35 days in Japan Itinerary

35 days in Japan Itinerary

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35 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Osaka
1
Osaka
— 8 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Hakuba-mura
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Tokyo
— 12 nights
End: Tokyo

8
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shin Umeda City, Arima Onsen, Kobe Harborland, and other attractions you added. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nara (Nigatsu-do Temple, Nara Park, & more) and Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) (in Chuo). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Osaka trip itinerary maker app .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Kobe, Expocity
Highlights from your plan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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.
You've added L'Escamoteur Bar, Ramen Factory Kyoto, Kifune-jinja Shrine, and other attractions to your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Uji to see Byodoin about 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, make a trip to Heian Shrine, and wander the streets of Gion.

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Kyoto is very close to Osaka. In January in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Wed) before leaving for Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Classes Shopping

Side Trip

Byodoin
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

6
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hakuba Lion Adventure.

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You can drive from Kyoto to Hakuba-mura in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Kyoto in January, things will get slightly colder in Hakuba-mura: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Tue) before leaving for Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Outdoors

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Aokigahara Forest as well as Fugaku Wind Cave. There's much more to do: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, find something for the whole family at Fuji-Q Highland, take in the pleasant sights at Lake Kawaguchi, and see the interesting displays at Narusawa Mt. Fuji Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi day trip tool .

Drive from Hakuba-mura to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakuba-mura in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, with lows around 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Narusawa-mura, Fuji-Q Highland, Mount Fuji
Highlights from your plan
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Fuji-Q Highland ©
Fuji-Q Highland

12
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Street Kart Tokyo Bay, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Hedgehog Cafe HARRY, Harajuku, and other attractions. Change things up with a short trip to Ghibli Museum Mitaka in Mitaka (about 44 minutes away). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, wander the streets of Akihabara, and see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip site .

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in January, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (11°C), and nights are about the same (1°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo Joypolis ©
Tokyo Joypolis
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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