31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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Sapporo
— 3 nights
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Niigata
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
— 9 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 5 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Kumamoto
— 5 nights
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Sapporo

CIty of Ramen

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Hokkaido University Museum and Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura). Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari Shrine and Sapporo Clock Tower. Venture out of the city with trips to Tomakomai (Furusato Beach & Lake Utonai Wildlife Conservation Center) and Ransima Beach (in Otaru). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Sapporo Art Museum, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Sapporo trip itinerary builder.

Sydney, Australia to Sapporo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Sapporo due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Sydney, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Sapporo, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Niigata.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Sapporo Art Museum ©
Art Museum
Sapporo Art Museum
4.1
Fushimi Inari Shrine ©
Religious Site
Fushimi Inari Shrine
4.2

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nights
Niigata

The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
Get in touch with nature at Nishikaigan Park and Ikutopia Shoku Hana. Shirone Kite Museum and Niigata Niitsu Railway Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Shibata (Ichishimatei & Akatani Cycling Road) and Yahiko Shrine (in Yahiko-mura). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Sekiyahama Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Niigata Church, get engrossed in the history at Niigata Prefectural Government Memorial Hall, and look for gifts at Ponshukan Niigata Station.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Niigata journey planner.

Getting from Sapporo to Niigata by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Sapporo in August, you will find days in Niigata are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Niigata

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Yahiko Shrine ©
Religious Site
Yahiko Shrine
4.4
Ponshukan Niigata Station ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Ponshukan Niigata Station
4.2
Niigata Niitsu Railway Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Niigata Niitsu Railway Museum
4.1

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nights
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.
Visit Asakusa Shrine and Nezu Shrine for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tokyo National Museum and Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Chigogafuchi Marine Plateau (in Enoshima), Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, &more) and Mitsumine Shrine (in Chichibu). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, take a stroll through Ueno District, and explore the world behind art at Pola Museum of Art.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Niigata to Tokyo by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Asakusa Shrine ©
Must see
Asakusa Shrine
4.3
Nezu Shrine ©
Historic Site
Nezu Shrine
4.4
Kencho-ji Temple
Historic Site
Kencho-ji Temple
4.5

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tenryuji Temple and Tofuku-ji Temple. Popular historic sites such as Kennin-ji Temple and Toshodai-ji Temple are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Horyu-ji Temple (in Ikaruga-cho) and Kyoto (Kodai-ji Temple, Nijo Castle, &more). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Dotombori District, contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Higirijizo-in, and examine the collection at Jotokan Memorial Museum.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Osaka trip tool.

Take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August in Osaka, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Tenryuji Temple ©
Must see
Tenryuji Temple
4.3
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Religious Site
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
4.7
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Historic Site
Tofuku-ji Temple
4.4

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Hiroshima

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Daishoin Temple and Mitaki Temple will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at JMSDF Kure Museum and Senjokaku. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Shakushi no Ie, Miyajima, &more). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Hiroshima vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
Must see
JMSDF Kure Museum
4.5
Daishoin Temple ©
Must see
Daishoin Temple
4.6
Mitaki Temple ©
Religious Site
Mitaki Temple
4.8

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Kumamoto

Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kengun Shrine and Kumamoto Castle. You'll explore and learn at Sakuranobaba Johsaien and Gamadasu Dome (Mt. Unzen Disaster Memorial Hall). Explore Kumamoto's surroundings by going to Ashikita Seaside Comprehensive Park (in Ashikita-machi), Okoshiki Beach (in Uto) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Amakusa). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Tetori Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumamotojoinari Shrine, don't miss a visit to Kamitori Shopping Street, and get to know the fascinating history of Aso Mizuki Meguri.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kumamoto trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kumamoto in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In August in Kumamoto, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. On the 30th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Sakuranobaba Johsaien ©
History Museum
Sakuranobaba Johsaien
3.6

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