28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

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28 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Subway:  30​min
2
Urayasu
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Yamanouchi-machi
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Takayama
— 2 nights
Train:  3​h
5
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  1​h 30​min
7
Hakodate
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
8
Hachimantai
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5​h
9
Osaka
— 1 night
Train:  30​min
10
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  45​min
11
Himeji
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h
12
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Perth


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4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, Street Kart Tour Akihabara #1 by Go-Kart and Robot Restaurant. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, and take a stroll through Odaiba.

To see where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, read Tokyo road trip tool .

Perth, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Perth in December, with highs in Tokyo at 14°C and lows at 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Tours Outdoors
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

2
nights
Urayasu

Urayasu ©
A city lying on Tokyo Bay, Urayasu used to stand separate from the giant metropolis next door, but now, even though it belongs to another prefecture, it seems part of the capital.
Tokyo Disneyland has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): buy something for everyone on your list at Ikspiari, discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland, then stop by Bon Voyage, and finally get your game on at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Urayasu Local Museum, walk around Urayasu Traffic Park, walk around Urayasu Comprehensive Park, visit Urayasu Sports Park Indoor And Swimming Pool, then walk around Urayasu Sports Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seiryu Shrine.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Urayasu route planning tool .

Urayasu is very close to Tokyo. Traveling from Tokyo in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 8°C in Urayasu. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Urayasu

Theme Parks Parks Shopping
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Bon Voyage ©
Bon Voyage
Urayasu Local Museum ©
Urayasu Local Museum

3
nights
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
You've now added Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park to your itinerary. Step out of Yamanouchi-machi to go to Tsumagoi-mura and see Manza Onsen Observation Deck, which is approximately 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Shigakogen Yakebitaiyama Ski Area, fly down the slopes at Ryuoo Ski Park, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shibuyu Shrine.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Yamanouchi-machi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Urayasu to Yamanouchi-machi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Urayasu in December, expect Yamanouchi-machi to be little chillier, temps between 7°C and 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Manza Onsen Observation Deck
Highlights from your plan
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Shiga Kogen ©
Shiga Kogen
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area ©
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, then examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, and then get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course. Keep things going the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Tenshukakau Observatory, take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, and finally take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Takayama route maker website.

Traveling by car from Yamanouchi-machi to Takayama takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You've now added Furansu Cocktail Bar to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, admire the striking features of Tsuzumi Gate, take a stroll through Nagamachi Neighborhood, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, then don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Ochaya Art Museum, steep yourself in history at Higashichaya Old Town, then don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro, then walk around Kenrokuen Garden, and finally steep yourself in history at Oyama Shrine.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa trip planner.

You can drive from Takayama to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Nightlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Ninja Temple ©
Ninja Temple
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place. Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): stroll around Odori Park, hit the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Moiwa Peak Observatory. On your second day here, get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, don't miss a visit to Watanabe Junichi Museum of Literature, trek along Maruyama Hachijuhakksho Hiking Course, then head outdoors with Okurayama Lookout, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Otaru Canal, and finally take in the views from Asakusa Bridge.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Sapporo using our trip planner.

Fly from Kanazawa to Sapporo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kanazawa in December: high temperatures in Sapporo hover around 0°C and lows are around -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Otaru, Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place
Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

1
night
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, look for gifts at Goryokaku Tower Shop, then enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower, then admire the landmark architecture of Goryokaku Park, and finally steep yourself in history at Goryokaku Dozo.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hakodate road trip website.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Sapporo to Hakodate in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Hachimantai.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park

1
night
Hachimantai

Hachimantai ©
You've now added Appi Kogen Ski Resort to your itinerary. On the 5th (Tue), fly down the slopes at Hachimantai Resort Panorama Ski Resort, take a memorable drive along Hachimantai Asupite line, make a trip to Hachimandaira Promenade Peak, then snap pictures at Mori no Ohashi Bridge, then hit the slopes at Appi Kogen Ski Resort, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Hachimantai road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Hakodate to Hachimantai takes 6 hours. In January, daytime highs in Hachimantai are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hachimantai

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Appi Kogen Ski Resort ©
Appi Kogen Ski Resort
Hachimantai Asupite line ©
Hachimantai Asupite line

1
night
Osaka

Osaka ©
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.
You've now added Kimono Teahouse to your itinerary. On the 4th (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, then pick up some new knowledge with Kimono Teahouse, and finally take a stroll through Dotonbori. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka driving holiday website .

Explore your travel options from Hachimantai to Osaka with the Route module. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Hachimantai in January; daily highs in Osaka reach 10°C and lows reach 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Classes
Highlights from your plan
Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

4
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.
Step out of Kyoto to go to Nara and see Todai-ji Temple, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market Shopping District, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto visit planner.

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. 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 9th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

2
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagoyama Reien Busharito, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, then make a trip to Himeji Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and finally make a trip to Otemae Street. Keep things going the next day: walk around Kunimi no Mori Park, then contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura, and finally snap pictures at Akashi Kaikyo Bridge.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Himeji travel route planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kunimi no Mori Park, Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Mt. Takamikura, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine, don't miss a visit to Miyajima, and then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip maker.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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