44 days in Japan Itinerary

44 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 5 nights
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Fly
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Towada
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
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Hatsukaichi
— 2 nights
Fly
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Motobu-cho
— 5 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote-jima
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Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
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Ishigaki
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Tokyo

— 6 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.
Attractions like Tokyo Disneyland and Meiji Jingu Shrine make great kid-friendly stops. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, take a stroll through Odaiba District, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo road trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in August, with highs in Tokyo at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 18 — 24:

Fujikawaguchiko-machi

— 5 nights
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Kids will enjoy Mount Fuji and Akeno Area. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Fujinomiya Route (in Fujinomiya), Ojiragawa Valley (in Hokuto) and Fujiyoshida (Mt. Kofuji, Onshirin Garden, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, don't miss a visit to Mt. Fuji 5th Station, enjoy breathtaking views from Nakanokura Pass Observation Point, and take in the awesome beauty at Ryugatake.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, read Fujikawaguchiko-machi online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Tokyo in August, plan for slightly colder days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 24 — 29:

Kanazawa

— 5 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Attractions like Gongenmori Beach and Mount Hakusan make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more), Ubagataki Falls (in Hakusan) and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui). There's still lots to do: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, explore the activities along Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, and take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa online attractions planner.

Getting from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Kanazawa by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Towada.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 3:

Towada

— 4 nights
Tucked away among the foothills of the Hakkoda mountain range, Towada tourism revolves around its eponymous lake and the surrounding national park.
Kids will enjoy Hakkoda Odake and Oirase River. Venture out of the city with trips to Misawa Aviation & Science Museum (in Misawa) and Tashirotai Heights (in Aomori). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Oirase Gorge, explore the world behind art at Towada Art Center, take in the dramatic scenery at Choshi Otaki Waterfall, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Towada Shrine.

Make your Towada itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can fly from Kanazawa to Towada in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, tram, and flight; or drive. When traveling from Kanazawa in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Towada: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Towada

Nature · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 3 — 7:

Kyoto

— 6 nights
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.
Family-friendly places like Universal Studios Japan and Nijo Castle will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Osaka (Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum & Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, wander the streets of Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, and hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto holiday planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Towada to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Towada in September, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 33°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 13:

Himeji

— 1 night
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.
On the 14th (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and then hike along Mt Shosha hiking.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September in Himeji, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 14:

Hatsukaichi

— 2 nights
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Daishoin Temple, contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, and then look for gifts at Itsukushima Gekijyo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Miyajima.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hatsukaichi holiday maker.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hatsukaichi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Hatsukaichi sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 16:

Motobu-cho

— 5 nights
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Attractions like Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and Scuba & Snorkeling make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Motobu-cho: Blue Cave (in Onna-son) and Nago (Japanguide Junko & Nago citizen Beach). There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Minnajima Island, explore the gorgeous colors at Sesoko Labyrinth, tour the pleasant surroundings at Minna Beach, and kick back and relax at Anchihama.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Motobu-cho trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hatsukaichi to Motobu-cho takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Hatsukaichi in September, expect Motobu-cho to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 16 — 21:

Iriomote-jima

— 3 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Attractions like Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Hoshisuna Beach make great kid-friendly stops. There's more to do: step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island and admire the sheer force of Geta Waterfall.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Iriomote-jima vacation maker tool.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Motobu-cho to Iriomote-jima in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can catch the ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 24:

Ishigaki

— 6 nights
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.
Bring the kids along to Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Yonehara Beach. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, see the vivid underwater world at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, stop by Ibaruma Farm Fruits Chokubaijo, and admire all the interesting features of Cape Hirakubozaki.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 30:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.