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Japan Road Trip

Tokyo - Nikko - Sendai - Morioka - Hakodate - Tomakomai - Obihiro - Asahikawa - Sapporo - Setana - Aomori - Akita - Niigata - Kanazawa - Nara - Kobe - Matsuyama - Sukumo - Nobeoka - Miyakonojo - Kanoya - Kumamoto - Saga - Nagato - Hamada - Hiroshima - Okayama - Himeji - Kyoto - Nagoya - Fuji

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Japan Road Trip ACTIVATE MAP Stages31 km5,910 h/stage2.9

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Road Trip Costs

How much does it cost to go on a Japan Road Trip in Japan?

Economy
Low budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 2,790EUR drive & more 800EUR sleep & more 2,046EUR eat & more 2,976EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 5,822EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 8,612EUR
Standard
Mid budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 4,464EUR drive & more 1,063EUR sleep & more 3,278EUR eat & more 4,464EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 8,805EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 13,269EUR
Premium
High budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 6,138EUR drive & more 1,438EUR sleep & more 6,138EUR eat & more 5,952EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 13,528EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 19,666EUR
Camper
On the road in RV, overnight at camp grounds with self-catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 6,975EUR drive & more 1,600EUR sleep & more 1,705EUR eat & more 2,976EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 6,281EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 13,256EUR
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Japan Road Trip Itinerary

Embark on an unforgettable journey with the Japan Road Trip! This incredible route covers a total of 5910km, and is recommended to be completed within 31 days. Starting in Tokyo and ending in Tokyo, the route takes you through some of the most beautiful and historically significant towns and cities in Japan. The first stop on your journey is Nikko, a town known for its beautiful shrines and temples, which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Next, you'll visit Morioka, known for its ancient castle and traditional festivals. Tomakomai is a port city with a vibrant nightlife, while Obihiro is known for its delicious local cuisine. Asahikawa is a city of art, culture and history, while Akita is known for its beautiful nature. Kobe is a vibrant port city, while Matsuyama is a historic city with a castle, hot springs and beautiful gardens. Miyakonojo is a traditional city with a history of samurai, and Kanoya is a coastal town with a stunning harbor. Kumamoto is a city of samurai culture, while Nagato is a city of hot springs and traditional gardens. Finally, you'll end your journey in Kyoto, a city full of ancient temples and shrines. The best time to drive this road trip is from April to October, when the weather is mild and the roads are in excellent condition. Along the way, you'll get to experience some of the most stunning landscapes and historical sites in Japan, including a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Although the roads can be curvy in some places, overall the roads are in excellent condition. This road trip offers a very high level of experience and memories for drivers of all levels, and can be managed with an extremely high budget. So why not take the plunge and embark on the Japan Road Trip today?
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START Tokyo

Distance 5,910 km Driving time 89.5 h Pace: fast 1,773.0 kWh Airports NRT , HND
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Tokyo, the vibrant capital of Japan, is an ideal starting point for a road trip. It has something for everyone, from stunning views of the city skyline to the unique culture and delicious food. The city is full of attractions, like the Imperial Palace, Tokyo Tower, and the National Museum of Nature and Science. For a taste of the traditional side of Japan, visit the Sensō-ji Temple or stroll through the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. If you're looking to explore further afield, Tokyo is conveniently located close to many of Japan's most popular destinations. Explore the city's history and culture in nearby Nikko or take a day trip to nearby Mount Fuji. For a beach getaway, consider the nearby beaches of Kamakura or Enoshima. For those traveling by air, Tokyo's Narita International Airport (IATA: NRT) is the closest international airport to the city. Car rentals are available here, making it easy to get to your next destination. So start your Japan Road Trip in Tokyo and explore all the city has to offer!

1 Tokyo - Nikko

Distance 185 km Driving time 2.4 h Pace: fast 55.4 kWh View map Itinerary
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Embark on an exciting road trip from Tokyo to Nikko! This 185km journey will take you fewer than three hours to complete, and you'll be rewarded with stunning views and a variety of historical sites along the way. On your way to Nikko, you'll be able to see the beautiful Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum, the Kegon Waterfall, the Tamozawa Imperial Villa, and the Toshogu Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As you drive, you'll be able to take in the picturesque landscapes and scenic roads. Make sure to bring your camera for some unforgettable memories! You may even spot some wild deer roaming around the area. For more information on attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please refer to the "Itinerary" of this stage. So, what are you waiting for? Get ready for an amazing road trip from Tokyo to Nikko!

2 Nikko - Sendai

Distance 260 km Driving time 3.1 h Pace: fast 78.1 kWh View map Itinerary
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Are you ready for an unforgettable road trip? Then Nikko and Sendai are the perfect places to start! This stage of your journey will take you through some of the most beautiful landscapes Japan has to offer. Start your adventure in Nikko, a city renowned for its stunning shrines and temples. Make sure to visit the Toshogu Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most lavishly decorated shrine in the country. From there, you can explore the nearby Kegon Falls, one of the three most beautiful waterfalls in Japan. Your next stop is Sendai, the largest city in the Tohoku region. Here, you can visit the Zuihoden Mausoleum, the final resting place of the local feudal lord Date Masamune. Don't forget to take in the views of the scenic Matsushima Bay, which is dotted with over 260 small islands. This 260 km journey between Nikko and Sendai will take you less than 4 hours to complete. For more information on attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please check the "Itinerary" of this stage. So, what are you waiting for? Get ready to explore one of the most beautiful regions of Japan!

3 Sendai - Morioka

Distance 181 km Driving time 2.3 h Pace: fast 54.3 kWh View map Itinerary
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Welcome to the Sendai-Morioka stage of your road trip! This stage of your journey is 181 km long and will take you less than 3 hours to complete. You will start in the vibrant city of Sendai, home to the beautiful Zuihoden Mausoleum, a shrine dedicated to the famous Date Masamune, a 16th-century feudal lord. From there, you will drive to the city of Morioka, where you can explore the Morioka Castle ruins and the Iwate Park, featuring a picturesque garden and a museum. In Sendai, make sure to visit the Jozenji Street, a lively shopping street, as well as the nearby Aoba Castle, located on the top of the mountain. In Morioka, don't miss the Iwate Museum of Art, where you can admire a wide selection of modern and traditional artworks. For more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please check the "Itinerary" of this stage. Enjoy your journey!

4 Morioka - Hakodate

Distance 291 km Driving time 4.3 h Pace: fast 87.4 kWh View map Itinerary
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Embark on a 291km road trip from Morioka to Hakodate! This journey will take you fewer than 5 hours, so you can easily make a day trip out of it. As you drive, take in the scenic views of the countryside, and don't forget to make a stop at the ferry crossing. Along the way, make sure to visit the most interesting places Morioka and Hakodate have to offer. In Morioka, take a stroll through the historic Morioka Castle Park, or get a glimpse of the local culture at the Morioka Handi-Crafts Center. In Hakodate, be sure to check out the beautiful night views from Mt. Hakodate, or explore the bay area of the city. For more information on attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, check out the Itinerary for this stage. Enjoy your road trip!

5 Hakodate - Tomakomai

Distance 257 km Driving time 3.4 h Pace: fast 77.1 kWh View map Itinerary
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Embark on an unforgettable road trip from Hakodate to Tomakomai! This is one of the stages of an amazing tour, and it's only a short drive of 257km that will take you less than 4 hours. Start your journey in Hakodate, a beautiful city in the southern part of Hokkaido. Visit the iconic Hakodate Morning Market, where you can sample the freshest seafood and local produce. Don't forget to take the ropeway to the summit of Mt. Hakodate for an incredible view of the city. Continue your journey to Tomakomai, a coastal city known for its beautiful nature. Take a stroll along the Tomakomai Coast, where you can take in the stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Don't forget to visit the nearby Mt. Tarumae, where you can enjoy a great view of the city and the surrounding area. For more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please refer to the "Itinerary" of this stage. Enjoy your journey!

6 Tomakomai - Obihiro

Distance 176 km Driving time 2.5 h Pace: fast 52.8 kWh View map Itinerary
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Are you ready for an amazing road trip experience? Then get ready to start your journey from Tomakomai, Japan and end in Obihiro! This stage of your trip will take you on a 176km journey, and you can complete it in fewer than 3 hours, so you can make the most of the time you have. You will be able to visit some of the most interesting places in the area, such as the Sapporo Beer Garden in Tomakomai and the Obihiro Racecourse in Obihiro. The Sapporo Beer Garden is a great place to relax and enjoy some delicious local food and beer, while the Obihiro Racecourse is a great place to watch some exciting horse races. For more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please check the "Itinerary" of this stage. We hope you have an amazing experience and enjoy your road trip!

7 Obihiro - Asahikawa

Distance 195 km Driving time 3.3 h Pace: modest 50.7 kWh View map Itinerary
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Are you ready for an amazing road trip starting in Obihiro and ending in Asahikawa? This 195km journey will take you through some of the most beautiful landscapes of Japan. You will be able to enjoy the breathtaking views of the countryside and observe the daily life of the locals. The journey starts in Obihiro, where you can explore the famous Hokkaido Obihiro Racecourse or visit the Obihiro Shrine. Then, you will make your way to the picturesque town of Shintoku, where you can visit the Shintoku Shrine and the Shintoku Historical Museum. The next stop is the small village of Kamishihoro, where you can visit the Kamishihoro Shrine and the Kamishihoro Historical Museum. After that, you can take a break at the gorgeous Lake Shikaribetsu, where you can enjoy the stunning views of the lake and the surrounding mountains. The last stop of your road trip is the city of Asahikawa, which is home to the Asahikawa Zoo, the Asahikawa Museum, and the Asahiyama Zoo. Here you can enjoy the vibrant city life and explore the many attractions the city has to offer. This road trip will take less than 4 hours to complete and is one of the most interesting stages of a larger tour. For more information regarding attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please check the "Itinerary" of this stage. So, pack your bags and get ready for an unforgettable road trip!

8 Asahikawa - Sapporo

Distance 138 km Driving time 1.9 h Pace: fast 41.4 kWh View map Itinerary
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Are you ready for a thrilling road trip from Asahikawa to Sapporo? This 138km journey will take you less than 2 hours to complete and you will be able to enjoy the stunning scenery along the way. The road is winding in some sections, so make sure to pay attention to the road. You can visit the Asahiyama Zoo, the most popular zoo in Hokkaido, or the Historical Village of Hokkaido, a museum where you can learn about the history and culture of the region. In Sapporo, you can visit the Sapporo Beer Museum, the Sapporo Clock Tower and the Sapporo Snow Festival. For more information on attractions, accommodation, recommended restaurants and campsites along the route, please check the "Itinerary" of this stage. So, what are you waiting for? Get ready for an unforgettable road trip!

9 Sapporo - Setana

Distance 213 km Driving time 3.8 h Pace: modest 55.4 kWh View map Itinerary
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Are you ready for a road trip adventure? Starting in Sapporo, Japan, you’ll be driving 213km south to Setana in less than four hours. Along the way, you’ll be able to take in the spectacular views of the countryside. Make sure to keep an eye out for the beautiful Lake Shikotsu, the highest peak of the Daisetsuzan National Park, and the stunning views of the Sea of Japan. Take a break in the city of Tomakomai, where you can explore the parks and gardens, or take a stroll down the waterfront. You’ll also find the Tomakomai Museum of Art, which showcases the area’s cultural heritage. Make sure to stop in the town of Muroran, where you can visit the Muroran Port and the Muroran Marine Park. Here, you can take in the stunning views of the harbor and the sea. You can also take a boat ride around the harbor and explore the nearby islands. Finally, you’ll arrive in Setana, where you can explore the Setana Fish Market and the Setana Hot Springs. Here, you can relax and enjoy the hot springs, or explore the nearby Setana Castle. For more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please check the Itinerary for this stage of your road trip.

10 Setana - Aomori

Distance 123 km Driving time 2.0 h Pace: fast 36.9 kWh View map Itinerary
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Embark on a thrilling road trip from Setana to Aomori, Japan, a distance of 123km that can be covered in less than 2 hours. This is one of the stages of a larger tour and an unforgettable ferry crossing awaits drivers at this stage. Start your journey in Setana, where you can explore the beautiful Setana Beach, a popular spot for swimming, fishing, and picnicking. Don't forget to visit the Setana Observatory, where you can admire the stunning views of the Tsugaru Strait. Continue your journey to Aomori, the northernmost prefecture of Tohoku region. Here, you can explore the Hakkoda Mountains, known for their breathtaking natural beauty and hiking trails. Make sure to visit the Sannai Maruyama Site, home to the world's oldest wooden structures. Don't forget to visit the Hirosaki Castle and the Aomori Museum of Art, where you can admire the works of renowned Japanese artists. For more information regarding attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please refer to the "Itinerary" of this stage. So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your Setana-Aomori road trip today!

11 Aomori - Akita

Distance 181 km Driving time 2.9 h Pace: fast 54.3 kWh View map Itinerary
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Are you ready for an unforgettable road trip from Aomori to Akita? This 181km journey will take you less than 3 hours to complete and is part of a larger tour. Along the way, you will be able to explore some of the most interesting places in these two regions. In Aomori, make sure to visit the Sannai-Maruyama Site, the largest Jomon period archaeological site in Japan. You can also visit the Aomori Museum of Art and the Hakkoda Mountains, a great place for skiing, trekking and hot spring resorts. When you get to Akita, you can explore the Oga Jinja Shrine, the oldest shrine in the region. Also, don't miss the Akita Nairiku Jukan Railway, a unique train line that runs through the mountains. Finally, don't forget to visit Kakunodate, a traditional castle town with samurai residences and cherry blossom trees. For more information regarding attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please check the "Itinerary" of this stage. Enjoy your journey!

12 Akita - Niigata

Distance 275 km Driving time 4.4 h Pace: fast 82.4 kWh View map Itinerary
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Are you ready for an amazing road trip from Akita to Niigata? This 275 km route is an exciting journey that will take you less than 5 hours to complete. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful places in Japan. Start your adventure in Akita and visit the renowned Akita Castle. This impressive structure was built in 1602 and is a great place to learn about the history of the city. After exploring the castle, take some time to admire the beauty of Lake Tazawa and its surrounding mountains. Continue your journey to Niigata and experience the natural beauty of the region. On the way, you can stop at the Oga Aquarium, where you can observe a variety of marine life. Then, visit the famous Sado Gold Mine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Finally, make a stop at the Niigata City Museum, where you can learn about the culture and history of the city. As you travel along this route, you will be able to enjoy the scenic views of the countryside. So, don't forget to take some pictures! For more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please consult the "Itinerary" of this stage. Pack your bags and get ready for an unforgettable road trip from Akita to Niigata!

13 Niigata - Kanazawa

Distance 307 km Driving time 3.8 h Pace: fast 92.1 kWh View map Itinerary
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Take the opportunity to explore Niigata and Kanazawa on a 307km road trip! Starting in Niigata, you can visit the Niigata Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, the Niigata City Aquarium, and the Niigata City Art Museum. From there, you'll drive to Kanazawa, where you can explore the Kenrokuen Garden, the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Kanazawa Castle Park. In total, the drive should take less than 4 hours. This is just one stage of a larger tour, so make sure to check out the "Itinerary" for this stage for more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route. Enjoy your road trip!

14 Kanazawa - Nara

Distance 293 km Driving time 3.6 h Pace: fast 87.8 kWh View map Itinerary
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Experience an amazing road trip from Kanazawa to Nara! This 293 km journey will take you through some of the most beautiful places in Japan, and will give you the opportunity to explore the rich historical and cultural heritage of the country. Along the way, you will have the chance to visit some of the UNESCO World Heritage sites, such as the Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara and the Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama. You will also be able to enjoy the stunning views of the winding roads and the surrounding nature. The entire journey will take you less than 4 hours, so make sure to make the most of it! Don't forget to explore the local attractions, such as Kenroku-en Garden in Kanazawa and Todai-ji Temple in Nara. For more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please check the Itinerary of this stage. Enjoy your journey!

15 Nara - Kobe

Distance 83 km Driving time 1.4 h Pace: modest 21.5 kWh View map Itinerary
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Embark on a memorable road trip from Nara to Kobe! This 83 km journey will take you less than two hours and will be full of breathtaking views of the countryside. As you drive through the scenic road, you’ll pass by some of the most beloved attractions in Japan, such as the Kasuga Grand Shrine, Todaiji Temple, and the Nara National Museum. Once you reach Kobe, you’ll find the city’s incredible waterfront which is home to the Kobe Port Tower and the beautiful Kobe Meriken Park. Don’t forget to visit the famous Kitano-cho, a former foreign settlement that’s now a vibrant area full of unique shops and restaurants. For more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, be sure to check the “Itinerary” of this stage. Get ready to explore Nara and Kobe on a memorable journey!

16 Kobe - Matsuyama

Distance 302 km Driving time 3.8 h Pace: fast 90.6 kWh View map Itinerary
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Welcome, road-trippers! This stage of your journey takes you from Kobe to Matsuyama, a drive of 302 km that should take you less than 4 hours. On your way, you will be able to enjoy the idyllic views of the countryside, so make sure to pay attention to the scenic roads. Starting in Kobe, you should visit the Kobe Port Tower, a 108-meter-high tower that offers a unique view of the city. Make sure to also visit the nearby Kitano-cho, an area filled with foreign-style mansions. As you continue your journey, you will come across the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in the world. After crossing it, you will arrive in the city of Matsuyama, where you should visit the Matsuyama Castle, a 400-year-old castle located on top of a hill. There, you can also find the Dogo Onsen, a hot spring bathhouse that is said to have been used by the Emperor himself. You can find more information regarding attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route in the "Itinerary" of this stage. Enjoy your trip!

17 Matsuyama - Sukumo

Distance 155 km Driving time 2.4 h Pace: fast 46.6 kWh View map Itinerary
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Welcome to the Matsuyama-Sukumo road trip! This 155 km journey takes you through some of the most beautiful landscapes in Japan, and can be completed in less than 3 hours. To start your trip, visit the Matsuyama Castle, one of the oldest and most iconic castles in Japan. After that, make sure to check out the Dogo Onsen, a hot spring bathhouse which has been around for over 3000 years. As you make your way to Sukumo, you will have the opportunity to take a ferry crossing. During your drive, be sure to take in the scenic views of the Seto Inland Sea. When you arrive in Sukumo, make sure to visit the Takahashi Castle ruins, a historically significant castle which has been around since the 16th century. For more information on attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, be sure to check out the "Itinerary" of this stage. Enjoy your Matsuyama-Sukumo road trip!

18 Sukumo - Nobeoka

Distance 4 km Driving time 0.1 h Pace: slow 0.9 kWh View map Itinerary
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Are you ready for an amazing road trip stage through the picturesque region of Sukumo, Japan and Nobeoka? This 4 km journey will take you less than an hour to complete, so don't forget to take your time and enjoy the sights! Your first stop should be at the Shinto Shrine in Sukumo. This shrine is known for its traditional architecture and beautiful gardens. Next, you should visit the Sazae-do Temple in Nobeoka. This temple is a great place to learn about the history and culture of the area. If you're looking for a more active adventure, the Ushio Waterfall Park is a great place to explore. This park has a variety of trails, perfect for hiking or biking. For a unique experience, you should visit the Nobeoka City Museum. This museum showcases the history and culture of the area through exhibits and artifacts. For a more relaxing experience, you should visit the Nobeoka Onsen. This hot spring is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a long day of sightseeing. For more information regarding attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, check out the "Itinerary" of this stage. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and get ready for a memorable road trip through Sukumo and Nobeoka!

19 Nobeoka - Miyakonojo

Distance 66 km Driving time 1.0 h Pace: fast 19.7 kWh View map Itinerary
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Welcome to the Nobeoka to Miyakonojo stage of your road trip! This stage is only 66 km long and you can travel it in less than an hour. The first stop is Nobeoka, a city with a rich history and culture. Take some time to visit the ancient Nobeoka Castle and the local temples, then find a delicious local restaurant to enjoy a meal. After that, you can proceed to Miyakonojo. Here, you can visit the Miyakonojo Castle ruins and the Miyakonojo City Museum. You can also explore the old town area, and enjoy the traditional Japanese architecture. Finally, you can take a stroll in the Miyakonojo Park and enjoy the nature. For more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please check the Itinerary of this stage. Have a great trip!

20 Miyakonojo - Kanoya

Distance 142 km Driving time 2.1 h Pace: fast 42.6 kWh View map Itinerary
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Ready for an amazing road trip from Miyakonojo to Kanoya? This 142 km journey will take you less than 3 hours and offers some of the most beautiful sights in Japan. As you drive, keep an eye out for the winding roads, as some sections are quite curvy. You'll be able to enjoy the stunning views of the countryside, so make sure to take plenty of photos! Along the way, you'll want to stop at the Miyakonojo Castle, the Aoshima Subtropical Botanical Garden, and the Kanoya Air Base Museum. All these attractions are sure to make your road trip even more memorable. Be sure to check the "Itinerary" of this stage for more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route. Have a great trip!

21 Kanoya - Kumamoto

Distance 188 km Driving time 4.2 h Pace: modest 48.9 kWh View map Itinerary
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Embark on a memorable road trip from Kanoya to Kumamoto! The 188km journey will take you fewer than 5 hours and will be full of scenic views. You'll get to cross the sea by ferry and drive on winding roads, making sure to take in the breathtaking views. Don't forget to stop in Kanoya to see the Kanoya Air Base Museum, and in Kumamoto, visit Kumamoto Castle and Suizenji Park. More attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route can be found in the "Itinerary" of this stage. So, get ready to hit the road and have an unforgettable experience!

22 Kumamoto - Saga

Distance 306 km Driving time 6.4 h Pace: modest 79.7 kWh View map Itinerary
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Welcome to the road trip stage from Kumamoto to Saga! This stage of your journey will take you through some of the most beautiful sights in Japan. You'll be driving for about 306km over the course of 7 hours, so make sure to take your time and enjoy the scenic roads. Your first stop is Kumamoto, home to the iconic Kumamoto Castle and Suizenji Park. The castle is a stunning sight to behold, and the park is a great place to take a stroll. Next, you'll be heading to Uto, where you can visit the Uto Onsen hot springs. The onsen is a great place to relax and soak in the hot springs after a long day of driving. Your final destination is Saga, where you can explore the beautiful Saga Castle and the Saga Prefectural Art Museum. The castle is an impressive sight and the museum has some great artworks on display. Make sure to take your time and enjoy your journey from Kumamoto to Saga. For more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please consult the "Itinerary" of this stage. Happy travels!

23 Saga - Nagato

Distance 86 km Driving time 2.0 h Pace: modest 22.5 kWh View map Itinerary
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Welcome to the Saga-Nagato stage of your road trip! This 86 km journey will take you less than 2 hours of driving time, and is part of a larger tour. In Saga, you can find attractions such as the Ureshino Onsen hot springs, the Saga Castle ruins, and the Arita Ceramics Park. You can also visit the Saga Prefectural Art Museum, the Saga Prefectural History Museum, and the Saga Prefectural Museum of Yumekawa. Once you reach Nagato, you can explore the Nagato Yumoto Onsen hot springs, the Nagato Yumoto Park, and the Nagato Maritime Museum. There are also several temples and shrines in the area, including the Kannonji Temple and the Okamoto Shrine. Be sure to check out the Itinerary for this stage of your trip to get more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route. Enjoy your journey!

24 Nagato - Hamada

Distance 316 km Driving time 5.5 h Pace: modest 82.3 kWh View map Itinerary
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Embark on an unforgettable road trip from Nagato to Hamada! This stage of your journey covers 316 km and can be completed in less than 6 hours. Along the way, make sure to stop and admire the breathtaking views of the scenic roads! Start your journey in Nagato, a city known for its beautiful gardens and temples. Take a stroll through the Nagato Yumoto Onsen, a hot spring town surrounded by lush greenery, and visit the Kannon-in Temple, a 17th-century temple with a stunning view of the ocean. Continue your drive to Hamada, a city with a rich history and culture. Explore the ruins of the Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Hamada Castle, a 16th-century castle with a beautiful garden. Make sure to take the time to enjoy all the sights and sounds along the way. For more information on attractions, accommodation, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, be sure to check the Itinerary of this stage. Enjoy your journey!

25 Hamada - Hiroshima

Distance 123 km Driving time 2.2 h Pace: modest 31.9 kWh View map Itinerary
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Embark on an unforgettable road trip from Hamada to Hiroshima! This 123km journey will take you less than 3 hours and will take you past some of the most interesting places in Japan. Start your journey in Hamada and make sure to visit the Hamada Castle, one of the few remaining original castles in Japan. From there, drive to the Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As you continue your journey, you will come across the Iwami Kagura Theater, where you can witness the traditional performing arts of Japan. Finally, you will reach Hiroshima, home to the iconic Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and the Atomic Bomb Dome. Don’t forget to visit the Hiroshima Castle, which is one of the few remaining original castles in Japan. Along the way, you can also find many other attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites. For more information, check the Itinerary of this stage.

26 Hiroshima - Okayama

Distance 106 km Driving time 1.9 h Pace: modest 27.5 kWh View map Itinerary
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Are you looking for a short and sweet road trip stage? Look no further! Hiroshima to Okayama is the perfect stage for you! This 106km journey will take you no more than 2 hours and you will get to experience some of the most interesting places in these two cities. Start your journey in Hiroshima, home to the iconic Atomic Bomb Dome. This memorial serves as a reminder of the tragedy that occurred here in 1945 and is a must-see for any visitor. Afterwards, take a stroll in the beautiful Shukkei-en Garden, a traditional Japanese garden with a pond, tea house, and a small hill. As you make your way to Okayama, make sure to stop at the famous Koraku-en Garden. This garden is considered one of the three most beautiful gardens of Japan and is a great place to take pictures and admire nature. Finally, arrive in Okayama and explore the Okayama Castle, a classic Japanese castle with a five-story keep. It is surrounded by a moat and offers a great view of the city. This is just one of many stages of an amazing tour, so make sure to check out the "Itinerary" section of this stage to get more information on attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route. Enjoy your journey!

27 Okayama - Himeji

Distance 169 km Driving time 2.4 h Pace: fast 50.7 kWh View map Itinerary
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Embark on a breathtaking road trip from Okayama to Himeji! This 169 km journey takes less than three hours to complete, but you won't want to rush it. Along the way, you'll be able to take in some of Japan's most iconic sites, like the Okayama Castle and the Himeji Castle, both of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You'll also be able to view the beautiful countryside, with its rolling hills and lush forests. Be sure to keep your eyes open for interesting roadside attractions, like the Bizen Osafune Japanese Sword Museum, where you can learn about the history of the samurai. You'll also find plenty of local restaurants, cafes, and shops to explore. Finally, if you're looking for a place to stay, there are several campsites along the way. For more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, be sure to check out the "Itinerary" of this stage.

28 Himeji - Kyoto

Distance 98 km Driving time 1.4 h Pace: fast 29.3 kWh View map Itinerary
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Embark on an exciting road trip stage that starts in Himeji, Japan and ends in Kyoto! This 98 km journey will take you less than two hours and you will be able to see some of the most interesting places in these two cities. In Himeji, visit the Himeji Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the nearby Kokoen Garden. In Kyoto, you will find the Kiyomizu-dera Temple, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Fushimi Inari Shrine, a stunning Shinto shrine. If you have time, explore the Gion district and the nearby Yasaka Shrine. Along the way, you will also find plenty of restaurants and accommodation options. For more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please check the itinerary of this stage. Enjoy your road trip!

29 Kyoto - Nagoya

Distance 125 km Driving time 1.6 h Pace: fast 37.4 kWh View map Itinerary
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Embark on a memorable road trip from Kyoto to Nagoya! This 125 km journey will take you less than 2 hours, and will be an exciting experience. Start off in Kyoto, the former capital of Japan, where you will be able to explore the ancient temples and shrines of the city. Visit the iconic Kiyomizu-dera Temple, the Golden Pavilion, and the Nijo Castle. Afterwards, make your way to Nagoya where you can explore the Atsuta Shrine and the Tokugawa Art Museum. Along the way, take in the scenic views of the countryside and the many small towns. Make sure to keep an eye out for the many roadside attractions and take a few pit stops for some refreshments. For more information on attractions, accommodation, restaurants, and campsites along the route, please refer to the Itinerary of this stage. Enjoy your journey!

30 Nagoya - Fuji

Distance 140 km Driving time 1.9 h Pace: fast 41.9 kWh View map Itinerary
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Are you ready for an amazing road trip from Nagoya to Fuji? This 140 km journey is estimated to take less than two hours, and you will be rewarded with some of the most spectacular scenery in Japan. As you travel along the route, be sure to take in the stunning views of the countryside, with its lush forests, rolling hills, and picturesque villages. Your first stop should be Nagoya Castle, a 17th century castle that is known for its impressive walls and turrets. Then, head to the Tokugawa Art Museum, where you can learn about the history of the Tokugawa Shogunate. From there, make your way to the Atsuta Shrine, one of the most important Shinto shrines in Japan. As you continue your journey, you will pass the Nagashima Spa Land amusement park, the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and the Inuyama Castle. Finally, you will reach your destination - the majestic Mount Fuji. Here, you can take in the breathtaking views of the mountain and its surrounding area. You can also visit the nearby Fuji-Q Highland amusement park, as well as the nearby lakes and hot springs. For more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, be sure to check the "Itinerary" of this stage. Enjoy your journey!

31 Fuji - Tokyo

Distance 215 km Driving time 2.6 h Pace: fast 64.6 kWh View map Itinerary
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Starting in Fuji, Japan, the road trip to Tokyo is an exciting 215 km journey that will take you less than 3 hours. On the way, you will have the opportunity to explore some of Japan's most interesting places. In Fuji, you can visit the iconic Mount Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan, and marvel at its beauty. You can also take a cable car to the summit and enjoy the breathtaking views. As you drive through the countryside, you will find yourself in the beautiful city of Yamanashi. Here, you can visit the Château Kamiya winery and sample some of their finest wines. You can also visit the Kofu Castle and learn about the city's history. Continuing your journey, you will arrive in the city of Hachioji, where you can explore the beautiful Hachioji Park. Here, you can enjoy a relaxing stroll along the park's many trails and admire the stunning views. Finally, you will reach the bustling city of Tokyo. Here, you can visit the historic Imperial Palace and take a stroll through the Imperial Garden. You can also explore the vibrant streets of Shinjuku and Shibuya, and enjoy the city's vibrant nightlife. This is just one of the stages of a larger tour, and more information regarding attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route is available in the "Itinerary" of this stage.

32 Tokyo

Distance 212 km Driving time 2.8 h Pace: fast 63.6 kWh Airports NRT , HND View map Itinerary
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Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is the final destination of the "Japan Road Trip". Located in the center of the country, Tokyo is a modern and vibrant city known for its unique culture, friendly people and world-class attractions. The city is home to some of the most iconic landmarks in Japan, such as the Tokyo Tower, the Meiji Shrine and the Senso-ji Temple. The streets of Tokyo are full of life, and the city is home to some of the most interesting and diverse places to eat and shop. From traditional Japanese cuisine to international delicacies, Tokyo has something for everyone. For those traveling by car, the city is easily accessible from all parts of Japan. The city is connected to the rest of the country by the Metropolitan Expressway, a network of highways and expressways that connect Tokyo to other major cities in the region. For those traveling by air, the closest international airport to Tokyo is Narita International Airport (NRT). The airport is located just outside of Tokyo and is connected to the city by an extensive network of trains and buses. No matter how you travel to Tokyo, it is the perfect way to finish your "Japan Road Trip". With its unique culture, friendly people and world-class attractions, Tokyo is a must-visit destination for any traveler.

Japan Road Trip at a glance

The above trip will become a perfect inspiration for your future holidays.
Our tour can be used as a foundation that can be recreated in its entirety or only partially and that can be enriched with interesting tourist attractions.
If car travel is a travel mode that you prefer, there are a number of essential traffic regulations to follow and a list of things to be mindful of to turn your road trip into pure pleasure. These tips will surely become useful for holidayers who are interested in vehicle rental or camper hire in Japan.
There are a number of traffic rules to be bore in mind while on a tour around Japan. In Japan, if you are planning to drive, try to stay away from alcohol at any cost. Holidayers ought to remember that the amount of alcohol you can consume is extremely low and cannot exceed 0.3‰. The maximum permissible speed in urban areas is 40km/h. 80km/h is the maximum speed around rural areas. On highways, 110km/h is the allowed speed that you should never exceed in Japan. Driving with your headlights on at daytime and equipping your vehicle with a first aid kit and fire extinguisher increase the safety.
The majority of travellers are also interested in the travel expenses of the whole road trip. Well, depending on your needs, the amount of money that you have to spend may differ. Take a look at the available budget options.
The cost of gasoline for the cheapest option to cover the planned 5,910km while travelling around Japan can cost around 800 EUR. Holidaymakers will have to pay the average of up to 2,046 EUR for budget hotels. Holidaymakers who go for this option will spend around 2,976 EUR on food and restaurants. If your aim is also the cheapest car hire option, you will pay about 2,790 EUR. Thus, going for vehicle rental will increase the expenses of the road trip from approximately 5,822 EUR to more or less 8,612 EUR.
When it comes to the standard offer, the gasoline for 32 stages around Japan can amount to 1,063 EUR. If you are into standard accommodation options, you should bear in mind that the expenses can amount up to around 3,278 EUR. When choosing this option, take into consideration that the food and restaurants within this range will cost approximately 4,464 EUR. Travellers who want to cover the tour in a standard hire car should expect a cost of roughly 4,464 EUR. Drivers who would like to rent a car will pay approximately 13,269 EUR for the whole trip, whereas those who are not interested in vehicle hire will spend around 8,805 EUR.
Holidaymakers who would like to benefit from the highest level of convenience will be pleased with the premium option. When it comes to this offer, the estimated cost of the road trip will total around 19,666 EUR for holidayers who are considering vehicle rental and 8,805 EUR for those who do not need a hire vehicle. Travellers who would like to cover the trip in a premium hire vehicle should expect a cost of around 6,138 EUR. In the premium version of the adventure, the fuel cost will be up to roughly 1,438 EUR. Holidaymakers should expect to pay more or less 5,952 EUR for restaurants and food and around 6,138 EUR for overnight stays if they are searching for the exclusive standard of services.
Our tour will also be superb for all camper enthusiasts, as it can be easily adjusted to their expectations. If you choose this travel means, it costs roughly 6,975 EUR. Travellers will spend approximately 1,600 EUR on gasoline allowing to cover all stages of the tour. Drivers who are interested in camper rental should expect to pay more or less 1,705 EUR for overnight stays and about 2,976 EUR for expenses connected with food.
The section Road Trip Costs presents all the above-mentioned details in a straightforward manner.
The period between August and November is superb to explore the part of Japan described in our itinerary idea. If you like Japan Road Trip, check out other thrilling journeys that are available on our website. The wide spectrum of road trips will definitely cater to the needs of the most demanding holidayers.

Facts for safer driving in Japan

drink drive limit drink drive limit 0.3
max speed urban max speed urban 40 km/h
max speed rural max speed rural 80 km/h
max speed highway max speed highway 110 km/h
headlights at daytime headlights at daytime on
fire extinguisher fire extinguisher yes
tolls tolls yes
seat belts seat belts yes

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