44 days in Japan Itinerary

44 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

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Tokyo
— 1 night
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Nara
— 1 day
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 1 day
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Osaka
— 3 nights
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Takayama
— 12 nights
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Tokyo
— 18 nights
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Tokyo

— 1 night
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.
For ratings and other tourist information, read Tokyo tour itinerary planning website.

Cape Town, South Africa to Tokyo is an approximately 24-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Cape Town to Tokyo. Traveling from Cape Town in June, you will find days in Tokyo are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are warmer (22°C). You'll set off for Nara on the 23rd (Thu).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 21 — 23:

Nara

— 1 day

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Todai-ji Temple has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nara Park.

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Fly from Tokyo to Nara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 23 — 24:
Highlights from your trip

Kyoto

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, then contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto itinerary maker site.

Drive from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Nara in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 22°C in Kyoto. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Jun 23 — 25:

Osaka

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): make a trip to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, then admire the landmark architecture of Shin Umeda City, then enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Umeda Sky Building.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip planning site.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Osaka are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.
Find places to stay Jun 25 — 27:

Hiroshima

— 1 day

City of Peace

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 27th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, and finally appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima road trip planning app.

Getting from Osaka to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In June in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 27 — 28:

Osaka

— 3 nights
On the 28th (Tue), take a stroll through Dotombori District, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, take in panoramic vistas at Tsutenkaku, and then take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip maker.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 27 — 30:

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 30th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, walk around Kenrokuen Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, then visit Higashichaya Old Town, then don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and finally steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kanazawa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. While traveling from Osaka, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 2:

Takayama

— 12 nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Takayama: Shirakawa-mura (Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more), Senjojiki Cirque (in Komagane) and Matsumoto (Nawate Shopping District, Matsumoto Castle, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, admire the engineering at Kurobe Dam, and see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Takayama trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Takayama takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Takayama sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Takayama

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 2 — 14:

Tokyo

— 18 nights
Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka), Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama) and Hakone-machi (The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Hakone Kowakien Yunessun, &more). Pack the 25th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Fuji-Q Highland. Explore Tokyo further: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Skytree, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Takayama to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 14 — Aug 1:

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.