34 days in Japan Itinerary

34 days in Japan Itinerary

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Drive to Brisbane International Airport, Fly to Fukuoka Airport, Drive to Nagasaki
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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kumano
— 1 night
Drive
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gifu
— 2 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train
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Sendai
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly
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Nago
— 10 nights
Drive to Naha Airport, Fly to Adelaide

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Nagasaki

— 2 nights

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. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Inasayama Observation Deck and Nagasaki Seaside Park. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, get engrossed in the history at 26 Martyrs Museum, stroll through Glover Garden, and stroll around Nabekanmuriyama Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki travel planning site.

Gold Coast, Australia to Nagasaki is an approximately 20-hour combination of car and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In December, Nagasaki is colder than Gold Coast - with highs of 13°C and lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Hiroshima

— 1 night

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Itsukushima Shrine has been added to your itinerary. On the 8th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, examine the collection at Mazda Museum, explore the activities along Motoyasu River, then pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, then pause for some photo ops at Peace Flame, and finally examine the collection at Honkawa Peace Museum.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip planner.

Take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train; or drive. December in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Himeji

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): make a trip to Nishi no Maru Nagatsubone, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Engyo-ji Temple Mitsunodo, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

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You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Himeji sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Spas · Baths · Historic Sites · Parks

Osaka

— 2 nights
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Street Kart Osaka, Sunset Owl Cafe, Akiba Kart Osaka, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): get a sense of history and politics at Mint Museum, walk around Expo '70 Commemorative Park, stroll around Minoo Park, then make a trip to The Symphony Hall, then walk around Nakanoshima Park, and finally join in the after-dark buzz at Street Kart Osaka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, pick up some new kitchen skills with Eat Osaka, then get a taste of local nightlife at Akiba Kart Osaka, and finally get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe.

For traveler tips and tourist information, read our Osaka journey maker site.

You can take a train from Himeji to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Osaka are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kumano.

Things to do in Osaka

Tours · Nightlife · Parks · Classes

Side Trips

Kumano

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Shichiri Mihama Beach, don't miss a visit to Maruyama Senmai Rice Field, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hanano Iwaya Caves, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Daiuma Shrine, and finally make a trip to Onigajo.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kumano online trip planner.

Getting from Osaka to Kumano by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Osaka in December, Kumano is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kumano

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Kyoto

— 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kinkaku-ji as well as Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. On the 13th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shimogamo Jinja, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shinnyodo Temple, go for a walk through Nanzenji Suirokaku, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Entoku-in, and finally make a trip to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner.

You can drive from Kumano to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Kumano in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Kyoto, with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can take a train to Gifu.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks

Gifu

— 2 nights
Bordered by verdant mountains, quaint villages, and fruit orchards, the city of Gifu boasts a well-developed historic center and swift connections to Nagoya.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): walk around Gifu Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Kinka Ropeway, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kinka, then explore the historical opulence of Gifu Castle / Inabayama Castle, and finally pause for some photo ops at Statue of Oda Nobunaga.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Gifu online road trip planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Gifu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Kyoto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Gifu, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Gifu

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Tokyo

— 5 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.
You've added Akihabara, Nakano Broadway, Mount Fuji, and other attractions to your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sky Garden and Waho-An NATURE Tokyo. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Minatomirai (Mitsubishi Minatomirai Industrial Museum & Yokohama Landmark Tower) and Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal (in Yokohama). There's much more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, visit Ueno District, walk around Meiji Jingu Gaien, and admire the natural beauty at Rikugien Garden.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner.

Fly from Gifu to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Gifu, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 14°C to lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Sendai.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Sendai

— 2 nights
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jozenji-dori Avenue and Zuihoden. Venture out of the city with trips to Yamabiko Tsuribashi (in Shichikashuku-machi) and Zao-machi (O-torii & Mt. Katta). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Sendaijo Ato, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsutsujigaoka Tenmangu, walk around Kotodai Park, and get a new perspective on nature at Tohoku University of Natural History.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sendai online vacation builder.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Sendai in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in December, you will find days in Sendai are slightly colder (8°C), and nights are about the same (5°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to fly to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Ishigaki

— 2 nights
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.
On the 24th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Tojinbaka, explore the activities along Kabira Bay, don't miss a visit to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River, then Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, then examine the collection at MInsah Kogei Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Torinji Temple. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Ishigaki City Tokusan Hambai Center, stop by Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, then stop by Taketomi Submarine Hot Spring, then don't miss a visit to Taketomi Post Office, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Ishigaki online trip planner.

Fly from Sendai to Ishigaki in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Sendai in December: high temperatures in Ishigaki hover around 26°C and lows are around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to fly to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Miyakojima

— 2 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): get outside with Yonaha Maehama Beach, kick back and relax at Nagamahama Beach Coast, get great views at Uipya Road Park, then kick back and relax at Tomori Imugya Beach, then don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, and finally walk around Hika Road Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Boraga Limestone Cave, snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, take in panoramic vistas at Makiyama Observatory, head off the coast to Ogami Island, then go for a walk through Nishihenna Cape, and finally get outside with Sunayama Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In December in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can fly to Nago.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Nago

— 10 nights
Developed as an upper-middle class tourist town in the northern part of Okinawa Island, Nago offers a wide range of leisure activities from swimming to exploration of ruins and rainforests.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cape Hedo and Okichan Theater. Venture out of the city with trips to Motobu-cho (Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, Oceanic Culture Museum, &more), Nakijin-son (Tokei Beach, Kouri Ocean Tower, &more) and Ogimi-son (Okurareruka Field & Ta Waterfall). And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Hiji Waterfall, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Tanoudake, stroll around Busena Marine Park, and head outdoors with Busena Beach.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Nago attractions website.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Nago in 2.5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Nago when traveling from Miyakojima in December, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nago

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

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.

Okinawa Prefecture travel guide

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Landmarks · Beaches · Aquariums
Okinawa Prefecture is the southernmost prefecture of Japan. It comprises hundreds of the Ryukyu Islands in a chain over long. The Ryukyus extend southwest from Kyushu (the southwesternmost of Japan's four main islands) to Taiwan. The Okinawa Prefecture encompasses the southern two thirds of that chain. Naha, Okinawa's capital, is located in the southern part of Okinawa Island.Although Okinawa comprises just 0.6 percent of Japan's total land mass, about 75 percent of all U.S. military installations stationed in Japan are assigned in Okinawa. Currently about 26,000 of the U.S. troops deployed in Japan are based in the prefecture.

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