27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

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27 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Miyazaki
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  3​h 30​min
3
Hiroshima
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Sapporo
— 6 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h
5
Higashimurayama
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Nakatsugawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Gujo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Kaizu
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Sydney

1
night
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.
On the 12th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Fire Museum, explore the world behind art at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, then get to know the fascinating history of Hozomon, and finally examine the collection at Subway Museum.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in August: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Miyazaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Fire Museum ©
Fire Museum
Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan ©
Hozomon ©
Hozomon

4
nights
Miyazaki

Miyazaki ©
Enjoying some of the warmest weather on Japan's main islands, Miyazaki thrived as a resort town in the 1980s, with hotels, beaches, and seafood restaurants galore.
Let the collections at Heiwa Kinen Shiryo Tenjishitsu and Kirishima Open-Art Museum capture your imagination. Family-friendly places like Aoshima Beach and Miyzaki Science Center will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Miyazaki side-trips: Takachihonomine (in Miyakonojo), Aoiaso Shrine (in Hitoyoshi) and Hyuga (Omi Shrine & Okuragahama Beach). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Miyazaki Prefectural Museum of Nature and History.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Miyazaki route builder app .

Fly from Tokyo to Miyazaki in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Miyazaki

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Hyuga, Takachihonomine, Aoiaso Shrine, Kirishima Open-Art Museum
Highlights from your plan
Kirishima Open-Art Museum ©
Kirishima Open-Art Museum
Aoiaso Shrine ©
Aoiaso Shrine
Omi Shrine ©
Omi Shrine

5
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Mikasahama Beach and Hiroshima City Ebiyama Museum Of Meteorology. Museum-lovers will get to explore Mazda Museum and Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Tsuwano-cho (Taikodani Inari Shrine & Tsuwano Castle), Former Naval Academy (in Etajima) and Saikokuji Temple (in Onomichi). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, get a taste of the local shopping with Kamiyacho, stop by Monokoto Store, and look for all kinds of wild species at Ini Rice Terraces.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Hiroshima visit planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Miyazaki to Hiroshima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Tsuwano-cho, Former Naval Academy, Mikasahama Beach, Saikokuji Temple, Fukuzen-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Former Naval Academy ©
Former Naval Academy
Mazda Museum ©
Mazda Museum

6
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Appreciate the collections at Sapporo Art Museum and Edwin Dun Memorial Hall. Fushimi Inari Shrine and Tomioka Catholic Church will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sapporo: Furano Wine Factory (in Furano), Mt. Yotei (in Shikotsu-Toya National Park) and Otaru-shi General Museum (in Otaru). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Hokkaido Museum Morino Charenga, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naritasan Sapporo Betsuin Shinei-ji Temple, get outside with Ishiyama Ryokuchi, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Sapporo trip planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Sapporo by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. In August, Sapporo is little chillier than Hiroshima - with highs of 27°C and lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Higashimurayama.

Things to do in Sapporo

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Otaru, Toyako Volcano Science Museum, Mt. Yotei, Furano Wine Factory
Highlights from your plan
Hokkaido Museum Morino Charenga ©
Hokkaido Museum Morino Charenga
Sapporo Art Museum ©
Sapporo Art Museum
Fushimi Inari Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari Shrine

1
night
Higashimurayama

Higashimurayama ©
On the 28th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Shofukuji Temple, then take an in-depth tour of Higashimurayama Furusato Museum, then stroll the grounds of Kodaira Cemetery, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Yasaka Shrine.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Higashimurayama trip maker website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sapporo to Higashimurayama. Traveling from Sapporo in August, expect Higashimurayama to be a bit warmer, temps between 33°C and 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Nakatsugawa.

Things to do in Higashimurayama

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Shofukuji Temple ©
Shofukuji Temple
Higashimurayama Furusato Museum ©
Higashimurayama Furusato Museum
Kodaira Cemetery ©
Kodaira Cemetery

2
nights
Nakatsugawa

Nakatsugawa ©
Nakatsugawa is a city located in the Tōnō region of Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Mammo Kaitaku Peace Memorial Hall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eishoji Temple, then get engrossed in the history at Nakasendo History Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Nakatsugawajuku, and finally take an in-depth tour of Nakatsugawa Naegi Toyama Shiryokan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Museum Nakasendo, get curious at Nakatsugawa Mineral Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Izumo Fukutoku Shrine, then get to know the fascinating history of Stone Pavement In Ochiai, and finally admire the striking features of Ochiai Honjin.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Nakatsugawa trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Higashimurayama to Nakatsugawa in 4 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Nakatsugawa can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Nakatsugawa

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Museum Nakasendo, Mammo Kaitaku Peace Memorial Hall
Highlights from your plan
Nakatsugawajuku ©
Nakatsugawajuku
Izumo Fukutoku Shrine ©
Izumo Fukutoku Shrine
Museum Nakasendo ©
Museum Nakasendo

2
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
On the 31st (Mon), explore the world behind art at Furui Machinami Museum Kiyoshi Yamashita Gengaten, see the interesting displays at Hikaru Museum, then stop by Hida Bussankan, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Osakacho Waterfalls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Soyuji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daiouji Temple, examine the collection at Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), then see the interesting displays at Sakurayama Nikkokan, then see the interesting displays at Mukashibanashi no Sato, and finally pick up some local products at Okuhida Fukuji Onsen Asaichi.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Takayama online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Nakatsugawa to Takayama takes 2.5 hours. August in Takayama sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Gujo.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Osakacho Waterfalls
Highlights from your plan
Osakacho Waterfalls ©
Osakacho Waterfalls
Hikaru Museum ©
Hikaru Museum
Sakurayama Nikkokan ©
Sakurayama Nikkokan

2
nights
Gujo

Gujo ©
Step back into a traditional way of life with a visit to Gujo, a little Japanese city rich in culture.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): get curious at Gifu-Kakamigahara Air and Space Museum, don't miss a visit to Mino History Museum Former Imai Family Residence, and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senshoji Temple, then admire the natural beauty at Moss Phlox of Kunita Family, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakusantyukyo Shrine, and finally admire the sheer force of Amidaga Falls.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Gujo tour app .

Traveling by car from Takayama to Gujo takes 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kaizu.

Things to do in Gujo

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mino History Museum Former Imai Family Residence, Senshoji Temple, Gifu-Kakamigahara Air and Space Museum
Highlights from your plan
Hakusantyukyo Shrine ©
Hakusantyukyo Shrine

2
nights
Kaizu

Kaizu ©
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Preserved Akahasu Field, see the interesting displays at Kisogawa Bunko, look for gifts at Fureai no Eki Uribo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shobo-ji Temple, and finally engage your brain at Fujiwaradake Museum of Nature and Science.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kaizu online road trip planner .

You can drive from Gujo to Kaizu in 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Kaizu can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kaizu

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Inabe, Aisai
Highlights from your plan
Shobo-ji Temple ©
Shobo-ji Temple
Torinji Temple ©
Torinji Temple
Hachiman Shrine ©
Hachiman Shrine

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