33 days in Japan Itinerary

33 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan visit planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Drive
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Takayama
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train
5
Himeji
— 4 nights
Train
6
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Fly
7
Chatan-cho
— 4 nights
Drive to Naha Airport / JASDF Naha Air Base, Fly to Adelaide

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Tokyo

— 6 nights
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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

Adelaide, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Adelaide in February, with highs in Tokyo at 12°C and lows at 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to fly to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Spas (in Kaga), Ishikawa Jumoku Park (in Hakusan) and Komatsu (Aratama Valley & Noguchi Naohiko Sake Institute). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, visit Higashichaya Old Town, and make a trip to Omicho Market.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa holiday planning tool.

Fly from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Tokyo in February, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kanazawa: temperatures range from 7°C by day to 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Takayama

— 5 nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Takayama side-trips: Matsumoto (Suzuki Shin-ichi Talent Education Institute, Matsumoto Castle, &more), Yabuhara Kogen Ski Area (in Kiso-mura) and Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Kiso Fukushima Ski Resort, admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and take an in-depth tour of Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan).

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Takayama tour itinerary builder site.

Drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February in Takayama, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 5 nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Osaka (Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, Imperial Hotel Plaza Osaka, &more) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, take a stroll through Gion, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner.

Drive from Takayama to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Takayama in February, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Himeji

— 4 nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Himeji side-trips: Kurashiki (Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter & Ohara Museum of Art), Kobe (Kobe Harborland, Onsen Resorts, &more) and Kunimi no Mori Park (in Shiso). Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through Himeji Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Himeji trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. February in Himeji sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 4 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Paddle Park, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, head outdoors with Tobishima Kaido, and contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For more things to do and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip builder site.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to fly to Chatan-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Chatan-cho

— 4 nights
Known for its American military bases, Chatan-cho has lacked the tourism appeal of other towns on the island, yet offers a pleasant beach getaway.
Change things up with these side-trips from Chatan-cho: Nanjo (Sefa-Utaki & Cape Chinen Park), Motobu-cho (Okichan Theater, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, &more) and Kouri Ohashi (in Nakijin-son). The adventure continues: get outside with Blue Sky, explore the historical opulence of Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, see the interesting displays at Okinawa Prefecture Karate Museum, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Chatan-cho journey builder tool.

Getting from Hiroshima to Chatan-cho by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Hiroshima in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Chatan-cho: highs are around 24°C and lows about 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chatan-cho

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

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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.