48 days in Japan Itinerary

48 days in Japan Itinerary

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48 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Guangzhou
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Ishigaki
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  6​h
2
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
3
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
4
Himeji
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
5
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Matsumoto
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Kamakura
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
10
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Guangzhou

5
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, stroll through Yonehara Beach, and head outdoors with Cape Hirakubozaki.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip itinerary builder tool .

Guangzhou, China to Ishigaki is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Traveling from Guangzhou to Ishigaki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Guangzhou in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Ishigaki, with lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Nagomi Tower
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 8:
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

3
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.
Step out of Nagasaki to go to Sasebo and see Huis Ten Bosch, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, make a trip to Hongouchi Lourdes, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, and take in the views from Megane Bridge.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki itinerary builder site .

Getting from Ishigaki to Nagasaki by combination of flight and train takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Ishigaki in January; daily highs in Nagasaki reach 11°C and lows reach 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trip

Huis Ten Bosch
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima), Matsuyama (Onsen Resorts & Matsuyama Castle) and Yamato Museum (in Kure). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip itinerary planner .

Take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Matsuyama, Hatsukaichi, Yamato Museum
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 15:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

4
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.
Explore Himeji's surroundings by going to Okayama (Okayama Castle & Korakuen Garden), Takamatsu (Shikoku Mura Village & Liminal Air -core-) and Naruto (Uzu no Michi & Otsuka Museum of Art). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, admire the masterpieces at Chichu Art Museum, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and pause for some photo ops at Himeji Castle Daitenshu no Shachigawara (Replica).

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Himeji travel route planning site .

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daytime highs in Himeji are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Naruto, Okayama, Takamatsu, Chichu Art Museum
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 19:
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Otsuka Museum of Art ©
Otsuka Museum of Art
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle, & more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Heian Shrine, don't miss a visit to Arashiyama, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto tour itinerary planning website .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can 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 25th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Todai-ji Temple
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 25:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

5
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Suwa Yakata Remains Garden (in Fukui), Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, & more) and Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama). There's much more to do: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip itinerary site .

Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Sairin-ji Temple, Gongenmori Beach, Suwa Yakata Remains Garden
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

5
nights
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Change things up with these side-trips from Matsumoto: Takayama (Okuhida Fukuji Onsen Asaichi, Sanmachi Suji, & more), Daiho-ji Temple (in Aoki-mura) and Zenko-ji Temple (in Nagano). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Matsumoto Castle, explore the world behind art at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, take a memorable drive along Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Yubatake.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Matsumoto trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Matsumoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Kanazawa in January; daily highs in Matsumoto reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Takayama, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Daiho-ji Temple, Zenko-ji Temple, Yubatake
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 4:
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Yubatake ©
Yubatake
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

4
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
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.
Fujikawaguchiko-machi is known for nature, museums, parks, events, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, explore the activities along Motosuko Lake, go for a walk through Lake Kawaguchi, and admire the masterpieces at Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi online visit planner .

You can drive from Matsumoto to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Matsumoto in February, Fujikawaguchiko-machi is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Kamakura.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Fuji-Q Highland, Mount Fuji
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 8:
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Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Fuji-Q Highland ©
Fuji-Q Highland

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kamakura side-trips: Kamogawa Sea World (in Kamogawa) and Moroiso Shores (in Miura). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Kōtoku-in, look for gifts at Samuraikibun Kamakura, take in the pleasant sights at Kamakura Zushi Highland Cherry Blossom Trees, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kamakura trip website .

Getting from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Kamakura by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Kamakura can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kamakura

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Enoshima Island, Moroiso Shores, Kamogawa Sea World
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 12:
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Kamogawa Sea World ©
Kamogawa Sea World
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

6
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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 16th (Sun) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take a stroll through Odaiba, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo route maker website .

You can take a train from Kamakura to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kamakura in February, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 12°C by day to 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 18:
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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