44 days in Japan Itinerary

44 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Amsterdam
Fly + Train:  17 h 15 min
1
Nikko
— 3 nights
+5
Train + Foot + Subway + Tram + Fly + Taxi:  6 h 30 min
2
Shari-cho
— 3 nights
+3
Taxi + Fly + Bus + Train:  6 h
3
Ito
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Toyooka
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
7
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
8
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+3
Train + Subway + Fly + Taxi:  4 h 30 min
9
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
+3
Taxi + Fly + Bus + Train:  7 h 15 min
10
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
+4
Bus + Fly + Foot + Bus + Ferry:  8 h 45 min
11
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1 h
12
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
13
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly:  20 h 30 min
End: Amsterdam

3
nights
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ryuokyo Canyon and Kammangafuchi Gorge. Visit Yomeimon (Main Gate) and Rinno-ji Temple for their historical value. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Yunoko Lake, steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, go for a walk through Senjogahara Field, and take in the dramatic scenery at Yudaki Falls.

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

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Nikko is an approximately 17.5- hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Nikko due to the time zone difference. In September, Nikko is a bit warmer than Amsterdam - with highs of 29°C and lows of 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trip

Nikko National Park
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 8:
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Yunoko Lake ©
Yunoko Lake
Yomeimon (Main Gate) ©
Yomeimon (Main Gate)
Ryuokyo Canyon ©
Ryuokyo Canyon

3
nights
Shari-cho

Shari-cho ©
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
Get outdoors at Shiretoko Misaki and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Discover out-of-the-way places like Shiretoko Pass and Road to Heaven. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Shari-cho: Teshikaga-cho (Mt. Io, Lake Mashu, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Godzilla Rock, take in the dramatic scenery at Oshin Koshin Falls, steep yourself in history at Old Sulfur Mining Site, and explore the striking landscape of Shiretoko Nature Center.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Shari-cho holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Nikko to Shari-cho takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Nikko in September, expect Shari-cho to be slightly colder, temps between 22°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ito.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Teshikaga-cho, Shiretoko Pass
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 11:
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Shiretoko Misaki ©
Shiretoko Misaki
Road to Heaven ©
Road to Heaven
Godzilla Rock ©
Godzilla Rock

5
nights
Ito

Ito ©
Not too far from the capital, Ito has developed a reputation as a resort town, with a fair portion of its area lying within a national park.
Get some cultural insight at Enoshima Sea Candle and Kiunkaku. Get in touch with nature at Tatadohama Beach and Miho Seacoast (Miho no Matsubara Beach). Explore Ito's surroundings by going to Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple & Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)), Enoshima Island (in Fujisawa) and Hakone-machi (Onshi Hakone Park & Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu). There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Shirahama Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Yumigahama Beach, walk around Ryugu Park, and make a trip to Chureito Pagoda.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Ito trip itinerary builder tool.

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Shari-cho to Ito in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Shari-cho in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Ito: highs are around 30°C and lows about 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Ito

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Shimoda, Fujiyoshida, Kamakura, Fujisawa, Hakone-machi
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 16:
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Jogasaki Coast ©
Jogasaki Coast
Kiunkaku ©
Kiunkaku
Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja ©
Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja

2
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): Head underground at Hida Great Limestone Cave and Ohashi Collection Kan Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hida Gokoku Shrine. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum, contemplate the long history of Kanda house, take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then enjoy breathtaking views from Tenshukakau Observatory, and finally take an in-depth tour of Old Toyama Folk House Museum.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Takayama day trip tool.

Drive from Ito to Takayama in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from Ito in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Takayama, with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Kanda house ©
Kanda house
Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine ©
Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ainokura Gassho Community and Suganuma Gassho Community. Your inner history buff will appreciate Natadera Temple and Maruoka Castle. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi), Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama) and Eiheiji-cho (Eiheijiguchi Station Old Building & Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple). There's still lots to do: visit Gokayama, contemplate the long history of Oyama Shrine, examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Chirihama Nagisa Driveway.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa road trip planning site.

You can drive from Takayama to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Toyooka.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trips

Nanto, Komatsu, Eiheiji-cho, Maruoka Castle, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Gokayama ©
Gokayama

2
nights
Toyooka

Toyooka ©
A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): contemplate the long history of Takeda Castle Ruins, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gokurakuji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Onsenji Temple, then get to know the fascinating history of Street of Kinosaki Onsen, and finally boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): snap pictures at Amarube Railroad Bridge, Sorano Eki, enjoy the sand and surf at Shotenkyo Beach, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Kinosaki Marine World, and finally kick back and relax at Hiyoriyama Seacoast.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Toyooka road trip planner.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Toyooka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Toyooka can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Toyooka

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Amarube Railroad Bridge, Sorano Eki, Takeda Castle Ruins, Shotenkyo Beach
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 24:
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Street of Kinosaki Onsen ©
Street of Kinosaki Onsen
Onsenji Temple ©
Onsenji Temple
Takeda Castle Ruins ©
Takeda Castle Ruins

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hachiman-bori and 玄宮園 - Genkyūen Garden 玄宮園. Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple) and Higashi Hongan-ji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Ise (Sarutahiko Shrine, Ise Shrine Geku, &more), Hikone Castle (in Hikone) and Nigatsu-do Temple (in Nara). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishi Honganji, explore the different monuments and memorials at Koyasan Okunoin, contemplate the long history of Kifune Shrine, and don't miss a visit to Koyasan Danjo Garan.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Toyooka to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and tram. Traveling from Toyooka in September, you will find days in Kyoto are somewhat warmer (33°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Ise, Koya-cho, Hikone, Nigatsu-do Temple, Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple)
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Hachiman-bori ©
Hachiman-bori
Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple) ©
Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple)
玄宮園 - Genkyūen Garden 玄宮園 ©
玄宮園 - Genkyūen Garden 玄宮園

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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 hidden gems such as Mitaki Temple and Mazda Museum. Get some historical perspective at Peace Flame and Daishoin Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii & Senjokaku), Kure (Yamato Museum & JMSDF Kure Museum) and Miyajima (Shiraito Falls & Momijidani Park). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, and take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Mazda Museum
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 2:
Highlights from your plan
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Peace Flame ©
Peace Flame

2
nights
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Taikoiwa, take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, then make a trip to Jōmon Sugi, and finally don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens and then get outside with Yakusugi Land.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Yakushima-cho trip itinerary planning app.

You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Hiroshima to Yakushima-cho in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Hiroshima in October since evenings lows in Yakushima-cho dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Jōmon Sugi ©
Jōmon Sugi

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nights
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Get a sense of the local culture at Tsujunkyo Bridge and Amanomanai. Get outdoors at Manai Falls and Kikuchi Gorge. Change things up with these side-trips from Takachiho-cho: Sangasho Shrine (in Gokase-cho) and Aso (Daikanbo & Kusasenrigahama). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Kunimigaoka, contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Aso, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Yasugawara, and take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Takachiho-cho route planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Takachiho-cho, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aso, Sangasho Shrine, Mt. Aso, Tsujunkyo Bridge, Kikuchi Gorge
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Manai Falls ©
Manai Falls
Tsujunkyo Bridge ©
Tsujunkyo Bridge

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nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Visiting Ida no Hama Beach and Pinaisara Falls will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Barasu Island and Kanpiree Waterfall. There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take a memorable tour with Tours, enjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach, and head off the coast to Iriomote Island.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima vacation builder website.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and ferry from Takachiho-cho to Iriomote-jima takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Takachiho-cho in October; daily highs in Iriomote-jima reach 34°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 10:
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Barasu Island ©
Barasu Island
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach

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Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Step off the beaten path and head to Island Countryside Settlement and Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Yonehara Beach. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Kaiji Beach, get great views at Cape Ongazaki, get outside with Kondoi Beach, and visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki holiday builder.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes an hour. In October, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Island Countryside Settlement
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 13:
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Scuba & Snorkeling

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Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Explore hidden gems such as Toguchi no Hama and Ikema-jima Island. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Aragusuku Beach. There's much more to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, contemplate the waterfront views at Toriike Pond, go for a walk through Nishihenna Cape, and head off the coast to Irabu-jima Island.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Miyakojima online trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2 hours. October in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama
Scuba & Snorkeling
Yabiji
Yabiji

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