39 days in Japan Itinerary

39 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
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Atami
— 1 night
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Nagoya
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 1 day
Drive
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Osaka
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kobe
— 1 night
Drive
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Himeji
— 1 day
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Kitakyushu
— 1 day
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11
Fukuoka
— 8 nights
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Beppu
— 1 night
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Tokyo
— 11 nights
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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.
To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Tokyo day trip site.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in November, things will get little chillier in Tokyo: highs are around 19°C and lows about 11°C. On the 27th (Sat), you're off to Atami.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Atami

— 1 night
With Atami's relative proximity to the nation's capital, this beach resort town draws its fair share of visitors--though holidays in Atami are not just a matter of convenience.
On the 27th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Kiunkaku, then enjoy the sand and surf at Atami Sun Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinomiya Shrine, and finally make a trip to Atami Station Ekimae Heiwa Shopping Street.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, read our Atami trip planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Atami in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Tokyo in November, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Atami: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Atami

Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Nagoya

— 2 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, enjoy breathtaking views from Nagoya TV Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, examine the collection at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at Nabana no Sato, and finally make a trip to Osu Shopping Street.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Nagoya travel planning site.

You can take a train from Atami to Nagoya in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. November in Nagoya sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 6 nights
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, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, wander the streets of Arashiyama, and take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Nara

— 1 day

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 6th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Nara trip planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Osaka

— 5 nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Koya-cho (Torodo Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, &more) and Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda (in Ikeda). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, see the interesting displays at Jikko Cutlery Sakai, and make a trip to Tempozan Ferris Wheel.

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You can drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In December in Osaka, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kobe

— 1 night
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): make a trip to Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street, get a taste of the local shopping with Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), take in panoramic vistas at Kobe Port Tower, then stop by Kobe Harborland, and finally walk around Meriken Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kobe trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kobe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Himeji.

Things to do in Kobe

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Himeji

— 1 day
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Engyo-ji Temple Mitsunodo, make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, make a trip to Himeji Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and finally don't miss a visit to Otemae Street.

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Traveling by car from Kobe to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December in Himeji, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 13th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and finally make a trip to Okonomimura.

To find out how to plan a trip to Hiroshima, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Himeji to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kitakyushu.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites

Kitakyushu

— 1 day
An important gateway for trade and travel between Honshu and Kyushu, the city of Kitakyushu has an old industrial waterfront and provides access to a number of natural sites across the wider region.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Kokura Station Building, get a new perspective on nature at Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History & Human History, get in on the family fun at Space World, then examine the collection at Kyushu Railway History Museum, and finally visit Mojiko Retro.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kitakyushu trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kitakyushu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Kitakyushu can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Kitakyushu

Museums · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks

Fukuoka

— 8 nights

City of Yatai

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.
Explore Fukuoka's surroundings by going to Dazaifu (Sakamoto Hachiman Shrine, Komyozen-ji Temple, &more), Kumamoto (Kumamon Square, Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, &more) and Onojo - Chikuzenkoku (in Onojo). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ohori Park, admire the striking features of Hakata Station, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, and take an in-depth tour of Hakatamachiya Furusatokan.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka tour planner.

Traveling by car from Kitakyushu to Fukuoka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Fukuoka are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Beppu.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Beppu

— 1 night
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): get to know the resident critters at Takasakiyama Nature Zoo, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, witness a stunning natural landmark at Kamado Jigoku, make a trip to Oniishibozu Jigoku, then take in the natural beauty of Umi Jigoku, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Hells of Beppu.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Beppu visit planner.

You can drive from Fukuoka to Beppu in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Beppu are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Beppu

Nature · Parks · Spas · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Tokyo

— 11 nights
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea) and Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, &more). See some other sides of Tokyo: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planning website.

Fly from Beppu to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.