33 days in Japan Itinerary

33 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Hakuba-mura
— 5 nights
Drive:  5 h
3
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  30 min
4
Osaka
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
6
Nagasaki
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
7
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Brisbane

7
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.
Visit Kencho-ji Temple and Engaku-ji Temple for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at teamLab☆Planets and Hozomon. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Banna-ji Temple (in Ashikaga), Gongendo Sakura Tsutsumi (in Satte) and Gunma Museum of Art, Tatebayashi (in Tatebayashi). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ugafuku Shrine ( Goddess of Money Washing), admire the natural beauty at Sankeien Gardens, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and take a stroll through Ueno District.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planning tool.

Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Brisbane to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in December; daily highs in Tokyo reach 14°C and lows reach 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Yokohama, Kamakura, Katori, Kashima Jingu, Banna-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kanda Myojin ©
Kanda Myojin
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Engaku-ji Temple ©
Engaku-ji Temple

5
nights
Hakuba-mura

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.
Matsumoto City Art Museum and Chihiro Art Museum Azumino will appeal to museum buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort and Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden. Change things up with these side-trips from Hakuba-mura: Nozawaonsen-mura (Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort & Nozawa Onsen), Otari-mura (Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort & Tsugaike Natural Park) and Obuse-machi (Ganshoin Temple & Gensho-ji Temple). The adventure continues: get outside with Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Happoone, stop by Matsumoto Castletown Springs, and hit the slopes at Ichinose Family Ski Resort.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hakuba-mura trip planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Hakuba-mura by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tokyo in December, with highs in Hakuba-mura at 7°C and lows at 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Matsumoto, Yamanouchi-machi, Nozawaonsen-mura, Otari-mura, Obuse-machi
Highlights from your plan
Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden ©
Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Chihiro Art Museum Azumino
Chihiro Art Museum Azumino

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.
Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Ninna-ji Temple for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Tozaki Shrine (in Otsu), Ise (Sarutahiko Shrine, Ise Shrine Geku, &more) and Hikone (Hikone Castle & 玄宮園 - Genkyūen Garden 玄宮園). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, make a trip to Gion, and wander the streets of Arashiyama.

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 7th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Otsu, Ise, Hikone, Omihachiman
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

5
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Koyasan Okunoin and Kongobu-ji Temple. Your inner history buff will appreciate Horyu-ji Temple and Kasuga Grand Shrine. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Nigatsu-do Temple, &more), Uemiya Ruin Park (in Ikaruga-cho) and Koya-cho (Koyasan Daishi Kyokai, Koyasan Danjo Garan, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Omiwa Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, contemplate the long history of Bizenmaru, and examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka tour planning website.

Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. January in Osaka sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Nara, Himeji, Ikaruga-cho, Sakurai
Highlights from your plan
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
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 Peace Flame. Your inner history buff will appreciate Mitaki Temple and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Kure (JMSDF Kure Museum & Yamato Gallery Zero) and Etajima (Former Naval Academy & Etajima Manabino Yakata). 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, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, 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 15th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Spas

Side Trips

Kure, Etajima, Mazda Museum
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple

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.
Appreciate the collections at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture. Visit Sakitsu Catholic Church and Suwa Shrine for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Nagasaki side-trips: Amakusa (Aamakusa Rozariokan & Sakitsu Museum Minatoya). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of 26 Martyrs Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Nakamachi Church, contemplate the long history of Nyokodo, Nagai Takashi Museum, and explore the world behind art at Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki vacation planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Amakusa
Highlights from your plan
Sakitsu Catholic Church ©
Sakitsu Catholic Church
Suwa Shrine ©
Suwa Shrine

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Fukagawa Edo Museum, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, take a stroll through Yanaka District, thencontemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine, thenexplore the world behind art at The National Art Center, Tokyo, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Thu): see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center, thenadmire the masterpieces at Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo day trip planning site.

Fly from Nagasaki to Tokyo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The National Art Center, Tokyo ©
The National Art Center, Tokyo
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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