33 days in Japan Itinerary

33 days in Japan Itinerary

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33 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Niseko-cho
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train:  30​min
5
Osaka
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
6
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  4​h 30​min
7
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Bus:  2​h 15​min
8
Takayama
— 4 nights
Train:  6​h
9
Narita
— 1 night
Train + Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Perth

1
night
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.
To find more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip website .

Perth, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Perth to Tokyo. When traveling from Perth in March, plan for much colder days and slightly colder nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 7°C at night. You will leave for Niseko-cho on the 17th (Tue).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

4
nights
Niseko-cho

Niseko-cho ©
Ranking as the most popular ski resort in Hokkaido, mountaintop Niseko-cho boasts great slopes and surprisingly vibrant nightlife.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Glass Studio in Otaru and Old Shimoyoichi Unjoya. Escape the urban bustle at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place and Niseko Village Ski Resort. Change things up with these side-trips from Niseko-cho: White Isle Niseko (in Kutchan-cho), Onsen Resorts (in Shiraoi-cho) and Mimatsu Masao Memorial Hall (in Sobetsu-cho). There's lots more to do: hit the slopes at Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area, trot along with a tour on horseback, head outdoors with Niseko Village Pure, and explore the ancient world of Soga Hokuei Stone Circle.

For photos, other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, use the Niseko-cho trip itinerary builder website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tokyo to Niseko-cho. Traveling from Tokyo in March, things will get little chillier in Niseko-cho: highs are around 6°C and lows about 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Niseko-cho

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kutchan-cho, Mimatsu Masao Memorial Hall, Onsen Resorts, Old Shimoyoichi Unjoya, The Glass Studio in Otaru
Highlights from your plan
Niseko Village Ski Resort ©
Niseko Village Ski Resort
Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort ©
Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort

6
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Do some cultural sightseeing at Yanaka and Odaiba. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ueno and Kagurazaka. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Mitsumine Shrine (in Chichibu), Mt. Takao (in Hachioji) and Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), &more). See even more of Tokyo: contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kanda Myojin, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Niseko-cho to Tokyo with the Route module. Traveling from Niseko-cho in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 17°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Mitsumine Shrine, Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum, Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine, Mt. Takao
Highlights from your plan
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Yanaka ©
Yanaka
Ueno ©
Ueno

6
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ise Shrine Geku and Ninna-ji Temple. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kennin-ji Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Amanohashidate (in Miyazu) and Yamazaki River (in Nagoya). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, make a trip to Nijo Castle, stop by Gion, and explore the activities along Kamogawa River.

To find photos, more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto sightseeing site .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Kyoto are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Amanohashidate, Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), Yamazaki River, Ise Shrine Geku
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Ise Shrine Geku ©
Ise Shrine Geku

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Hase-dera Temple and Dotonbori. Step off the beaten path and head to Arima Onsen and Nigatsu-do Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Himeji Castle (in Himeji) and Kinpusenji Temple (in Yoshino-cho). Next up on the itinerary: get a sense of history and politics at Mint Museum, contemplate the long history of Remains of Kawaguchi Settlement, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka day trip tool .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In April, daytime highs in Osaka are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Arima Onsen, Nigatsu-do Temple, Hase-dera Temple, Himeji Castle, Kinpusenji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Miyajima and Misen Wild Woods. Explore hidden gems such as Mitaki Temple and Daishoin Temple. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima day trip planner.

Getting from Osaka to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In April in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Kanazawa Noh Museum, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, examine the collection at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum, then walk around Kenrokuen Garden, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kanazawa Catholic Church.

To find maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa route planner.

Do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Kanazawa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Hiroshima in April since evenings lows in Kanazawa dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kanazawa Phonograph Museum ©
Kanazawa Phonograph Museum

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wine Tours & Tastings and Kanda house. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Takayama Jinya and The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. Change things up with these side-trips from Takayama: Akasawa Natural Recreational Forest (in Agematsu-machi), Kiso Fukushima Ski Resort (in Kiso-machi) and Hotel Tateyama / Tateyama transmural light Terminal Co., Ltd. (in Tateyama-machi). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, and browse the exhibits of Hida Great Limestone Cave and Ohashi Collection Kan Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Takayama vacation planning app .

You can drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Takayama are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Narita.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Kiso Fukushima Ski Resort, Akasawa Natural Recreational Forest, Hotel Tateyama / Tateyama transmural light Terminal Co., Ltd.
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Kanda house ©
Kanda house
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum

1
night
Narita

Narita ©
Pilgrims and aviators come to Narita, a town known during the Edo period for its temple, and now known primarily for its airport.
On the 15th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dakini Tendo (Shusse Inari), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Three-storied Pagoda, make a trip to Naritasan Omote Sando, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Narita International Airport Terminal 1. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Watpaknam Nihon Betsuin, get engrossed in the history at Ino Tadataka Memorial, explore the world behind art at Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Japanese History, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Makata Shrine.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Narita journey maker app .

Drive from Takayama to Narita in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Narita can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Narita

Historic Sites Museums Spas

Side Trips

Sakura, Ino Tadataka Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Naritasan Omote Sando ©
Naritasan Omote Sando
Ino Tadataka Memorial ©
Ino Tadataka Memorial

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