47 days in Japan Itinerary

47 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan attractions planner

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Tokyo
— 1 night
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Sendai
— 3 nights
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Aomori
— 3 nights
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Sapporo
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Nagoya
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Koya-cho
— 2 nights
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Nara
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 3 nights
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Kobe
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Nagasaki
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
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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.
On the 2nd (Sun), don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryusen-ji Temple (Meguro Fudoson), then admire the masterpieces at Nezu Museum, and finally browse the exhibits of Kanda Myojin.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online road trip planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Auckland to Tokyo, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Auckland in January, plan for slightly colder days in Tokyo, with highs around 11°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Sendai.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:

Sendai

— 3 nights
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): fly down the slopes at Miyagi Zao Eboshi Resort, then don't miss a visit to Osaki Hachiman Shrine, and then explore the historical opulence of Sendaijo Ato. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Sunmall Ichibancho, don't miss a visit to Sendai Station, and then don't miss a visit to Jozenji-dori Avenue.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Sendai road trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Sendai takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. When traveling from Tokyo in January, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sendai: temperatures range from 5°C by day to 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Aomori.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:

Aomori

— 3 nights
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Aomori Spring Ski Resort and Shirakami no Mori Trail. Next up on the itinerary: fly down the slopes at Moya Hills, get all the information you need at Aomori Prefecture Tourist Centerl ASPAM, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and make a trip to Jomon Jiyukan.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Aomori trip planner.

Traveling by train from Sendai to Aomori takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or fly. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sendai in January: high temperatures in Aomori hover around -1°C and lows are around -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Sapporo.

Things to do in Aomori

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sapporo Teine and Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area. Explore Sapporo's surroundings by going to Niseko Hanazono Resort (in Kutchan-cho), Rusutsu Resort Ski (in Rusutsu-mura) and Royce' Chocolate World (in Chitose). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort, steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower, wander the streets of Susukino, and stroll around Odori Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sapporo online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Aomori to Sapporo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around -3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 12:

Tokyo

— 7 nights
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo and Ueno District. Venture out of the city with trips to Samukawa Shrine (in Samukawa-machi), Yokohama Landmark Tower (in Minatomirai) and Kawasaki Daishi (in Kawasaki). Explore Tokyo further: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine, and admire the landmark architecture of Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tokyo travel route builder app.

Getting from Sapporo to Tokyo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Sapporo in January, expect nights in Tokyo to be a bit warmer, around 1°C, while days are much hotter, around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 19:

Nagoya

— 3 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Atsuta Jingu Shrine and Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology. Get out of town with these interesting Nagoya side-trips: Tsubaki Grand Shrine (in Suzuka) and Cape Irago (in Tahara). There's much more to do: make a trip to Osu Shopping Street, explore the world behind art at The Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Nagoya itinerary planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Nagoya by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly; or drive. When traveling from Tokyo in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Nagoya: temperatures range from 7°C by day to 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 19 — 22:

Kyoto

— 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kyoto Gyoen National Garden and Ninja Dojo and Store. Step out of Kyoto to go to Uji and see Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple, which is approximately 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, don't miss a visit to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto tour itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Classes · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 22 — 26:

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hanjotei and Tada Shrine. Go for a jaunt from Osaka to Higashiosaka to see Hiraoka Shrine about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, take some stellar pictures from Senri Riverbank, examine the collection at Modern Transportation Museum, and steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka road trip app.

Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 26 — 28:

Koya-cho

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Torodo Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shipporyuji Temple, and then pick up some local products at Kannonyama Fruits Garden. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Rokkaku Kyozo, then admire the striking features of Koyasan Kondomae, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Koya-cho travel route site.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Koya-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January in Koya-cho, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Nara.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 28 — 30:

Nara

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Wakakusa, then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, and finally stroll around Nara Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Nara trip planner.

You can drive from Koya-cho to Nara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 1:

Osaka

— 3 nights
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Expo '70 Commemorative Park and Hankyu Umeda Honten. Change things up with a short trip to Hirakata Park in Hirakata (about 36 minutes away). Explore Osaka further: walk around The Tower of the Sun, admire the landmark architecture of Ishikiri Tsurugiya Shrine, stop by Tower Knives Osaka, and enjoy breathtaking views from Harukas 300 Observation Deck.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Osaka trip builder app.

You can drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 1 — 4:

Kobe

— 3 nights
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum and UCC Coffee Museum. Step out of Kobe with an excursion to Nojima Fault Preservation Museum in Awaji--about 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: meet the residents at Suma Aqualife Park Kobe, contemplate the long history of Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kobe Muslim Mosque, and admire the natural beauty at Ashiya Rock Garden.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kobe trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kobe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Kobe are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kobe

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 4 — 7:

Hiroshima

— 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Peace Flame and Senjokaku. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Daishoin Temple & Itsukushima Shrine) and JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure). And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip maker website.

Traveling by train from Kobe to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or do a combination of flight and ferry. In February in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 7 — 10:

Nagasaki

— 3 nights

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yutoku Inari Shrine and Dejima. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, explore the world behind art at Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofukuji Temple.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Nagasaki vacation planning tool.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in February, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 10 — 13:

Tokyo

— 2 nights
On the 14th (Mon), find something for the whole family at Gundam Front Tokyo, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Arona Spa, then ponder the world of politics at Akasaka Palace (State Guesthouse), and finally admire the masterpieces at Suntory Museum of Art. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, then wander the streets of Yanaka District, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kyu Kaneiji Five-Storied Pagoda.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Nagasaki to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Spas · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 15:

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.