33 days in Japan Itinerary

33 days in Japan Itinerary

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Sapporo
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 1 night
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Matsumoto
— 3 nights
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Osaka
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Nagasaki
— 1 night
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Naha
— 3 nights
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Otaru (Tomioka Catholic Church & Otaru Canal) and Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho). The adventure continues: walk around Odori Park, make a trip to Sapporo Clock Tower, enjoy breathtaking views from Sapporo Dome, and get great views at Mt. Moiwa.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Sapporo trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Sapporo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Sydney in September since evenings lows in Sapporo dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery ©
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery

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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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, stop by Ginza, and get a tailor-made plan with Japan Wonder Travel.

To see where to stay and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary planning site.

Fly from Sapporo to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sapporo in September, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Japan Wonder Travel ©
Japan Wonder Travel
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then explore the world behind art at Narukawa Art Museum, then explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally take in panoramic vistas at Tenkakudai.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Hakone-machi trip app.

You can drive from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in September, you will find days in Hakone-machi are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Parks · Nature
Highlights from your plan
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Narukawa Art Museum ©
Narukawa Art Museum

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Matsumoto: Tateyama-machi (Mt. Tateyama & Mikurigaike Pond), Azumino (Mt. Nagamine & Hachimen Daio Ashiyu) and Nagano (Zenko-ji Temple & Snow Monkey Resorts). It doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle and take in the awesome beauty at Yarigatake.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Matsumoto vacation planning site.

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Yarigatake ©
Yarigatake
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Mt. Tateyama ©
Mt. Tateyama

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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.
On the 2nd (Fri), explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, then walk around Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station, make a trip to Omicho Market, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, then see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, and finally cruise along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Kanazawa trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

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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: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto tour planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

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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 Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (in Kobe) and Himeji (Koko-en & Himeji Castle). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, see the top attractions with Photoguider-Japan, stop by Dotombori District, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary builder app.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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Hiroshima

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima holiday planner.

Getting from Osaka to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Side Trip

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

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Nagasaki

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.
On the 13th (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, make a trip to Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, then take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Nagasaki trip planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Nagasaki by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

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Naha

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Onna-son (Cape Maeda & Scuba & Snorkeling), Motobu-cho (Okichan Theater, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, &more) and Kouri Ohashi (in Nakijin-son). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, make a trip to Kokusaidori, stop by Fukurasha, and expand your horizons at Taste of Okinawa Cooking Experience.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Naha day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Nagasaki to Naha takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In October, Naha is a bit warmer than Nagasaki - with highs of 33°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Naha

Tours · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Classes

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle

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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, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see what's hidden on the seafloor at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stroll around Banna Park, and visit Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Naha to Ishigaki by flight takes about 3.5 hours. In October in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour ©
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

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