43 days in Japan Itinerary

43 days in Japan Itinerary

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43 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Sapporo
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Matsumoto
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  45​min
6
Himeji
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
7
Takamatsu
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
8
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
9
Kagoshima
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Naha
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
11
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Sydney

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi) and Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, wander the streets of Odaiba, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip app .

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Tokyo is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get cooler in Tokyo: highs are around 14°C and lows about 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Urayasu, The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Otaru Canal (in Otaru) and Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho). The adventure continues: walk around Odori Park, head outdoors with Okurayama Lookout, contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, and get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura).

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Sapporo tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Sapporo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for much colder days and slightly colder nights in Sapporo: temperatures range from 0°C by day to -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

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

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Matsumoto side-trips: Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort (in Hakuba-mura), Kiso Fukushima Ski Resort (in Kiso-machi) and Yabuhara Kogen Ski Area (in Kiso-mura). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, get outside with Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, fly down the slopes at Nozawa Onsen, and take an in-depth tour of Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan).

Plan my day in Matsumoto using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Matsumoto takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Traveling from Sapporo in December, expect nights in Matsumoto to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Takayama, Nozawaonsen-mura, Mt.Karamatsudake, Mt. Mano, Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort
Highlights from your plan
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ©
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, & more), Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi) and Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha (in Hida). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, make a trip to Omicho Market, and step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa route planning app .

Getting from Matsumoto to Kanazawa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Matsumoto in December: highs in Kanazawa hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

5
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.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana) and Osaka (Osaka Castle & Dotonbori). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, and wander the streets of Gion.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip maker .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

2
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, don't miss a visit to Himeji Castle, then make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally walk around Kunimi no Mori Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jodoji Temple, and finally snap pictures at Akashi Kaikyo Bridge.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Himeji trip planner .

Getting from Kyoto to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; 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 27th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kunimi no Mori Park, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Jodoji Temple, Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Mt. Takamikura
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

4
nights
Takamatsu

Takamatsu ©
A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
Change things up with these side-trips from Takamatsu: Kurashiki (Ohara Museum of Art, Japanese Rural Toy Museum, & more), Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama) and Kotohira-cho (Kotohira-gu & Kotohiragu shrine office). There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Ritsurin Garden, get engrossed in the history at Shikoku Mura Village, take some stellar pictures from Befukyo Canyon, and don't miss a visit to Zuiganji Temple.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Takamatsu travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Takamatsu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kurashiki, Tokushima, Kotohira-cho, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Befukyo Canyon
Highlights from your plan
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art
Ritsurin Garden
Ritsurin Garden
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Takamatsu to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

4
nights
Kagoshima

Kagoshima ©
Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
Get out of town with these interesting Kagoshima side-trips: Chiran Heiwa Park (in Minamikyushu), Kirishima (Kirishima Distillery & Kirishima Shrine) and Onsen Resorts (in Ibusuki). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Sengan-en, admire the natural beauty at Kagoshima Agriculture Center, contemplate the geological forces at Sakurajima, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Dolphin Park.

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

Getting from Hiroshima to Kagoshima by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Kirishima, Onsen Resorts, Chiran Heiwa Park, Dolphin Park, Rokkannon Miike Pond
Highlights from your plan
Sakurajima ©
Sakurajima
Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en
Nagashima Museum ©
Nagashima Museum

4
nights
Naha

Naha ©
Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Explore Naha's surroundings by going to Onna-son (Scuba & Snorkeling & Cape Manzamo), Motobu-cho (Okichan Theater, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, & more) and Nakijin-son (Aiai Farm, Kouri Ohashi, & more). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, make a trip to Makishi Public Market, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Clara Church.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Naha journey builder .

Getting from Kagoshima to Naha by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Traveling from Kagoshima in January, expect nights in Naha to be warmer, around 17°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Naha

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Nakijin-son, Motobu-cho, Onna-son, St. Clara Church
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Ishigaki is known for nature, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, and stroll around Kabira Park.

For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki online vacation planner .

Getting from Naha to Ishigaki by flight takes about 3 hours. In January in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

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