43 days in Japan Itinerary

43 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Tokyo Haneda, Tram to Hamamatsucho, Train to Kanazawa
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Tokorozawa
— 4 nights
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Drive to Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Fly to Osaka International Airport, Drive to Kyoto
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
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Fukuoka
— 5 nights
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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
Train to Kagoshima-Chuo, Ferry to Motobu-cho
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Motobu-cho
— 1 night
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Naha
— 3 nights
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Kanazawa — 3 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get some historical perspective at Shirakawago and Nagamachi Neighborhood. Step off the beaten path and head to Kanda house and D. T. Suzuki Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more), Amaharashi Coast (in Takaoka) and Nanto (Ainokura Gassho Community, Gokayama, &more). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Kazuemachi Tea House Street, get into the urban bustle at Shiinoki Cultural Complex Ishikawa Prefecture, and browse the different shops at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kanazawa itinerary planner.

Salt Lake City, USA to Kanazawa is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, tram, and train. You'll lose 16 hours traveling from Salt Lake City to Kanazawa due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 44°F in February, and nighttime lows around 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Tokyo.
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Find places to stay Feb 2 — 5:

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Waho-An NATURE Tokyo and Yanaka District. Do some cultural sightseeing at Engaku-ji Temple and Nezu Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Soji-ji Temple (in Yokohama), Kamakura (Ugafuku Shrine ( Goddess of Money Washing) & Kamakura Hiking Trails) and Mt. Nokogiri Nihon-ji Temple (in Kyonan-machi). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Yushima Tenmangu, wander the streets of Shimokitazawa, contemplate the long history of Hie Jinjya, and make a trip to Hozomon.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo journey planning website.

Fly from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kanazawa in February: highs in Tokyo hover around 51°F, while lows dip to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tokorozawa.
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Find places to stay Feb 5 — 11:

Tokorozawa — 4 nights

Tokorozawa is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, in the central Kantō region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 335,968 and a population density of 4660 persons per km². Your day by day itinerary now includes Keio Takaosan Onsen Gokurakuyu. Head to Pasar Moyoshi and Mitsui Outlet Park Irumafor some retail therapy. Kitain and Five Thousand Soaring Dragons Seitenkyu Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Tokorozawa side-trips: Aikawa Park (in Aikawa-machi), Nonowa Kunitachi (in Kunitachi) and Ishikawa Brewery (in Fussa). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takao, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tokorozawa Shinmeisha, buy something for everyone on your list at Grand Emio Tokorozawa, and fly down the slopes at Sayama Ski & Snowboard.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tokorozawa travel route tool.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Tokorozawa takes an hour. Traveling from Tokyo in February, expect slightly colder with lows of 30°F in Tokorozawa. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay Feb 11 — 15:

Kyoto — 5 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.
Get outdoors at Shirahama Beach and Wakasa Wada Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Toriihama Beach in Takahama-cho, approximately Takahama-cho away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, admire the striking features of Ninna-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Myoshinji Temple, and don't miss a visit to Daigo-ji Temple.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip maker app.

Explore your travel options from Tokorozawa to Kyoto with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 49°F in February, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.
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Find places to stay Feb 15 — 20:

Osaka — 5 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Omiwa Shrine and Horyu-ji Temple. Dotombori District and Mt. Wakakusa are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Isuien Garden, Shinyakushiji Temple, &more), Sakurai (Tanzan Shrine & Hase-dera Temple) and Kashihara Jingu (in Kashihara). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, explore the engaging exhibits at Kids Plaza Osaka, shop like a local with Hankyu Umeda Honten, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka online trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February in Osaka, expect temperatures between 49°F during the day and 35°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.
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Find places to stay Feb 20 — 25:

Hiroshima — 1 night

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): examine the collection at Honkawa Peace Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, get a taste of the local shopping with Kamiyacho, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and finally browse the different shops at Hiroshima Shinkansen Meitengai.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 50°F in February, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Fukuoka.
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Find places to stay Feb 25 — 26:

Fukuoka — 5 nights

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.
Visiting Nijino Matsubara and Mt Sarakura will get you outdoors. Kushida Shrine and Nagoya Castle Ruins will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fukuoka: Karatsu (Yobuko Morning Market & Former Takatori House), Nanzoin (in Sasaguri-machi) and Imari Okawachiyama (in Imari). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakozaki Shrine, stop by Marinoa City Fukuoka, explore the wide array of goods at Iwataya Honten, and get a new perspective on nature at Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History & Human History.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Fukuoka using our trip planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Fukuoka by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of ferry and flight. In February in Fukuoka, expect temperatures between 51°F during the day and 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nagasaki.
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Find places to stay Feb 26 — Mar 2:

Nagasaki — 2 nights

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.
On the 3rd (Sun), see the interesting displays at Endo Shusaku Literary Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Shitsu Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Ono Church, then get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then buy something for everyone on your list at Mirai Nagasaki Coco Walk, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofukuji Temple, stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, steep yourself in history at Nyokodo, Nagai Takashi Museum, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Nakamachi Church.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Nagasaki day trip planning tool.

Getting from Fukuoka to Nagasaki by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Nagasaki can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Motobu-cho.
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Find places to stay Mar 2 — 4:

Motobu-cho — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): look for gifts at Drive In Rikarikawarumi, head outdoors with Akabaka Beach, contemplate the long history of Nakijin Castle Ruins, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okichan Theater, then see the interesting displays at Oceanic Culture Museum, and finally kick back and relax at Bisezaki.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Motobu-cho driving holiday tool.

Getting from Nagasaki to Motobu-cho by combination of flight and bus takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Nagasaki in March, things will get a bit warmer in Motobu-cho: highs are around 70°F and lows about 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Naha.
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Find places to stay Mar 5 — 6:

Naha — 3 nights

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.
Visit Nishibama Beach and Naminoue Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sefa-Utaki and Ama Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Zamami-son (Aka Beach & Hizushi Beach). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Shurijo Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at English Empire Divers, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gokoku-ji Temple, and stop by Umichurara.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Naha trip tool.

Traveling by car from Motobu-cho to Naha takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Ishigaki.
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Find places to stay Mar 6 — 9:

Ishigaki — 4 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.
Get some cultural insight at Island Countryside Settlement and Tojinbaka. Explore hidden gems such as Kondoi Beach and Kanpiree Waterfall. Venture out of the city with trips to Kohama-jima (Hama-jima Island (The Phantom Island), Hairumubushi Beach, &more) and Iriomote-jima (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours & Mariudo Fall). Spend 13th (Wed) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape, take a stroll through Misaki Town, head outdoors with Nosoko Forest Road, and kick back and relax at Akashi Beach.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Ishigaki route planning site.

Traveling by flight from Naha to Ishigaki takes 2.5 hours. In March in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Find places to stay Mar 9 — 13:

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.
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Okinawa Prefecture travel guide

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Okinawa Prefecture is the southernmost prefecture of Japan. It comprises hundreds of the Ryukyu Islands in a chain over long. The Ryukyus extend southwest from Kyushu (the southwesternmost of Japan's four main islands) to Taiwan. The Okinawa Prefecture encompasses the southern two thirds of that chain. Naha, Okinawa's capital, is located in the southern part of Okinawa Island.Although Okinawa comprises just 0.6 percent of Japan's total land mass, about 75 percent of all U.S. military installations stationed in Japan are assigned in Okinawa. Currently about 26,000 of the U.S. troops deployed in Japan are based in the prefecture.

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