34 days in Japan Itinerary

34 days in Japan Itinerary

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34 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Naha
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  4​h
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
4
Himeji
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
5
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Sydney

3
nights
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, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Nosoko, head outdoors with Yarabudake, and stroll around Kabira Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki travel route tool .

Sydney, Australia to Ishigaki is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Ishigaki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in January, things will get a bit cooler in Ishigaki: highs are around 24°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

4
nights
Naha

Naha ©
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.
Explore Naha's surroundings by going to Sefa-Utaki (in Nanjo), Motobu-cho (Tropical Dream Center, Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, & more) and Nakijin-son (Aiai Farm, Kouri Ohashi, & more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, make a trip to Cape Manzamo, examine the collection at Haebaru Town Museum, and tour or see a game at Okinawa Karate Kaikan.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Naha trip planner .

Getting from Ishigaki to Naha by flight takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in January, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Naha

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Nakijin-son, Onna-son, Okinawa Karate Kaikan, St. Clara Church
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Kokusaidori ©
Kokusaidori

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima & Itsukushima Shrine) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, get outside with Paddle Park, and appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip itinerary tool .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Naha to Hiroshima in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Naha in February, expect nights in Hiroshima to be colder, around 3°C, while days are slightly colder, around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kurashiki (Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, Ohara Museum of Art, & more), Shikoku Mura Village (in Takamatsu) and Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama). There's lots more to do: go for a walk through Himeji Castle, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Himeji trip itinerary website .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kurashiki, Shikoku Mura Village, Tottori Sand Dunes, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Mt. Takamikura
Highlights from your plan
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana) and Osaka Castle (in Osaka). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, go for a walk through Arashiyama, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

Plan my day in Kyoto using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in February, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Osaka
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, & more), Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha (in Hida) and Takayama Jinya (in Takayama). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, fly down the slopes at Ski Jam Katsuyama, and contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa online tour itinerary builder .

Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in February, expect nights in Kanazawa to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Ski Jam Katsuyama, Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha, Takayama Jinya
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

4
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Explore Fujikawaguchiko-machi's surroundings by going to Matsumoto Castle (in Matsumoto), Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck (in Yamanakako-mura) and Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine (in Fujinomiya). And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi, examine the collection at Ikeda museum of 20th century art, and explore the world behind art at Narukawa Art Museum.

Plan a Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In February, daily temperatures in Fujikawaguchiko-machi can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Matsumoto Castle, Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, Mount Fuji, Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

5
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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, admire the striking features of Tokyo Skytree, and ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace.

Plan my trip to Tokyo with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in February, plan for a bit warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 12°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Urayasu
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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