35 days in Japan Itinerary

35 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Brisbane
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
2
Hakuba-mura
— 7 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
6
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
7
Osaka
— 6 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
8
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Brisbane

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Nezu Museum, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, admire the masterpieces at Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, thenwander the streets of Ueno District, and finally steep yourself in history at 上野東照宮 Toshogu Shrine.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip builder app.

Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Brisbane in December, things will get cooler in Tokyo: highs are around 14°C and lows about 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Nezu Museum ©
Nezu Museum
Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum ©
Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum ©
Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum

7
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort and Hakuba. Let the collections at Takeya Goten and Hakuba Olympic Museum capture your imagination. Explore Hakuba-mura's surroundings by going to Kosan-ji Temple (in Ogawa-mura), Otari-mura (Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort, Hakubaoike, &more) and Suginohara (in Myoko). And it doesn't end there: hit the slopes at Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, head outdoors with Hakuba Sanosaka Ski Resort, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Anrakuji Temple, and stroll through Shiga Kogen.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hakuba-mura travel route app.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Hakuba-mura takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Tokyo in December, expect Hakuba-mura to be slightly colder, temps between 7°C and 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Ueda, Otari-mura, Yamanouchi-machi, Nagano, Kosan-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Hakuba ©
Hakuba
Tsugaike Natural Park ©
Tsugaike Natural Park
Anrakuji Temple ©
Anrakuji Temple

6
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Step off the beaten path and head to Kiunkaku and Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate Mori Art Museum and Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to National Museum of Japanese History (in Sakura), Saitama (Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, Saitama & Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine) and Atami (Seiko Sawada Memorial Museum, Izusan Jinja Shrine, &more). See even more of Tokyo: steep yourself in history at Kencho-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Tokyo, and don't miss a visit to Historic Old Town area in Sawara, Katori.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Hakuba-mura to Tokyo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Hakuba-mura in December, with highs in Tokyo at 14°C and lows at 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kamakura, Atami, Katori, Saitama, National Museum of Japanese History
Highlights from your plan
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

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.
Visit Jojakkoji Temple and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tsukiyominomiya and Shimogamo Jinja. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Ise (Oharai-machi, Sarutahiko Shrine, &more). There's more to do: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Konkai Komyoji Temple.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto route planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ise
Highlights from your plan
Jojakkoji Temple ©
Jojakkoji Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Mazda Museum and Peace Flame. Take a break from the city and head to Miyajima and Misen Wild Woods. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Paddle Park, Imaise Shrine, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip itinerary maker app.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Mazda Museum
Highlights from your plan
Miyajima
Miyajima
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple

3
nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
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.
Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Endo Shusaku Literary Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Yutoku Inari Shrine and Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum. When in Nagasaki, make a side trip to see The Kyushu Ceramic Museum in Arita-cho, approximately Arita-cho away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Suwa Shrine, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Shitsu Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Urakami Cathedral, and examine the collection at Nagasaki Shipyard Museum.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Nagasaki can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Yutoku Inari Shrine, The Kyushu Ceramic Museum
Highlights from your plan
Yutoku Inari Shrine ©
Yutoku Inari Shrine
Suwa Shrine ©
Suwa Shrine

6
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 inner history buff will appreciate Horyu-ji Temple and Nigatsu-do Temple. Museum-lovers will appreciate Koyasan Reihokan Museum and Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Himeji (Himeji CityMuseum of Art, Himeji Castle, &more), Nara (Toshodai-ji Temple, Mt. Wakakusa, &more) and Koya-cho (Mt. Koya, Kongobu-ji Temple, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, get to know the fascinating history of Hozenji Yokocho, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Arima Onsen, and see the interesting displays at Kawasaki Good Times World.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka day trip app.

You can fly from Nagasaki to Osaka in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nagasaki in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 1°C in Osaka. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho, Kobe, Himeji, Sakurai
Highlights from your plan
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): explore the engaging exhibits at KidZania Tokyo, thenexamine the collection at Subway Museum, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Shibamata Taishakuten (Taishakuten Daikyoji Temple), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suehiro Shrine. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center, explore the world behind art at Ota Memorial Museum of Art, thenadmire the masterpieces at The National Art Center, Tokyo, thencontemplate the long history of Sengaku-ji Temple, and finally enjoy some diversion at teamLab☆Planets.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip maker website.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. On the 23rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
KidZania Tokyo ©
KidZania Tokyo
teamLab☆Planets ©
teamLab☆Planets
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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