49 days in Japan Itinerary

49 days in Japan Itinerary

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49 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
2
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Himeji
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
5
Tokyo
— 8 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Nikko
— 2 nights
+2
train + tram + Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Nagasaki
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
Naha
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
9
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
11
Nagoya
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
12
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
13
Kamakura
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

5
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse (in Yokohama) and Ghibli Museum (in Mitaka). And it doesn't end there: meet the residents at Ueno Zoo, engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yoyogi Park, and don't miss a visit to Chidorigafuchi.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo vacation trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in March, you will find days in Tokyo are slightly colder (54°F), and nights are about the same (47°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 31:
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Ueno Zoo ©
Ueno Zoo
Takeshita Street ©
Takeshita Street

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 31st (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Miyajima.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima travel itinerary creator.

Do a combination of flight and train from Tokyo to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in March, Hiroshima is little chillier at night with lows of 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 1:
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Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome
Miyajima ©
Miyajima

2
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
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 1st (Sat), snap pictures at Akashi Kaikyo Bridge. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kokoen Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Otemae Street.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Himeji travel itinerary creator.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In April, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Awaji, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Akashi Park
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 3:
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Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Dotonbori, then meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan and then enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Himeji to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in April, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 5:
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

8
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Have a day of magic on the 8th (Sat) at Tokyo Disneyland. See even more of Tokyo: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Tsukiji Market, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

You can fly from Osaka to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Apr 5 — 13:
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

2
nights
Nikko

Nikko ©
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.
On the 13th (Thu), take in the views from Shinkyo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikkō Tōshō-gū, look for gifts at Nikko Furusato Tamarizuke Hompo, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Kegon Falls.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nikko trip generator.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 15:
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Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
Kegon Falls ©
Kegon Falls

4
nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagasaki: Sasebo (Huis Ten Bosch & Kujuku Island). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Glover Garden, see the interesting displays at Dejima, snap pictures at Spectacles Bridge (Meganebashi), and make a trip to Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Nagasaki trip generator.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Nikko to Nagasaki in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in April, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trip

Sasebo
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

6
nights
Naha

Naha ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Naha side-trips: Cape Manza (in Onna-son), Motobu-cho (Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park & Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium), Yachimun no Sato (in Yomitan-son), Nanjo (Sefa-Utaki & Okinawa World Bunka Okoku Gyokusendo), The Tower of Himeyuri (in Itoman) and Chatan-cho (Mihama American Village & Sunset Beach). There's lots more to do: stroll through Shurijo Castle, pause for some photo ops at Naha Airport, take in nature's colorful creations at Fukushu-en Garden, and browse the different shops at OKINAWA OUTLET MALL ASHIBINAA.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Naha travel planner.

Getting from Nagasaki to Naha by combination of train and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Traveling from Nagasaki in April, things will get a bit warmer in Naha: highs are around 75°F and lows about 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Naha

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Chatan-cho, Motobu-cho, Nanjo, Cape Manzamo, Ashibina Outlet Mall
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 25:
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Kokusaidori ©
Kokusaidori

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kanazawa is known for historic sites, parks, museums, sightseeing, and religious sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, don't miss a visit to Higashichaya Old Town, and explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle Park.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kanazawa trip planner.

You can fly from Naha to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and train. When traveling from Naha in April, plan for little chillier days in Kanazawa, with highs around 62°F, while nights are colder with lows around 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Spas Museums

Side Trips

Pokapoka Okyozukanoyu, Matto Furusato-kan
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 29:
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

2
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
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.
On the 30th (Sun), examine the collection at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, explore the world behind art at Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), then take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, and finally view the masterpieces at Fujii Art Gallery (Fujii Bijutsu Mingei-Kan). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Mon): make a trip to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Traditional Houses in the Gassho Style, get engrossed in the history at Gassho Zukuri Minka-en, appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course, then examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Takayama City Office.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Takayama itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Takayama takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April in Takayama, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 1:
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2
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu, then take a stroll through Osu Shopping Street, and finally examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, take in nature's colorful creations at Nabana no Sato, and then get great views at Nagoya TV Tower.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Nagoya trip builder.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Nagoya takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May in Nagoya, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 62°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Nabana no Sato
Find places to stay May 1 — 3:
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Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

6
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, religious sites, sightseeing, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkaku-ji Temple, make a trip to Gion, and head outdoors with Arashiyama.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto travel planner.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Nagoya, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Kamakura.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Find places to stay May 3 — 9:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
nights
Kamakura

Kamakura ©
The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
On the 10th (Wed), appreciate the history behind Kōtoku-in, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hasedera Temple, then head off the coast to Enoshima Island, and finally contemplate the long history of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. On the next day, make a trip to Kamakura Komachidori, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Enoshima Aquarium, and then explore the historical opulence of Odawara Castle.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kamakura itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kamakura takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Kyoto in May, plan for little chillier days in Kamakura, with highs around 68°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 66°F. On the 12th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Fujisawa, Odawara Castle
Find places to stay May 9 — 12:
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Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

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