33 days in Japan Itinerary

33 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
2
Matsumae-cho
— 1 day
3
Sapporo
— 2 nights
4
Matsumoto
— 2 nights
5
Takayama
— 2 nights
6
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
7
Kyoto
— 3 nights
8
Nara
— 2 nights
9
Osaka
— 2 nights
10
Himeji
— 2 nights
11
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
12
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
13
Nagasaki
— 4 nights

4
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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo Disneyland in Maihama--about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Imperial Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo road trip app.

Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Matsumae-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
day
Matsumae-cho

Matsumae-cho ©
Matsumae-cho is a town located in Oshima Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hogenji Temple, visit Matsumae Family Graves, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kouzenji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Matsumae Jinja Shrine, then step into the grandiose world of Matsumae Castle, and finally have fun at Matsumae Park.

To plan Matsumae-cho vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Tokyo to Matsumae-cho takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Tokyo in May, things will get a bit cooler in Matsumae-cho: highs are around 18°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Sapporo.

Things to do in Matsumae-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Kouzenji Temple ©
Kouzenji Temple
Matsumae Park ©
Matsumae Park
Matsumae Castle ©
Matsumae Castle

2
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
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 23rd (Thu), don't miss a visit to Otaru Canal, then take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, then take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, don't miss a visit to Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38, then walk around Odori Park, and finally fly down the slopes at Okurayama Lookout.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sapporo travel route planner.

Getting from Matsumae-cho to Sapporo by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
On the 25th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Matsumoto Castle, then head outdoors with Hanakomichi, and then see the interesting displays at Matsumoto City Museum. On the next day, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Jonen and then walk around Azumino Chihiro Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Matsumoto trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Matsumoto takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sapporo in May; daily highs in Matsumoto reach 26°C and lows reach 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Azumino Chihiro Park
Highlights from your plan
Azumino Chihiro Park ©
Azumino Chihiro Park
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Mt. Jonen ©
Mt. Jonen

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, then take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), admire the masterpieces at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, examine the collection at Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), get engrossed in the history at Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), then stop by Sanmachi Suji, and finally stroll around Shiroyama Park.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Takayama travel route planning app.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Takayama takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
Highlights from your plan
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

2
nights
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 29th (Wed): make a trip to Omicho Market, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, then contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, and finally visit Higashichaya Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, look for gifts at MIKOTO Tea House, then make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kanazawa online holiday maker.

You can drive from Takayama to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

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

3
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, visit Arashiyama, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and take in the pleasant sights at Gion.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto road trip website.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Kyoto are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, then examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and finally appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then contemplate the waterfront views at Saho River, then don't miss a visit to Ishitera Tea Plantation, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jindoji Temple.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Nara online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. June in Nara sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Tours · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Jindoji Temple, Ishitera Tea Plantation
Highlights from your plan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take a stroll through Dotombori District and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. On the next day, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Another option is to take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Osaka when traveling from Nara in June, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and then stroll around Kunimi no Mori Park. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Nishi no Maru Nagatsubone, steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Jodoji Temple.

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

You can take a train from Osaka to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Osaka in June, plan for little chillier days in Himeji, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Mt. Takamikura, Kunimi no Mori Park, Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Jodoji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, then make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine Torii, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima day trip website.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. June in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

2
nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
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 11th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Komenoyama Obsevatory, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazaifu Tenman-gu, then admire the natural beauty at Komyozen-ji Temple, and finally walk around Yasu Kogen Kinen no Mori. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Fukuoka City Archaeology Center, browse the fresh offerings at Osakana Tengoku, then stroll through Ohori Park, and finally browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Fukuoka, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Dazaifu, Komenoyama Obsevatory, Yasu Kogen Kinen no Mori
Highlights from your plan
Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum ©
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum

4
nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagasaki: Huis Ten Bosch (in Sasebo) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Amakusa). There's much more to do: stroll through Glover Garden, head off the coast to Hashima Island, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Church Hongouchi, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Nagasaki trip planner.

Getting from Fukuoka to Nagasaki by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. June in Nagasaki sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nagao Castle Park, Huis Ten Bosch, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

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