35 days in Japan Itinerary

35 days in Japan Itinerary

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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Takayama
— 3 nights
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Matsumoto
— 7 nights
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Hachijo-machi
— 2 nights
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Kozushima-mura
— 1 night
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Niijima-mura
— 1 night
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Oshima-machi
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
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Miyazaki
— 2 nights
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Takachiho-cho
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Osaka
— 3 nights

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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 Hosenin and Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple for their historical value. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Kyoto Kimono Rental Sakura and Genkoan. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Uji (Mimurotoji Temple & Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan), Saimyo-ji Temple (in Kora-cho) and Kongorin-ji Temple (in Aisho-cho). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kotoin and admire the natural beauty at Shosei-en Garden.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kyoto itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Kyoto is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Kyoto. Traveling from Sydney in August, expect Kyoto to be warmer, temps between 39°C and 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

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Religious Site
Unryuin
4.8
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Religious Site
Kongorin-ji Temple
4.6

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Hikaru Museum and Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan). Take a break from the city and head to Osakacho Waterfalls and Amidaga Falls. The adventure continues: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Funasaka Shuzo Brewery, admire the masterpieces at Furui Machinami Museum Kiyoshi Yamashita Gengaten, and see the interesting displays at Mukashibanashi no Sato.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Takayama planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Takayama takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Takayama: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums · Parks · Nature · Spas

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Must see
Hikaru Museum
4.2
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Thermal Spa
Thermal Spas
4.2

7
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Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kaminaridaki Falls and Togakushi Jinja Hokosha. Museum-lovers will appreciate Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum and Old High School Memorial Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Ganshoin Temple (in Obuse-machi), Nagano (Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple & Sanada House) and Zensanji Temple (in Ueda). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nunobiki Kannon, admire the sheer force of Bandokoro Otaki Falls, don't miss a visit to Fukashi Shrine, and steep yourself in history at Former Catholic Church Priest House.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Matsumoto trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Takayama to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Hachijo-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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Hachijo-machi

Hachijo-machi ©
Appreciate the collections at Hachijo Island Museum of History and Folklore and Hachijo Island Geothermal Energy Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Occhogahama and Karataki Fall.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hachijo-machi trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Matsumoto to Hachijo-machi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Kozushima-mura.

Things to do in Hachijo-machi

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums
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Kozushima-mura

Kozushima-mura ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): kick back and relax at Nagahama Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Awanomikoto Shrine, and then stop by Yochare Center - Processing of marine products store.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kozushima-mura road trip app.

Explore your travel options from Hachijo-machi to Kozushima-mura with the Route module. August in Kozushima-mura sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Niijima-mura.

Things to do in Kozushima-mura

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping
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Religious Site
Awanomikoto Shrine
4.3

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Niijima-mura

Niijima-mura ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): kick back and relax at Tomari Beach and then examine the collection at Niijima-Mura Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Niijima-mura trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kozushima-mura to Niijima-mura. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Oshima-machi.

Things to do in Niijima-mura

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums
Highlights from your trip
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Specialty Museum
Niijima-Mura Museum
3.8

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Oshima-machi

Oshima-machi ©
On the 30th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Izu Oshima Volcano Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hajikama shrine, then see the interesting displays at Tokyo Metropolitan Oshima Park Tsubaki Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Toshiki Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Oshima-machi vacation tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Niijima-mura to Oshima-machi. August in Oshima-machi sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Oshima-machi

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums
Highlights from your trip
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Specialty Museum
Izu Oshima Volcano Museum
2.9
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Religious Site
Hajikama shrine
4.4

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Madame Tussauds Tokyo and Subway Museum. Kids will enjoy Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan and National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Hozomon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ikegami Hommon-ji Temple, explore the world behind art at Sompo Museum of Art, and examine the collection at Fire Museum.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from Oshima-machi to Tokyo with the Route module. In August, daytime highs in Tokyo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time for travel to Miyazaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

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Historic Site
Hozomon
4.5
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Specialty Museum
Fire Museum
4.3

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Miyazaki

Miyazaki ©
Enjoying some of the warmest weather on Japan's main islands, Miyazaki thrived as a resort town in the 1980s, with hotels, beaches, and seafood restaurants galore.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Miyazaki Prefectural Museum of Nature and History, then steep yourself in history at Saitobaru Tomb, and then kick back and relax at Aoshima Beach. On the next day, take a stroll around Oyodo River Study Center, stop by En Haut, then get curious at Miyzaki Science Center, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Miyazaki trip planning website.

Fly from Tokyo to Miyazaki in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. September in Miyazaki sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Miyazaki

Museums · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
On the 5th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Tochimata Tanada Rice Terrace, don't miss a visit to Tunnel Station, then get to know the fascinating history of Aso Mizuki Meguri, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kuninomiyatsuko Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaguraden, then steep yourself in history at Kushifuru Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aratate Shrine, and finally admire the sheer force of Tamatare Falls.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Takachiho-cho trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Miyazaki to Takachiho-cho by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In September in Takachiho-cho, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Must see
Kaguraden
4.3
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Religious Site
Aratate Shrine
4.1
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Historic Site
Kushifuru Shrine
3.9

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Mikasahama Beach, steep yourself in history at Former Naval Academy, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saikokuji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Museum of Japanese Emigration to Hawaii, then look and learn at Hiroshima Children's Museum, then see the interesting displays at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum, and finally shop like a local with Monokoto Store.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima vacation planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Takachiho-cho to Hiroshima in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. On the 10th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

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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.
Popular historic sites such as Yoshikien and Nishinomiya Shrine are in your itinerary. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like National Museum of Ethnology and Harukas 300 Observation Deck. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Amore Beach (in Akashi) and Asuka-dera Temple (in Asuka-mura). And it doesn't end there: stop by Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka, take in nature's colorful creations at Sakuya Konohanakan, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asazawasha Shrine.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Osaka tour planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Shopping

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Garden
Yoshikien
4.5
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Religious Site
Asuka-dera Temple
4.4
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Specialty Museum
National Museum of Ethnology
4.5

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