32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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Sapporo
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Furano
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Noboribetsu
— 1 night
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Hakodate
— 1 night
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Sendai
— 2 nights
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Nikko
— 2 nights
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Niigata
— 2 nights
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Shirakawa-mura
— 2 nights
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Takayama
— 3 nights
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Osaka
— 3 nights
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Okayama
— 2 nights
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Fukuoka
— 2 nights
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Kagoshima
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
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Sapporo

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.
On the 26th (Sat), snap pictures at Asakusa Bridge, make a trip to Otaru Canal, steep yourself in history at Hokkaido Jingu, then walk around Odori Park, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building. On your second day here, take some stellar pictures from Mt. Moiwa, contemplate the long history of Former Ishikiriyama Station, take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, then make a trip to Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38, and finally get great views at Sapporo TV Tower.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Sapporo route maker tool.

Canberra, Australia to Sapporo is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Canberra in December, with highs in Sapporo at 0°C and lows at -2°C. On the 28th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Furano.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

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Furano

Furano ©
Situated in the center of the island, Furano has become known for its idyllic rural landscape, and the drastic changes it experiences as seasons shift.
On the 28th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Nunobe Station and then don't miss a visit to Ningle Terrace.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Furano trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Sapporo to Furano takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sapporo in December since evenings lows in Furano dip to -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Furano

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Furano Ski Resort ©
Furano Ski Resort
Ningle Terrace ©
Ningle Terrace
Nunobe Station ©
Nunobe Station

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Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
On the 30th (Wed), take in the natural beauty of Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, then explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, then meet the residents at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Hiyoriyama Viewing Platform.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Noboribetsu travel planning app.

You can take a train from Furano to Noboribetsu in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, Noboribetsu is a bit warmer than Furano - with highs of 3°C and lows of -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Hakodate.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath ©
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath
Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe ©
Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe

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Hakodate

Hakodate

City of Lights

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.
For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Hakodate tour planner.

Traveling by train from Noboribetsu to Hakodate takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Hakodate sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. On the 31st (Thu), you'll travel to Sendai.

Things to do in Hakodate

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Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): learn more about the world around you at Tohoku University of Natural History, steep yourself in history at Sendaijo Ato, get engrossed in the history at Zuihoden, then don't miss a visit to Sendai Station, and finally don't miss a visit to Jozenji-dori Avenue. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Risshaku-ji Temple, take in the waterfront activity at Matsushima Bay, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Entsu-in Temple.

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You can take a train from Hakodate to Sendai in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Hakodate in December, expect Sendai to be somewhat warmer, temps between 8°C and 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Nikko.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Sendaijo Ato ©
Sendaijo Ato
Jozenji-dori Avenue ©
Jozenji-dori Avenue
Entsu-in Temple ©
Entsu-in Temple

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Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rinno-ji Temple, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chuzenji, and finally go for a walk through Senjogahara Field.

Discover how to plan a Nikko trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Sendai to Nikko takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In January in Nikko, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Niigata.

Things to do in Nikko

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lake Chuzenji ©
Lake Chuzenji
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

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Niigata

Niigata ©
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakusan Shrine, take in the views from Bandai Bridge, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery, then look for gifts at Ponshukan Niigata Station, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Yahiko Shrine. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Marinepia Nihonkai, stop by Pia Bandai, and then take in panoramic vistas at Befco Bakauke Observatory Room.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Niigata road trip planning website.

You can drive from Nikko to Niigata in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Nikko in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 0°C in Niigata. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Niigata

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Marinepia Nihonkai ©
Marinepia Nihonkai
Yahiko Shrine ©
Yahiko Shrine
Ponshukan Niigata Station ©
Ponshukan Niigata Station

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Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): make a trip to Omicho Market, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, then walk around Kenrokuen Garden, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, then admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, then steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip planner.

Drive from Niigata to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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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 8th (Fri): snap pictures at Deai Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, then take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then take a stroll through Gokayama, and finally steep yourself in history at Ainokura Gassho Community.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Shirakawa-mura trip planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Shirakawa-mura by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Shirakawa-mura can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Wada House ©
Wada House

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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, then steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, then wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, and finally admire the striking features of Takayama City Hall.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Takayama visit planner.

Getting from Shirakawa-mura to Takayama by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kyoto (Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, &more). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, and wander the streets of Dotombori District.

To plan Osaka vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Takayama to Osaka in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Takayama in January, expect nights in Osaka to be about the same, around 1°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Okayama.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Change things up with these side-trips from Okayama: Kotohira-gu (in Kotohira-cho), Kurashiki (Ohara Museum of Art & Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter) and Ritsurin Garden (in Takamatsu). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Okayama Korakuen Garden, see the interesting displays at Japanese Rural Toy Museum, admire the masterpieces at Yumeji Art Museum (Yumeji-Kyodo Bijutsukan), and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kuma.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Okayama trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Osaka to Okayama by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. January in Okayama sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Okayama

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Ritsurin Garden
Ritsurin Garden
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art

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Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, go for a walk through Ohori Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Tenman-gu, then admire the natural beauty at Komyozen-ji Temple, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Fukuoka Tower. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Hakata Station, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tochoji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, and finally make a trip to Yatai.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Fukuoka travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Okayama to Fukuoka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Fukuoka can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Hakata Station ©
Hakata Station

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Kagoshima

Kagoshima ©

Naples of the East

Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
On the 21st (Thu), steep yourself in history at Sengan-en, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiyomi Shrine, then contemplate the geological forces at Sakurajima, and finally don't miss a visit to Kagoshima Chuo Station.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kagoshima online travel route builder.

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Kagoshima in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In January, daily temperatures in Kagoshima can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sakurajima ©
Sakurajima
Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en
Kagoshima Chuo Station
Kagoshima Chuo Station

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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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, wander the streets of Akihabara, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Kagoshima to Tokyo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Tokyo are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Highlights from your plan
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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