27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

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Osaka
— 3 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hakuba-mura
— 4 nights
Shuttle
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Nagano
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nozawaonsen-mura
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yamanouchi-machi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kofu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Osaka

— 3 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Omiwa Shrine and Horyu-ji Temple. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nishinomiya Shrine and Mt. Wakakusa. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Kashihara Jingu (in Kashihara) and Nara Park (in Nara). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, get a taste of the local shopping with Hankyu Umeda Honten, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planning website.

Sydney, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in January; daily highs in Osaka reach 10°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 3 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kamigamo Shrine. Get some historical perspective at Kyoto Gyoen National Garden and Kinkaku-ji. Next up on the itinerary: expand your horizons at Ninja Dojo and Store, take a stroll through Gion, examine the collection at Kyoto Railway Museum, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Kyoto road trip planning site.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Hakuba-mura

— 4 nights
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort and Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden. Escape the urban bustle at Hakuba and Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort. Change things up with these side-trips from Hakuba-mura: Otari-mura (Hakubaoike & Hakuba Norikura Onsen Ski Resort), Omachi (Iyari Marsh, Reisyoji, &more) and Matsumoto (Hodaka Shrine Okumiya, Mt. Norikura Snow Resort, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, head outdoors with Hakuba Lion Adventure, and hike along Happo-one Nature Study Course.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hakuba-mura trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Kyoto to Hakuba-mura in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Kyoto in January; daily highs in Hakuba-mura reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can take a shuttle to Nagano.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nagano

— 3 nights
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
On the 4th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kankeiji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple, then surround yourself with nature on Snow Monkey Resorts, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ikenotaira Onsen Ski Resort, then fly down the slopes at Togakushi Ski Area, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Togakushi Jinja Hokosha, and finally hit the slopes at Iizuna Resort.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagano online road trip planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Hakuba-mura to Nagano takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Nagano are 4°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nozawaonsen-mura.

Things to do in Nagano

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Nozawaonsen-mura

— 3 nights
Many visitors take a trip to Nozawaonsen-mura, a picturesque hot spring village in Nagano Prefecture, to get away from it all.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Tosen-ji Temple and Rinsen-ji Temple. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort and Akakan Ski Area. Change things up with these side-trips from Nozawaonsen-mura: Norn Minakami Ski Resort (in Minakami-machi), Yuzawa-machi (Yuzawa Park Ski Resort & Iwappara Ski Resort) and Myoko Sanroku Outlet Store Tomato (in Myoko). There's still lots to do: indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Nozawa Onsen, get a dose of the wild on Shin-etsu Shizenkyo Activity Center, stroll through Madarao Mountain Resort, and fly down the slopes at Togari Onsen Ski Resort.

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Traveling by car from Nagano to Nozawaonsen-mura takes 1.5 hours. In February in Nozawaonsen-mura, expect temperatures between 4°C during the day and -2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Nozawaonsen-mura

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yamanouchi-machi

— 3 nights
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area and Ryuoo Mountain Park. Visiting Shiga Kogen and Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Yamanouchi-machi: Manza Onsen Ski Place (in Naganohara-machi) and Kijimadaira Ski Resort (in Kijimadaira-mura). There's lots more to do: fly down the slopes at Ichinose Diamond Ski Resort, look for gifts at Snow Monkey Resorts Info & Gift Shop, examine the collection at Sake Storehouse Art Museum - Gallery Tamamura Honten, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Otozan Onsenji Temple.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Yamanouchi-machi trip planner.

Drive from Nozawaonsen-mura to Yamanouchi-machi in 1.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 4°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kofu.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kofu

— 2 nights
Old historic castles and Shinto shrines dominate the sightseeing in Kofu, a city fringed by mountains on all sides.
Shop till you drop at Celeo Kofu and Kurambon Wine. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mt. Zuiryusan Hounji Temple - No. 30 Amulets Place and Asaya Winery. Venture out of the city with trips to Andrey Surcek (in Okutama-machi), Otome Highland (in Yamanashi) and Koshu (Marufuji Winery & Daibsatsrei). There's lots more to do: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, explore the striking landscape at Kakuembo, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kimpu.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kofu online trip planner.

Getting from Yamanouchi-machi to Kofu by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Kofu when traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in February, with lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kofu

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kawasaki Daishi and Hie Jinjya. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ginza Itoya Hontren and Isetan Shinjuku Store. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Yokohama (Soji-ji Temple & Kishamichi Promenade). And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, explore the world behind art at National Museum of Western Art, don't miss a visit to Hozomon, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

Drive from Kofu to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kofu in February, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 2°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 12°C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

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.