40 days in Japan Itinerary

40 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Asia holiday planner
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Niigata
— 2 nights
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Aomori
— 3 nights
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Akita
— 3 nights
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Himeji
— 2 nights
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Tottori
— 2 nights
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Izumo
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Kitakyushu
— 2 nights
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Fukuoka
— 4 nights
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Hamamatsu
— 2 nights
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Atami
— 2 nights
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi
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Tokyo — 4 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.
teamLab☆Planets and Suntory Museum of Art will appeal to museum buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Asakusa Shrine and Sengaku-ji Temple. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Fujiko F Fujio Museum in Kawasaki, about 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, wander the streets of Ginza, explore the world behind art at National Museum of Western Art, and enjoy the sand and surf at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park).

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo attractions planning website.

Singapore, Singapore to Tokyo is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in September, expect Tokyo to be a bit cooler, temps between 32°C and 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Niigata.
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Find places to stay Sep 23 — 27:

Niigata — 2 nights

The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Nishikaigan Park, get engrossed in the history at Niigata Prefectural Government Memorial Hall, and then kick back and relax at Sekiyahama Beach. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: sample the tasty concoctions at Sake Cellar, Aumont Sake Brewery Inc., get to know the fascinating history of Akatani Cycling Road, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Shibata Church.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Niigata trip builder site.

You can fly from Tokyo to Niigata in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Aomori.
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Find places to stay Sep 27 — 29:

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.
Popular historic sites such as Sannai-Maruyama Site and Choshoji Temple are in your itinerary. Aomori Museum of Art and Munakata Shiko Memorial Museum of Art will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Aomori side-trips: Fujisaki Hachimangu Shrine (in Fujisaki-machi) and Former Umeda Family Residence (in Hirosaki). There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Kobata Boen・Hakkodasan Snow March Distress Museum, browse the different shops at Auga, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Utou Jinja.

For where to stay and other tourist information, read Aomori driving holiday planner.

Fly from Niigata to Aomori in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Niigata in September, with highs in Aomori at 25°C and lows at 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Akita.
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Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 2:

Akita — 3 nights

The coastal city of Akita has gained a wider reputation for its Kanto Matsuri, or "pole lantern festival," where skilled performers balance long bamboo poles on their foreheads with glowing paper lanterns attached to the end.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): get outside with Suishinen, get to know the fascinating history of Nanohana Road, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seitai Hoshikai. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Katsuhira Tokushi Memorial, explore the world behind art at Masakichi Hirano Museum of Fine Art, and then look for gifts at Akita Kensanhin Plaza.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Akita online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Aomori to Akita takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. October in Akita sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Kanazawa.
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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 5th (Wed), examine the collection at Ishikawa Aviation Plaza, take in the spiritual surroundings of Natadera Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shirayama Hime Shrine. On the next day, examine the collection at Dolls Museum, then look for gifts at Amanatto Kawamura, then see the interesting displays at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum, and finally take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town.

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

Fly from Akita to Kanazawa in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Akita in October, things will get a bit warmer in Kanazawa: highs are around 24°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay Oct 5 — 7:

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tofuku-ji Temple and Nanzen-ji Temple. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Yasaka Shrine. Step out of Kyoto to go to Ikeda and see Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, visit Pontocho District, steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki).

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto road trip planner.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.
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Find places to stay Oct 7 — 11:

Himeji — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, make a trip to Himeji Castle, and then see the interesting displays at Japan Toy Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki), then wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), and then wander the streets of Kobe Harborland.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Himeji trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. October in Himeji sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tottori.
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Find places to stay Oct 11 — 13:

Tottori — 2 nights

A highlight of the west of the country, Tottori sits along the coast of the Sea of Japan.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kannonin, examine the collection at Watanabe Art Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Tottori Castle Ruins. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): make a trip to The Sand Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Uradome Seacoast Marine Park.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tottori online day trip planner.

Getting from Himeji to Tottori by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Tottori when traveling from Himeji in October, with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Izumo.
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Find places to stay Oct 13 — 15:

Izumo — 2 nights

Nestled in the shadows of the Chugoku Mountains, historic Izumo boasts one of Japan's oldest Shinto shrines.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Izumo Taisha Shrine Haiden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Inochinushi no Yashiro, and then steep yourself in history at Karakama Shrine. On the next day, stop by Rihaku Shuzo, then steep yourself in history at Teahouse Meimei-an, and then delve into the distant past at Kojindani Ruin.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, read Izumo online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Tottori to Izumo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. October in Izumo sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hiroshima.
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Find places to stay Oct 15 — 17:

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Peace Flame and Schmoe House. Get some historical perspective at Itsukushima Shrine and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Take a break from Hiroshima with a short trip to Senjokaku in Hatsukaichi, about 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catholic Noboricho Church, Memorial Cathedral for World Peace, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and wander the streets of Kamiyacho.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Hiroshima road trip planning tool.

Drive from Izumo to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kitakyushu.
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Find places to stay Oct 17 — 19:

Kitakyushu — 2 nights

An important gateway for trade and travel between Honshu and Kyushu, the city of Kitakyushu has an old industrial waterfront and provides access to a number of natural sites across the wider region.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Sarakura, see the interesting displays at Tagawa City Coal-mining Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Old Ito Denemon House. On your second day here, browse the different shops at Riverwalk Kitakyushu and then examine the collection at TOTO Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kitakyushu route planning site.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kitakyushu in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In October, daily temperatures in Kitakyushu can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can take a train to Fukuoka.
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Find places to stay Oct 19 — 21:

Fukuoka — 4 nights

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Nanzoin and Hakozaki Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Miyajidake Shrine and Kushida Shrine. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Fukuoka City Museum, examine the collection at OH Sadaharu Baseball Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mangyoji Temple, and enjoy breathtaking views from Fukuoka Tower.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Fukuoka online tour planner.

Take a train from Kitakyushu to Fukuoka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daily temperatures in Fukuoka can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Hamamatsu.
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Find places to stay Oct 21 — 25:

Hamamatsu — 2 nights

City of Music

An important industrial hub with a sizable immigrant population from South America, Hamamatsu has developed a taste for international cuisine and arts.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): learn more about the world around you at Toyohashi Museum of Natural History and then admire the masterpieces at Ryoun-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Hamamatsu Castle Tower Gate, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rinzaishu Hoko-ji temple Daihonzan Okuyama Hansobo, and then look for gifts at Irikawaya, Mikkabi Honten.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hamamatsu online holiday planner.

Fly from Fukuoka to Hamamatsu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Hamamatsu are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Atami.
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Find places to stay Oct 25 — 27:
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Atami — 2 nights

With Atami's relative proximity to the nation's capital, this beach resort town draws its fair share of visitors--though holidays in Atami are not just a matter of convenience.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Okada Museum of Art, then admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and finally delve into the distant past at Yamanaka Castle Ruins. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Izusan Jinja Shrine, then enjoy the sand and surf at Atami Sun Beach, and then contemplate the long history of Kiunkaku.

Before you visit Atami, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by train from Hamamatsu to Atami takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, Atami is a bit cooler than Hamamatsu - with highs of 19°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.
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Find places to stay Oct 27 — 29:

Fujikawaguchiko-machi — 3 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.
Visiting Aokigahara Forest and Momiji Tunnel will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art and Mt. Mitsutoge. Change things up with a short trip to Mitama no Yu in Ichikawamisato-cho (about 44 minutes away). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Saiko Lake, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Ide Sake Brewery, admire the sheer force of Haha no Shirataki Waterfall, and examine the collection at Kawaguchiko Muse Museum, Atae Yuki Bldg..

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi holiday planning site.

Traveling by car from Atami to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Fujikawaguchiko-machi can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.
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Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 1:

Japan travel guide

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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.
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Niigata Prefecture travel guide

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Niigata Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Honshu on the coast of the Sea of Japan. The capital is the city of Niigata with which it shares the same name.HistoryUntil after the Meiji Restoration, the area that is now Niigata Prefecture was divided into Echigo Province (on the mainland) and Sado Province. During the Sengoku period, the Nagao clan, who were at times vassals to the Uesugi, ruled a fief in the western part of modern Niigata from Kasugayama Castle. The most notable member of the Nagao clan was Nagao Kagetora, later and better known as Uesugi Kenshin. He unified the leaders of Echigo Province and became its sole ruler. By taking the surname Uesugi, he also became the head of the Uesugi clan and effectively brought their realm under his control.The city of Niigata is now the third largest Japanese city facing the Sea of Japan, after Fukuoka and Kitakyushu. It was the first Japanese port on the Sea of Japan to be opened to foreign trade following the opening of Japan by Matthew Perry. It has since played an important role in trade with Russia and Korea. A freighter from North Korea visits Niigata once a month, in one of the few forms of direct contact between Japan and that country.

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Fukuoka Prefecture travel guide

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Fukuoka Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan on Kyūshū Island. The capital is the city of Fukuoka.HistoryFukuoka Prefecture includes the former provinces of Chikugo, Chikuzen, and Buzen.Shrines and templesKōra taisha, Sumiyoshi-jinja, and Hakosagi-gū are the chief Shinto shrines in the prefecture.GeographyFukuoka Prefecture faces the sea on three sides, bordering Saga, Ōita, and Kumamoto prefectures and facing Yamaguchi Prefecture across the Kanmon Straits.As of 1 April 2012, 18% of the land area of the prefecture was designated as natural parks: Setonaikai National Park, Genkai, Kitakyūshū, and Yaba-Hita-Hikosan quasi-national parks, and Chikugogawa, Chikuhō, Dazaifu, Sefuri Raizan, and Yabegawa Prefectural Natural Parks.

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Shizuoka Prefecture travel guide

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Shizuoka Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region of Honshu. The capital is the city of Shizuoka, while Hamamatsu is the largest city by population.HistoryShizuoka Prefecture was formed from the former Tōtōmi, Suruga and Izu provinces.The area was the home of the first Tokugawa Shogun. Tokugawa Ieyasu held the region until he conquered the lands of the Hōjō clan in the Kantō region and placed land under the stewardship of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. After becoming shogun, Tokugawa took the land back for his family and put the area around modern-day Shizuoka city under the direct supervision of the shogunate. With the creation of Shizuoka han in 1868, it once again became the residence of the Tokugawa family.GeographyShizuoka Prefecture is an elongated region following the coast of the Pacific Ocean at the Suruga Bay. In the west, the prefecture extends deep into the Japan Alps. In the east, it becomes a narrower coast bounded in the north by Mount Fuji, until it comes to the Izu Peninsula, a popular resort area pointing south into the Pacific.

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