31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Osaka
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Shirakawa-mura
— 1 night
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Hakuba-mura
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
— 12 nights

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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 2nd (Wed): stop by Itsukushima Gekijyo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine, and then hike along Asebi Walking Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, contemplate the waterfront views at Pond of Peace, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip planner.

Perth, Australia to Hiroshima is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Perth to Hiroshima due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Perth in December, expect Hiroshima to be cooler, temps between 13°C and 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Himeji (Tenku no Shirasagi, Himeji Castle, &more) and Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Nara Park, &more). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, admire the landmark architecture of Kuchu Teien Observatory, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, and meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka online route builder.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Himeji, Nara, Former Foreign Settlement 15bankan
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, wander the streets of Arashiyama, and take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto travel itinerary planner.

Take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

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Shirakawa-mura

Shirakawa-mura ©
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): go for a walk through Deai Bridge, take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, steep yourself in history at Wada House, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, then steep yourself in history at Nagase house, and finally take some stellar pictures from Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Shirakawa-mura travel planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Shirakawa-mura takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Shirakawa-mura can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Nagase house ©
Nagase house

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hakuba-mura: Yubatake (in Kusatsu-machi), Yamanouchi-machi (Sake Storehouse Art Museum - Gallery Tamamura Honten & Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park) and Nagano (Togakushi Shrine Kuzuryusha, Zenko-ji Temple, &more). There's still lots to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, visit Hakuba Jump Arena, head outdoors with Hakuba Lion Adventure, and take in the awesome beauty at Happoone.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hakuba-mura journey planner.

Drive from Shirakawa-mura to Hakuba-mura in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Shirakawa-mura in December, things will get a bit cooler in Hakuba-mura: highs are around 7°C and lows about 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Nagano, Yamanouchi-machi, Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, Yubatake
Highlights from your plan
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort ©
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Yubatake ©
Yubatake

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and take a stroll through Odaiba District.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo route maker site.

Getting from Hakuba-mura to Tokyo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakuba-mura in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 14°C and lows about 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Urayasu, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Highlights from your plan
Street Kart Tour Akihabara #1 by Go-Kart ©
Street Kart Tour Akihabara #1 by Go-Kart
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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