48 days in Japan Itinerary

48 days in Japan Itinerary

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48 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Quebec
+3
Fly + Train + Foot + Train:  18 h 15 min
1
Kanazawa
— 6 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Naha
— 6 nights
Fly:  3 h
3
Ishigaki
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  5 h 15 min
4
Hiroshima
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h
5
Himeji
— 4 nights
Train:  45 min
6
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train:  45 min
7
Nagoya
— 6 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
8
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Train + Fly:  16 h
End: Montreal, Quebec

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.
Bring the kids along to Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and Katsuyama Dino Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more), Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi) and Takayama (Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, Takayama Jinya, &more). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, make a trip to Omicho Market, and contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa holiday maker website .

Montreal, Canada to Kanazawa is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 14 hour difference. Traveling from Montreal in March, expect Kanazawa to be somewhat warmer, temps between 13°C and 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Takayama, Katsuyama, Ishikawa Jumoku Park, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Find places to stay Mar 17 — 23:
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Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Katsuyama Dino Park ©
Katsuyama Dino Park

6
nights
Naha

Naha ©
Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Kids will enjoy Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and Aharen Beach. Explore Naha's surroundings by going to Sango Batake (in Yomitan-son), Motobu-cho (Tropical Dream Center, Okichan Theater, &more) and Sefa-Utaki (in Nanjo). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Shurijo Castle, don't miss a visit to Kokusaidori, get outside with Manza Beach, and explore the striking landscape at Cape Manzamo.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Naha trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Kanazawa to Naha takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Kanazawa in March, expect nights in Naha to be much warmer, around 19°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Naha

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Onna-son, Nago, Zamami-son, Nanjo
Find places to stay Mar 23 — 29:
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Okichan Theater ©
Okichan Theater
Aharen Beach ©
Aharen Beach

6
nights
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Kayaking & Canoeing and Ishigaki Yaima Village. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, stop by Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, and enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Naha to Ishigaki takes 3 hours. March in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kondoi Beach, Island Countryside Settlement
Find places to stay Mar 29 — Apr 4:
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Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

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: Senseki Garden (in Higashihiroshima), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima) and Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, let the kids burn off some steam at MIyoshi Sports Park Asobi no Okoku, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hiroshima online tour itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and ferry. In April, Hiroshima is little chillier than Ishigaki - with highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kintaikyo Bridge, Senseki Garden, MIyoshi Sports Park Asobi no Okoku
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 9:
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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.
Explore Himeji's surroundings by going to Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama), Kurashiki (Ohara Museum of Art & Japanese Rural Toy Museum) and Daisen Outlook (in Mimasaka). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Himeji Castle, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Himeji holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Kurashiki, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Mt. Kuma, Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Daisen Outlook
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 13:
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Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Japanese Rural Toy Museum ©
Japanese Rural Toy Museum
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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.
Attractions like Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum (in Kita), Osaka (Osaka Castle & Dotonbori) and Nara (Todai-ji Temple & Kofuku-ji Temple). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 19:
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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.
Attractions like Toba Aquarium and Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagoya: Ise (Ise Grand Shrine, Ise Ninja Kingdom, &more), Jozanen (in Anjo) and Toba (Former Toba Elementary School & Mikimoto Pearl Island). And it doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, find something for the whole family at Nagashima Spa Land, walk around Chubu Park, and get to know the resident critters at Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Garden.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Nagoya online journey planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nagoya in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in April, plan for slightly colder days in Nagoya, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Ise, Toba, Inuyama Castle, Nagashima Spa Land, Jozanen
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 25:
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Toba Aquarium ©
Toba Aquarium
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium

7
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Tokyo Disneyland. Venture out of the city with trips to Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka), Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama) and The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary maker app .

Take a train from Nagoya to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. While traveling from Nagoya, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Urayasu, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Find places to stay Apr 25 — May 2:
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Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

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