38 days in Japan Itinerary

38 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  14 h
1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  4 h
4
Nakatsugawa
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
5
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Kurobe
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
7
Nikko
— 9 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
8
Matsumoto
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
9
Takayama
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  18 h
End: Melbourne

6
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Shizu-Kokoro Urasenke Chado (The Way of Tea) School, Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko), Yanaka Cemetery Park, and other attractions you added. Your inner history buff will appreciate Asakusa Shrine and Kencho-ji Temple. Family-friendly places like Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) and Senso-ji Temple will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Hokoku-ji Temple Bamboo Grove). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to KidZania Tokyo, contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Kokyo Gaien National Garden.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip maker site.

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Melbourne in October, with lows around 18°C. You will leave for Kyoto on the 15th (Thu).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Kamakura
Highlights from your plan
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

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've added Shinkyogoku Shopping District, Teramachi, Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, and other attractions to your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nanzen-ji Temple and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. Bring the kids along to Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Nara (Toshodai-ji Temple, Nara Park, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shimogamo Jinja, don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and steep yourself in history at Daigo-ji Temple.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary app.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple)
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

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Getting from Kyoto to Hiroshima by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nakatsugawa.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Castle ©
Hiroshima Castle

3
nights
Nakatsugawa

Nakatsugawa ©
Nakatsugawa is a city located in the Tōnō region of Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology as well as Nakasendo Magome-juku. Popular historic sites such as Stone Pavement In Ochiai and Naegi Castle Ruins are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Nakatsugawajuku and Eishoji Temple. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Masugata Waterwheel, see the interesting displays at Magome Wakihonjin Museum, take an in-depth tour of Toson Memorial Museum, and find something for the whole family at Chicory Village.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Nakatsugawa journey planner.

Traveling by car from Hiroshima to Nakatsugawa takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 19°C. You'll set off for Kanazawa on the 25th (Sun).

Things to do in Nakatsugawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology
Highlights from your plan
Nakasendo Magome-juku ©
Nakasendo Magome-juku
Stone Pavement In Ochiai ©
Stone Pavement In Ochiai

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Natadera Temple and Suganuma Gassho Community. Attractions like Maruoka Castle and Nichiyo Shrine make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Nanto (Gyotoku-ji Temple, Gokayama, &more) and Kakusenkei Gorge (in Kaga). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kanazawa Catholic Church, and contemplate the long history of Rokuto no Hiromi.

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Traveling by car from Nakatsugawa to Kanazawa takes 4 hours. Traveling from Nakatsugawa in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 15°C in Kanazawa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Kurobe.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Nanto, Komatsu, Maruoka Castle, Kakusenkei Gorge
Highlights from your plan
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community
Maruoka Castle ©
Maruoka Castle

3
nights
Kurobe

Kurobe ©
You've now added Kurobe Gorge to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): snap pictures at Yamabiko Bridge, take a memorable tour with Kurobe Gorge, and then get engrossed in the history at Kurobegawa River Electricity Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Higashi Mikkaichi Station Ekisha, take an in-depth tour of Unazuki Hometown Museum Yukakukan, thentake in the dramatic natural features at Shinyamabiko Bridge, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Yakushi-ji Temple, and finally test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kurobe holiday builder website.

Getting from Kanazawa to Kurobe by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel to Nikko.

Things to do in Kurobe

Tours Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Shinyamabiko Bridge ©
Shinyamabiko Bridge

9
nights
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park as well as Nikko Tosho-gu. Get outdoors at Kegon Falls and Nasu Highlands. Taiyuimbyo Shrine and Onsenji Temple will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Cryptomeria Avenue, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yakushido, and take in the views from Kinu Tateiwa Otsuribashi (Suspension bridge).

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Nikko day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Kurobe to Nikko takes 5.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Nikko can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. You will leave for Matsumoto on the 9th (Mon).

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Nasu Highlands
Highlights from your plan
Onsenji Temple ©
Onsenji Temple
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu

3
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Larch Forests In Kamikochi area as well as Kamikochi Tourism Center. Get some cultural insight at Kaichi Gakko Primary School and Matsumoto Shrine. Get some historical perspective at Matsumoto Castle and Fukashi Shrine. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Zengoro Fall, head outdoors with Karasawa Carl, examine the collection at Matsumoto City Timepiece Museum, and admire the engineering at Nagawado Dam.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Matsumoto day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Nikko to Matsumoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nikko in November, Matsumoto is a bit cooler at night with lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Hotaka Mountain Range
Highlights from your plan
Zengoro Fall ©
Zengoro Fall
Kaichi Gakko Primary School ©
Kaichi Gakko Primary School
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Wada House, thencontemplate the long history of Kanda house, thendon't miss a visit to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, and finally take in the views from Deai Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, thensee the interesting displays at Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, and finally examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Takayama day trip planner.

Drive from Matsumoto to Takayama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
Highlights from your plan
Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine ©
Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine
Kanda house ©
Kanda house
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

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