 5 nights
3
Himeji
— 4 nights
4
Kyoto
— 7 nights
5
Nagoya
— 6 nights
6
Kanazawa
— 6 nights
7
Tokyo
— 9 nights

4
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.
Go for a jaunt from Nagasaki to Sasebo to see Huis Ten Bosch about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, take in panoramic vistas at Inasayama Observation Deck, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, and snap pictures at Megane Bridge.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Nagasaki sightseeing tool.

Atlanta, USA to Nagasaki is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Atlanta to Nagasaki. Expect a daytime high around °F in May, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Huis Ten Bosch, Nagao Castle Park
Find places to stay May 14 — 18:
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

5
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: Mt. Misen (in Miyajima), Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni) and Hatsukaichi (Paddle Park, Miyajima, &more). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip planner.

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kintaikyo Bridge
Find places to stay May 18 — 23:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

4
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kunimi no Mori Park (in Shiso), Okayama (Tatsunokuchi Green Shower Forest, Okayama Korakuen Garden, &more) and Bizen (Hattoji Furusatomura, Irigyogyo Kyodo Kumiai Manaichi, &more). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, and get to know the fascinating history of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Himeji online trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Okayama, Kurashiki, Bizen, Kunimi no Mori Park, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Find places to stay May 23 — 27:
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art

7
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Dotombori (Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori & Dotombori District), Jishu Shrine (in Otsu) and Osaka (Imperial Hotel Plaza Osaka & Universal Studios Japan). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, go for a walk through Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Todai-ji Temple, and don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Himeji in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara, Jishu Shrine
Find places to stay May 27 — Jun 3:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

6
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Explore Nagoya's surroundings by going to Toba Aquarium (in Toba), Kainan Kodomonokuni (in Yatomi) and Ise (Okage Yokocho, Ise Grand Shrine, &more). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, make a trip to Former Kasuyatei, explore the historical opulence of Inuyama Castle, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Nagoya sightseeing planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Nagoya in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kyoto in June: highs in Nagoya hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Nishio, Ise, Kuwana, Jozanen, Spas
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 9:
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Chubu Park ©
Chubu Park
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine

6
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: Gokayama (in Nanto), Shirakawa-mura (Tenshukakau Observatory, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more) and Takayama (Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), Sanmachi Suji, &more). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Yachiya Sake Brewery.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Nagoya to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Gokayama, Amo Natural Park
Find places to stay Jun 9 — 15:
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

9
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Yokohama (Yokohama Negishi Forest Park, Sankeien Gardens, &more) and Hakone-machi (Hakone Ropeway, The Hakone Open-Air Museum, &more). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, take a stroll through Odaiba District, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tokyo online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. June in Tokyo sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Yokohama, Hakone-machi, Urayasu
Find places to stay Jun 15 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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