46 days in Japan Itinerary

46 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip itinerary planner

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Sapporo
— 4 nights
Fly
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Nikko
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Drive
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Kamakura
— 3 nights
Fly
5
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Nagoya
— 2 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train
8
Himeji
— 1 night
Train
9
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Ferry to Motobu-cho
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Motobu-cho
— 4 nights
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Naha
— 3 nights
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Ishigaki
— 6 nights
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Sapporo

— 4 nights

CIty of Ramen

A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sapporo: Otaru Canal (in Otaru) and Noboribetsu (Spas & Jigokudani). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Odori Park, ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, get great views at Mt. Moiwa, and take a stroll through Susukino.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Sapporo online driving holiday planner.

London, UK to Sapporo is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from London to Sapporo, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from London in June since evenings lows in Sapporo dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Nikko.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 16 — 21:

Nikko

— 4 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.
Take a break from Nikko with a short trip to Ozegahara in Katashina-mura, about 1h 10 min away. Spend the 24th (Sat) exploring nature at Nikko National Park. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, take in the pleasant sights at Kirifuri Highlands Kisuge Plain, contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, and walk around Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Nikko trip planner.

You can fly from Sapporo to Nikko in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sapporo in June: high temperatures in Nikko hover around 28°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 21 — 25:

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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and take a stroll through Akihabara.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Kamakura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 25 — Jul 1:

Kamakura

— 3 nights

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Kamakura is known for historic sites, parks, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple, stop by Samuraikibun Kamakura, make a trip to Kōtoku-in, and head off the coast to Enoshima Island.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Kamakura day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Kamakura takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Kamakura, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 1 — 4:

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Venture out of the city with trips to Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, and examine the collection at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kamakura to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Kamakura in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kanazawa: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 4 — 7:

Nagoya

— 2 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
On the 8th (Sat), walk around Chubu Park and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, and then examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Nagoya itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Nagoya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Nagoya are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 7 — 9:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Osaka (Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan & Universal Studios Japan) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and wander the streets of Gion.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner.

Getting from Nagoya to Kyoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Nagoya in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 37°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 9 — 15:

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 16th (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, then go for a walk through Himeji Castle, and then hike along Mt Shosha hiking.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Himeji trip simple and quick.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Kyoto in July, expect nights in Himeji to be about the same, around 29°C, while days are little chillier, around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 16:

Hiroshima

— 2 nights

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 17th (Mon): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then stroll through Miyajima. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip builder website.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 16 — 18:

Motobu-cho

— 4 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.
Explore Motobu-cho's surroundings by going to Ishiyama Viewing Platform (in Ogimi-son), Okuma Beach (in Kunigami-son) and Kouri Ohashi (in Nakijin-son). There's still lots to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at USS Emmons.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Motobu-cho online route planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Hiroshima to Motobu-cho in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Naha.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 18 — 22:

Naha

— 3 nights

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Naha: Onna-son (Scuba & Snorkeling, Blue Cave, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, make a trip to Kokusaidori, and sample the fine beverages at Sakimoto Shuzo Distillers.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Naha attractions site.

You can drive from Motobu-cho to Naha in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. July in Naha sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can fly to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Naha

Parks · Nature · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 22 — 25:

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.
Spend 28th (Fri) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stroll through Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, and walk around Kabira Park.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Naha to Ishigaki takes 2.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 31:

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.