In this Itineraries section, we’ve uploaded some detailed trip itineraries to give you an idea of how to go about planning your Japan holiday. If you want to visit Japan but you’re unsure of what to do and where to go, put our expert planning skills to good use and check out our holiday itineraries based on real events, real places and real adventures!
Tokyo – Fuji – Matsumoto – Ibaraki | 6th – 18th September 2017
We’ve planned out this latest itinerary based around two super exciting automotive events taking place this September! In this action-packed 12-night, 13-day holiday you’ll get to spend time enjoying Japanese car culture at its very best, including a famous GT-R festival at Fuji Speedway, epic grassroots racing action at Tsukuba Circuit, sightseeing around two of the most beautiful areas in Japan (around Mount Fuji and Matsumoto in Nagano) plus you’ll get to drive cool sports cars & visit workshops – basically everything you could ever dream of doing in Japan! Note that it also involves hiring a rental car for the majority of your trip.
Tokyo – Shiga – Kyoto – Osaka – Chiba | 22nd June – 3rd July 2017
This jam-packed sample itinerary involves road-tripping around Japan in a rental car while enjoying all of the very best things this magical country has to offer! You’ll get to spend time in both busy cities and quiet, rural villages; you’ll visit iconic Japanese race tracks such as Tsukuba Circuit and Meihan Sportsland, plus you’ll have plenty of time for general sightseeing and workshop visits, or any other activities of your choosing!
Note. rental car would be for 9 days.
Fukuoka – Oita – Miyazaki – Kumamoto | 27th May – 1st June 2017
Hey guys, Taryn here! I’m planning another quick Japan trip, so I thought I’d upload a copy of my own Japan trip itinerary for you to check out. Click the link below to check out what I’m going to be getting up to!
Fukuoka – Oita – Miyazaki – Kumamoto | May 2017
In our latest sample itinerary we’ve put together something really different – a Japan trip to Kyushu! It’s based around a 12-day trip including plenty of driving around the countryside, two different car events and a whole lot of sightseeing! Click the link below to take a look:
Part 1: Osaka – Hiroshima – Tokyo | 23rd March – 4th April 2017
Our goal here at JapanCarCulture.com is simple: to help you have the ultimate, all-round experience when you visit Japan! Whether you’re planning your first ever trip to the Land of the Rising Sun – or your second or third – we’re here to make sure that it contains super omfg-levels of awesome. Now, we know that most people can’t get a humongous amount of time away from their jobs and/or daily lives and families, so we’ve created our latest two itineraries each with equal amounts of coolness – BUT if you want 2x the coolness factor you’ve also got the option of double-whammying them together to create one incredible 26-day adventure. You know, just in case you wanted to drop everything and take an extended vacation and get all of your Japan wanderlust out of your system once and for all (although we really can’t guarantee that you’ll be satisfied with just one Japan trip!)
Here’s Part One…
Part 2: Tokyo – Fuji – Matsumoto – Kyoto – Nagoya | 5th – 17th April 2017
Here’s Part Two! Note that this itinerary involves a lot of driving and renting a car for 11 days.
Combined version: All of the above | 23rd March – 17th April 2017
And here’s both Part 1 and 2 combined together. Note that we’ve made just a few changes in the middle with shuffling things around and adding some new activities to make the time spent in Tokyo a bit more interesting. We hope these itineraries give you a bunch of new ideas on how you could plan your upcoming trip!
Tokyo – Nagoya – Osaka | 3rd – 14th February 2017
If you’re a Time Attack fan this trip is going to be your dream! In this 11-night itinerary you’ll get to explore three of Japan’s biggest cities, go to two big Time Attack events at both Tsukuba and Suzuka Circuit, you’ll have heaps of time for sightseeing and you’ll get to go to an awesome car show too. Did we mention you’ll be driving to all of these places too? Click the link below to check it out, and hopefully you’ll get some ideas for your upcoming trip!
Note. This trip itinerary would require renting a car for 6 days, however you’d be picking it up and returning it in different cities. This is fine, but usually costs quite a bit more. For this itinerary though we think it’d be worth it! With a car you’ll have a lot of freedom and get to experience Japan in a completely different way.
Tokyo – Tochigi – Fuji – Chiba | 12th – 23rd January 2017
Winter in Japan might get a bit chilly, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still sample all the very best things this magical country has to offer! This sample itinerary is for 12 day trip (11 nights) and will take you different areas outside of – but not far from – Tokyo, you’ll get to experience the madness of Tokyo Auto Salon, visit Nikko Circuit, Fuji Speedway and Mobara Twin Circuit and more.
Note. This trip itinerary would require renting a car for 7 days, but keep in mind that you wouldn’t be purchasing a JR pass or using rail transport very much. If you wanted to save a bit of money you could rent a car twice, returning it when you don’t need it (there are two days where you’ll be sightseeing in Tokyo, where you wan’t really need to use it – unless of course you wanted to visit some workshops or other places where a car would be needed!) It’s also worth nothing that some driving in snow maybe involved! This itinerary might not be suitable for inexperienced drivers or those who haven’t driven in snow before.
Yokohama – Tokyo – Kyoto – Nagoya – Izu | 17th February – 1st March 2017
Here’s another itinerary we’ve put together that will allow you to experience all the very best things Japan has to offer, all within the short time frame of 13 days and 12 nights! You’ll get to explore Japan by car, attend two really big car shows plus experience delicious cuisine and visit a famous cherry blossom festival.
Note. This trip itinerary would require renting a car for 8 days, but keep in mind that you wouldn’t be purchasing a JR pass or using rail transport very much. A lot of driving will be involved too, so we’d recommend this itinerary only for people who are confident in driving long distances in other countries! Having more than one person capable of driving so you can share driver duties would be ideal too.
Kantō – Tōhoku | 22nd- 31st October 2016
We’ve put this itinerary together based around a holiday we WISH we could do! If you love old school Japanese cars and want to get off the beaten path a bit to explore some ‘less mainstream’ tourist attractions in Japan, this itinerary is for you. We’ve packed in a huge amount of activities into a 10-day period for this one; the perfect balance of sightseeing, cultural experiences, road-tripping and all-round automotive amazingness to satisfy even the most hardcore of car fans!
Chiba – Tokyo – Yokohama – Fuji – 30th September – 11th October 2016
With some exciting events lined up for this coming October, we’ve put together this itinerary as some inspiration. If you love Nissan and Toyota, you’re really going to love this one! This holiday is going to cover all of the best things Japan has to offer, from two highly recommend car shows with spectacular on-track action to workshop visits, driving roads, stunning views and sightseeing – EVERYTHING!
Matsumoto – Chiba – Yokohama – Hiroshima – Nagoya – Osaka – 14th April – 6th June 2016
Hey guys, Taryn here! I thought I’d upload a copy of my own Japan trip itinerary for you to check out. Click the link below for a rough overview of what I’ve organised so far…
Tokyo – Fuji – Gunma – Yokohama – July/August 2016
This sample itinerary would for a 10-day, 11-night stay, but you’d get to get to do SO much within that timeframe! This is every Initial D lover’s dream vacation – you’ll get to drive some of the incredible roads that feature in the famous manga series, visit famous workshops, museums, and see some of the coolest 86s in Japan at Fuji Speedway + much more. Feel free to rearrange things to do any other activities of your choosing!
Note. This trip itinerary would require renting a car for 8 days, but keep in mind that you wouldn’t be purchasing a JR pass or using rail transport very much, and also renting a car in Japan is reasonably cheap especially if you’re splitting the costs between a group of people.
Tokyo – Fukushima – Osaka – August 2016
This sample itinerary would be for a quick, 12-day, 11-night stay, but it packs a whole lot of action! You’ll get to visit several different regions of Japan and iconic Japanese race track facilities such as Ebisu Circuit and Meihan Sportsland, plus you’ll have plenty of time for general sightseeing and workshop visits, or any other activities of your choosing!