46 days in Japan Itinerary

46 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
2
Hakone-machi
— 5 nights
3
Nagoya
— 5 nights
4
Kyoto
— 6 nights
5
Osaka
— 5 nights
6
Hiroshima
— 5 nights
7
Himeji
— 4 nights
8
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
9
Nikko
— 4 nights

5
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.
Have a day of magic on the 20th (Fri) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's much more to do: make a trip to Tokyo Tower, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tokyo itinerary maker app.

Lugano, Switzerland to Tokyo is an approximately 17-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Lugano to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In November, Tokyo is a bit warmer than Lugano - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 24:
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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

5
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Explore Hakone-machi's surroundings by going to Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi) and Fujiyoshida (Nishiura, Chureito Pagoda, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Choanji Temple, and get engrossed in the history at Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi visit app.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. While traveling from Tokyo, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nagoya.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Fujiyoshida, Sunset Falls, Lake Kawaguchi, Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Mount Fuji
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 29:
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Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagoya: Ise (Ise Shrine Geku, Okage Yokocho, &more), Jakkoin (in Inuyama) and Nagahama (Shakudoji Temple, Keisoku-ji Temple, &more). And it doesn't end there: walk around Chubu Park, get curious at Nagoya City Science Museum, stop by Otsukaya Kurumamichi Honten, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mt. Garyu Gyoukiji Temple.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagoya trip planner.

Drive from Hakone-machi to Nagoya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or fly. In November in Nagoya, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ise, Nagahama, Koran Valley, Chubu Park, Nabana no Sato
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 4:
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Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Chubu Park ©
Chubu Park
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium

6
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: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, go for a walk through Philosopher's Walk, make a trip to Gion, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto online travel planner.

Getting from Nagoya to Kyoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Nagoya, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 10:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Minoo Park (in Mino), Koya-cho (Kongobu-ji Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, &more) and Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, wander the streets of Dotombori District, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and take a memorable drive along Royu Driveway.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka online visit planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho, Hara Hirone Road, Minoo Park, Akamon Oneribei
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 15:
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Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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: Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni), Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Miyajima, &more). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. December in Hiroshima sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kintaikyo Bridge
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 20:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Himeji: Otabu Gyoko Genroku Bohatei (in Bizen), Ako City Folk Shiryokan (in Ako) and Okayama (Okayama Castle & Okayama Korakuen Garden). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, take in the pleasant sights at Takeda Teramachi Street, get outside with Ritsuun Gorge, and take in the spiritual surroundings of The Royal Grand Hall of Buddhism.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Himeji trip app.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Himeji sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Asago, Yabu, Okayama, Otabu Gyoko Genroku Bohatei, Ako City Folk Shiryokan
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 24:
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

5
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: Komatsu (Natadera Temple & Aratama Valley), Takayama (Hida Takayama Museum of Art & Wine Tours & Tastings) and Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, and wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

Plan my Kanazawa trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

Getting from Himeji to Kanazawa by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Himeji in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of °C in Kanazawa. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Nikko.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Komatsu, Takayama
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nikko: Ashikaga (Bannaji Hoko, Bannaji Kyodo, &more), Ryushun Fall (in Nasushiobara) and Nasu-machi (Nasu Highlands, Nasu Nature Study Paths, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls, stroll around Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, and explore the striking landscape at Kammangafuchi Gorge.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Nikko day trip planner.

Take a train from Kanazawa to Nikko in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nikko when traveling from Kanazawa in December, with lows around °C. You'll set off for home on the 2nd (Sat).

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Ashikaga, Nasu-machi, Ryushun Fall
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Kegon Falls ©
Kegon Falls
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

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