32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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32 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Canberra
Fly:  22​h
1
Sapporo
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
2
Furano
— 1 night
train:  5​h
3
Noboribetsu
— 1 night
train:  3​h
4
Hakodate
— 2 nights
train:  6​h 15​min
5
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Fukuoka
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
7
Oita
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
8
Fukuoka
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
9
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
10
Okayama
— 1 night
train:  1​h
11
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
12
Fukui
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
13
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
14
Nagano
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
15
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
bus + train:  1​h 45​min
16
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Canberra

3
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Sapporo Beer Museum has been added to your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sapporo: Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho) and Otaru (JR Otaru Station & Otaru Canal). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Odori Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokkaido Shrine Tongu, take some stellar pictures from Mt. Moiwa, and get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Sapporo trip itinerary maker website .

Canberra, Australia to Sapporo is an approximately 22-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Canberra to Sapporo. Traveling from Canberra in December, expect Sapporo to be cooler, temps between 0°C and -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Furano.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Otaru, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

1
night
Furano

Furano ©
Situated in the center of the island, Furano has become known for its idyllic rural landscape, and the drastic changes it experiences as seasons shift.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): look for gifts at Furano Marche and then make a trip to Ningle Terrace.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Furano trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Sapporo to Furano takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Furano when traveling from Sapporo in December, with lows around -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Furano

Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Furano Marche ©
Furano Marche
Ningle Terrace ©
Ningle Terrace

1
night
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lake Toya. On the 30th (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, then enjoy breathtaking views from Hiyoriyama Viewing Platform, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Toya.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Noboribetsu trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Furano to Noboribetsu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Furano in December, expect Noboribetsu to be somewhat warmer, temps between 3°C and -1°C. On the 31st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Hakodate.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Lake Toya
Highlights from your plan
Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Lake Toya ©
Lake Toya
Noboribetsu Bear Park ©
Noboribetsu Bear Park

2
nights
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakodate trip itinerary planning tool .

You can take a train from Noboribetsu to Hakodate in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Nature Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planning website .

You can fly from Hakodate to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In January, Tokyo is a bit warmer than Hakodate - with highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C. You'll set off for Fukuoka on the 5th (Tue).

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks
Highlights from your plan
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

1
night
Fukuoka

Fukuoka
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
You can plan Fukuoka trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Fukuoka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. January in Fukuoka sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 2°C at night. On the 6th (Wed), you're off toOita.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Parks Museums

1
night
Oita

Oita ©
The gateway to a wealth of dynamic landscapes and some of the country's most atmospheric religious and cultural sites, Oita, in touristic terms, acts primarily as a transport hub.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Takasakiyama Nature Zoo, observe the fascinating underwater world at Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tetsudo Shrine, and finally don't miss a visit to JR Oita City.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Oita vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Fukuoka to Oita in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Oita, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. On the 7th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Oita

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trip

Usuki Sekibutsu
Highlights from your plan
Usuki Sekibutsu ©
Usuki Sekibutsu
JR Oita City ©
JR Oita City

1
night
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): let the kids burn off some steam at Ohori Park.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Oita to Fukuoka by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Kofuku-ji Temple, & more) and Himeji Castle (in Himeji). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senko-ji Temple, and stop by Shimada Shoten.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Osaka online trip itinerary planner .

Take a train from Fukuoka to Osaka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. On the 11th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Okayama.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Nara, Himeji Castle
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
night
Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kibitsu Shrine.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Okayama driving holiday planning website .

Take a train from Osaka to Okayama in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Okayama sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Okayama

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Okayama Castle ©
Okayama Castle
Kibitsu Shrine ©
Kibitsu Shrine

3
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, go for a walk through Arashiyama, and take a stroll through Gion.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner .

You can take a train from Okayama to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Kyoto sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Fukui.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

1
night
Fukui

Fukui
Fukui is the capital city of Fukui Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Yokokan Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Ichijodani Asakurashi Ruin.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Fukui online visit planner .

Getting from Kyoto to Fukui by car takes about 3 hours. January in Fukui sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Fukui

Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Yokokan Garden
Yokokan Garden
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Ichijodani Asakurashi Ruin ©
Ichijodani Asakurashi Ruin

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.
Kanazawa is known for historic sites, parks, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa day trip app .

Getting from Fukui to Kanazawa by car takes about 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow time for the train ride to Nagano.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

2
nights
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Matsushiro.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Nagano trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Kanazawa to Nagano by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Kanazawa in January; daily highs in Nagano reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Wed) before leaving for Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Zenko-ji Temple ©
Zenko-ji Temple
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Matsushiro ©
Matsushiro

1
night
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): get great views at Hakone Ropeway.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hakone-machi itinerary maker .

Getting from Nagano to Hakone-machi by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagano in January, Hakone-machi is a bit warmer at night with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow time for travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Hakone Ropeway ©
Hakone Ropeway
Hakone Stone‐paved Road ©
Hakone Stone‐paved Road

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Enjoy Tokyo some more: take a stroll through Odaiba, stroll around Ueno Park, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Central Railway Station.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo tour itinerary maker website .

You can take a train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 11°C to lows of 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Akihabara ©
Akihabara

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