32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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32 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  13​h
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  45​min
4
Himeji
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h
5
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
7
Naha
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Brisbane

5
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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tokyo visit planner .

Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Brisbane to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brisbane in January, expect Tokyo to be colder, temps between 11°C and 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

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

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Takayama Jinya (in Takayama), Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha (in Hida) and Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses & Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip builder site .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in January, expect nights in Kanazawa to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are slightly colder, around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Winter Sports

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Sairin-ji Temple, Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha, Ski Jam Katsuyama, Takayama Jinya
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana) and Osaka (Osaka Castle & Dotonbori). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Kyutei Omuro, and don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Kyoto are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Himeji: Shikoku Mura Village (in Takamatsu), Okayama (Tatsunokuchi Green Shower Forest & Okayama Korakuen Garden) and Kurashiki (Ohara Museum of Art & Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Himeji Castle, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura, contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Himeji tour itinerary app .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January in Himeji, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Okayama, Kurashiki, Shikoku Mura Village, Wakasu Kogen Oya Ski Area, Mt. Takamikura
Highlights from your plan
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima & Itsukushima Shrine), Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Mizuho Highland (in Ohnan-cho). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, get outside with Paddle Park, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima online itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in February, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Ishigaki is known for nature, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, walk around Banna Park, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Nosoko.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Ishigaki takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In February, Ishigaki is much hotter than Hiroshima - with highs of 25°C and lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Naha.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

5
nights
Naha

Naha ©
Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naha: Nakijin-son (Aiai Farm, Kouri Ohashi, & more), Sefa-Utaki (in Nanjo) and Motobu-cho (Tropical Dream Center, Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, & more). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Shurijo Castle, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, don't miss a visit to Kokusaidori, and take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Manzamo.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Naha sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Naha takes 3 hours. February in Naha sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Naha

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Nakijin-son, Onna-son, Okinawa Karate Kaikan, Heiwa no Ishiji
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Kokusaidori ©
Kokusaidori

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