32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
Drive
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Hakuba-mura
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Nagasaki
— 4 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 1 night
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as teamLab☆Planets and Hozomon. Kencho-ji Temple and University of Tokyo are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine & Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum), Fujiyoshida (Chureito Pagoda & Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja) and Kamakura (Kamakura Hiking Trails, Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), &more). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Mori Art Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gotokuji Temple, walk around Meiji Jingu Gaien, and contemplate the long history of Kitanomaru Park.

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Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Brisbane to Tokyo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in December; daily highs in Tokyo reach 14°C and lows reach 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Hakuba and Saiho-ji Temple. Zenko-ji Temple and Togakushi Jinja Hokosha will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakuba-mura: Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort (in Nozawaonsen-mura), Nagano (Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum Higashiyama Kaii Gallery & Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple) and Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort (in Otari-mura). There's much more to do: hit the slopes at Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden, get great views at Hakuba Mountain Harbor, head outdoors with Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hakuba-mura trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Hakuba-mura takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, Hakuba-mura is little chillier than Tokyo - with highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trips

5
nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanzen-in Temple. Step out of the city life by going to Mt. Kurama and Mount Hiei. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Uji to see Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, contemplate the long history of Yasakanoto, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Hakuba-mura to Kyoto in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Hakuba-mura in January; daily highs in Kyoto reach 10°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Visiting Mt. Wakakusa and Chausuyama will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Horyu-ji Temple and Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda (in Ikeda), Omiwa Shrine (in Sakurai) and Kashihara Jingu (in Kashihara). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, get a taste of the local shopping with Hankyu Umeda Honten, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip planner.

Drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Nature

Side Trips

3
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mazda Museum and Senjokaku. Your inner history buff will appreciate Peace Flame and Former Naval Academy. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Daishoin Temple (in Hatsukaichi) and JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hiroshimagokoku Shrine, and get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima vacation planning website.

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In January, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

4
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Nagasaki

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Visit Yutoku Inari Shrine and Glover Garden for their historical value. Visiting Gamadasu Dome (Mt. Unzen Disaster Memorial Hall) and Mt. Unzendake will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Nagasaki: Thermal Spas (in Unzen), Zuikoji Temple (in Ureshino) and Saga (Saga Castle Hommaru History Museum & Former Fukuda Residence). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture, admire the masterpieces at Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Urakami Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nagasaki journey app.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Nagasaki are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Tokyo

On the 19th (Wed), explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hie Jinjya, contemplate the long history of Toshogu Shrine, then admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Western Art, and finally admire the masterpieces at Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Nagasaki to Tokyo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.

Kyoto Prefecture travel guide

4.2
Historic Sites · Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks
Kyoto Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan in the Kansai region of the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Kyoto.HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Kyoto Prefecture was known as Yamashiro.For most of its history, the city of Kyoto was Japan's Imperial capital. The city's history can be traced back as far as the 6th century. In 544, the Aoi Matsuri was held in Kyoto to pray for good harvest and good weather.Kyoto did not start out as Japan's capital. A noteworthy earlier capital was Nara. In 741, Emperor Shōmu moved the capital briefly to Kuni-kyo, between the cities of Nara and Kyoto, in present-day Kyoto Prefecture. In 784, the capital was moved to Nagaokakyō, also in present-day Kyoto Prefecture. In 794, Emperor Kanmu moved the capital to Heian-kyo, and this was the beginning of the current-day city of Kyoto. Even today, almost all of the streets, houses, stores, temples and shrines in Kyoto exist where they were placed in this year.Although in 1192 real political power shifted to Kamakura, where a samurai clan established the shogunate, Kyoto remained the imperial capital as the powerless emperors and their court continued to be seated in the city. Imperial rule was briefly restored in 1333, but another samurai clan established a new shogunate in Kyoto three years later.

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Hiroshima Prefecture travel guide

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Historic Sites · History Museums · Islands
Hiroshima Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūgoku region on Honshu island. The capital is the city of Hiroshima. It has a population of around 2.8 million.HistoryThe area around Hiroshima was formerly divided into Bingo Province and Aki Province. This location has been a center of trade and culture since the beginning of Japan's recorded history. Hiroshima is a traditional center of the Chūgoku region and was the seat of the Mōri clan until the Battle of Sekigahara.Hiroshima is home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites: The Atomic Dome in Hiroshima, one of the few remnants of prewar Hiroshima following the atomic bombing in 1945;The Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima, famed for filling with water and appearing to "float" during high tide.GeographyHiroshima prefecture lies in the middle of Chūgoku. Most of the prefecture consists of mountains leading towards Shimane Prefecture; and rivers produce rich plains near the coast.The province faces Shikoku across the Seto Inland Sea. Hiroshima Bay opens on the Inland Sea. The prefecture also includes many small islands.

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