27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

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27 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Train:  13 h 30 min
1
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  5 h
3
Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Hakuba-mura
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Yamanouchi-machi
— 3 nights
Taxi + Train:  2 h 30 min
7
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Sydney

5
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nara Park. Tokugawa Art Museum and Todaiji Temple Cultural Center will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Dotonbori (in Osaka), Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana) and Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum (in Kita). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, see the interesting displays at Kyoto International Manga Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya.

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Sydney, Australia to Kyoto is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Kyoto. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Sydney in December, with highs in Kyoto at 13°C and lows at 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara, Tokugawa Art Museum, Mt. Koya, Asahiyaki
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Itsukushima Shrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at Hiroshima Museum of Art and Yamato Museum capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Mashike Itsukushima Shrine (in Mashike-cho), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Miyajima, & more) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and see the interesting displays at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima tour itinerary maker website .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Yamato Museum, Mashikeitsukushima Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

3
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Head to Pola Museum of Art and Gotemba Premium Outletsfor plenty of shopping. The Hakone Open-Air Museum and Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, take an in-depth tour of Hakone Shrine, and examine the collection at Hakone Venetian Glass Museum.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hakone-machi trip maker site.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Hakone-machi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Hiroshima in January: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 5°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Theme Parks Spas

Side Trip

Gotemba Premium Outlets
Highlights from your plan
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Narukawa Art Museum ©
Narukawa Art Museum

3
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.
Visiting Mount Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi will get you outdoors. Museum-lovers will get to explore Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum and Kawaguchiko Muse Museum, Atae Yuki Bldg.. When in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, make a side trip to see Shosenkyo in Kofu, approximately Kofu away. There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Fuji-Q Highland, make a trip to Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba, contemplate the waterfront views at Motosuko Lake, and explore the striking landscape at Fugaku Wind Cave.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Mount Fuji, Kawaguchiko Motor Museum, Fuji-Q Highland, Shosenkyo
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Fuji-Q Highland ©
Fuji-Q Highland

2
nights
Hakuba-mura

Hakuba-mura ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): hit the slopes at Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden, hit the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, wander the streets of Hakuba, then take in the awesome beauty at Happoone, then get engrossed in the history at Shionomichi Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): hit the slopes at Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, fly down the slopes at Hakuba Iwatake Mountain Resort, then take in the views from Hakuba Ohashi Bridge, then explore the world behind art at Chihiro Art Museum Azumino, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishinashinmeigu.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hakuba-mura day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Hakuba-mura takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in January, Hakuba-mura is a bit cooler at night with lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Togakushi Shrine Okusha, Chihiro Art Museum Azumino, Nishinashinmeigu, Shionomichi Museum
Highlights from your plan
Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden ©
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort ©
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort
Chihiro Art Museum Azumino
Chihiro Art Museum Azumino

3
nights
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hokusai-kan and Netsunoyu. Take a break from the city and head to Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and Ryuoo Mountain Park. Change things up with a short trip to Kurino Komichi in Obuse-machi (about 1 hour away). Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Shigakogen Yakebitaiyama Ski Area, hit the slopes at Ichinose Diamond Ski Resort, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Yokote, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Jigokudani Funsen.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Yamanouchi-machi driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Yamanouchi-machi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Yamanouchi-machi when traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in January, with lows around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Obuse-machi, Netsunoyu
Highlights from your plan
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area ©
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area
Shigakogen Plateau ©
Shigakogen Plateau

7
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.
Tokyo National Museum and Ginza are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Shop till you drop at Asakusa and Art Jeunesse Akihabara. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Mt. Takao (in Hachioji), Enoshima Island (in Fujisawa) and Yokohama (Katabira-gawa Shinsui Ryokudo & Yokohama Nature Sanctuary). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Tokyo Disneyland, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo DisneySea.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip site.

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Yamanouchi-machi to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in January, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 11°C and 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trips

Yokohama, Urayasu, Mt. Takao, Enoshima Island, Rock Garden
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Takao ©
Mt. Takao
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland

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