39 days in Japan Itinerary

39 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 7 nights
Drive
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Nikko
— 2 nights
Train
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Kanazawa
— 1 night
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Drive to Komatsu Airport, Fly to Fukuoka Airport, Drive to Tsushima
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Tsushima
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Matsumoto
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Matsumoto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kamakura
— 2 nights
Drive to Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Fly to Okinawa City
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Okinawa City
— 17 nights
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Tokyo — 7 nights

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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip maker website.

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Melbourne in March, plan for cooler days and slightly colder nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 7°C at night. You will leave for Nikko on the 8th (Tue).
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Find places to stay Mar 1 — 8:

Nikko — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): snap pictures at Shinkyo Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, and finally contemplate the long history of Yomeimon (Main Gate). Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Nikko Futarasan jinja, go for a walk through Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rinno-ji Temple, take in the dramatic scenery at Kegon Falls, then explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Okumiya.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Nikko route builder app.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in March, expect nights in Nikko to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are little chillier, around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Kanazawa.
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Find places to stay Mar 8 — 10:

Kanazawa — 1 night

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Oyama Shrine, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Nagamachi Neighborhood, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, then make a trip to Omicho Market, then see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Traditional Arts and Crafts, and finally make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa road trip planning tool.

Take a train from Nikko to Kanazawa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nikko in March, plan for slightly colder nights in Kanazawa, with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Tsushima.
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Find places to stay Mar 10 — 11:

Tsushima — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Tsushima Tsumugi Funakawa Trace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hachimangu Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Tsushima Folk History Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Banshoin, then step into the grandiose world of Kaneishi Castle Ruins, and finally don't miss a visit to Kyu Kaneishi Castle Garden. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Shinwanosato Natural Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Watatsumi Shrine, then enjoy breathtaking views from Eboshidake Observatory, and finally get outside with Manzekiseto.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tsushima trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Kanazawa to Tsushima with the Route module. Traveling from Kanazawa in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Tsushima, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hiroshima.
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Find places to stay Mar 11 — 13:

Hiroshima — 2 nights

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students. On the next day, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Tsushima to Hiroshima takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Matsumoto.
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Find places to stay Mar 13 — 15:

Matsumoto — 2 nights

A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
On the 16th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suwa Shrine, experience rural life at Daio Wasabi Farm, then get to know the resident critters at Matsumoto Alps Park, and finally visit Matsumoto Castletown Springs. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, steep yourself in history at Kaichi Gakko Primary School, examine the collection at Matsumoto City Museum, then take a stroll through Nakamachi Street, then stop by Nawate Shopping District, and finally steep yourself in history at Yohashira Shrine.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Matsumoto takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train; or drive. In March, Matsumoto is a bit cooler than Hiroshima - with highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Hakone-machi.
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Find places to stay Mar 15 — 17:

Hakone-machi — 2 nights

Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then explore the activities along Lake Ashinoko, then take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, and finally don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Narukawa Art Museum, get engrossed in the history at Hakone Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then stroll around Onshi Hakone Park, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Hakone-machi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Matsumoto in March since evenings lows in Hakone-machi dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Kamakura.
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Find places to stay Mar 17 — 19:

Kamakura — 2 nights

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Kencho-ji Temple, then contemplate the long history of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kōtoku-in. Keep things going the next day: observe the fascinating underwater world at Enoshima Aquarium, then head off the coast to Enoshima Island, and then make a trip to Kamakura Komachidori.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kamakura trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Hakone-machi to Kamakura by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daily temperatures in Kamakura can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Okinawa City.
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Find places to stay Mar 19 — 21:

Okinawa City — 17 nights

Okinawa is the second-largest city in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, following Naha, the capital city. Get out of town with these interesting Okinawa City side-trips: Yomitan-son (Nirai Beach, Cape Zampa, &more), Onna-son (Manza Dream Hole, Cape Manzamo, &more) and Sakiyama Shuzo Sho (in Kin-cho). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to American Village, sample the tasty concoctions at Kamimuyra Brewery, step into the grandiose world of Katsuren Castle Ruins, and buy something for everyone on your list at AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM.

Plan a trip to Okinawa City easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kamakura to Okinawa City. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel back home.
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Find places to stay Mar 21 — Apr 7:

Japan travel guide

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Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.
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Kanagawa Prefecture travel guide

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Kanagawa Prefecture is a prefecture located in southern Kantō region of Japan. The capital of the prefecture is Yokohama. Kanagawa is part of the Greater Tokyo Area. Kanagawa Prefecture is home to Kamakura and Hakone, two highly popular side trip destinations from Tokyo.HistoryThe prefecture has some archaeological sites going back to the Jōmon period (around 400 BCE). About 3,000 years ago, Mount Hakone produced a volcanic explosion which resulted in Lake Ashi on the western area of the prefecture.It is believed that the Yamato dynasty ruled this area from the 5th century onwards. In the ancient era, its plains were very sparsely inhabited.In medieval Japan, Kanagawa was part of the provinces of Sagami and Musashi. Kamakura in central Sagami was the capital of Japan during the Kamakura period (1185–1333).During the Edo period, the western part of Sagami Province was governed by the daimyō of Odawara Castle, while the eastern part was directly governed by the Tokugawa shogunate in Edo (Tokyo).

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Okinawa Prefecture travel guide

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Okinawa Prefecture is the southernmost prefecture of Japan. It comprises hundreds of the Ryukyu Islands in a chain over long. The Ryukyus extend southwest from Kyushu (the southwesternmost of Japan's four main islands) to Taiwan. The Okinawa Prefecture encompasses the southern two thirds of that chain. Naha, Okinawa's capital, is located in the southern part of Okinawa Island.Although Okinawa comprises just 0.6 percent of Japan's total land mass, about 75 percent of all U.S. military installations stationed in Japan are assigned in Okinawa. Currently about 26,000 of the U.S. troops deployed in Japan are based in the prefecture.

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