58 days in Japan & Wellington Itinerary

58 days in Japan & Wellington Itinerary

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Wellington, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 1 night
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Kyoto, Japan
— 6 nights
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Kochi, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly to Nagoya Airfield, Train to Kanazawa
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Kanazawa, Japan
— 5 nights
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Drive to Komatsu Airport / JASDF Komatsu Air Base, Fly to Sendai Airport, Drive to Obanazawa
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Obanazawa, Japan
— 1 night
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Hirosaki, Japan
— 5 nights
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Drive to Hakodate Airport, Fly to Chubu Centrair International Airport, Drive to Iga
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Iga, Japan
— 1 night
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Drive to Chubu Centrair International Airport, Fly to Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Drive to Ashikaga
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Ashikaga, Japan
— 1 night
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Drive to Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Fly to Osaka International Airport, Drive to Nara
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Nara, Japan
— 4 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 5 nights
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Kobe, Japan
— 3 nights
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Sapporo, Japan
— 5 nights
Fly to Osaka International Airport, Drive to Kusatsu
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Kusatsu, Japan
— 1 night
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Wellington, New Zealand

— 4 nights

Harbour Capital

Wellington, the world's southernmost capital city and New Zealand's second most populous urban area, combines the nation's rugged history and nature with its modern and cosmopolitan present.
Explore Wellington's surroundings by going to Staglands Wildlife Reserve (in Upper Hutt) and Southward Car Museum (in Paraparaumu). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, tour the pleasant surroundings at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, explore the galleries of National War Memorial, and get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Wellington trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Wellington is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Wellington. When traveling from Sydney in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Wellington: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Tokyo, Japan

— 5 nights
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.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Wellington to Tokyo in 16.5 hours. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Wellington in August, expect Tokyo to be much warmer, temps between 36°C and 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Childrens Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo, Japan

— 1 night
To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo sightseeing planning tool.

Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow time for the flight to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Childrens Museums

Kyoto, Japan

— 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, wander the streets of Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kyoto vacation maker website.

You can fly from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. On the 30th (Mon), you'll travel to Kochi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Kochi, Japan

— 3 nights
The port city of Kochi has a rich and varied history that has left its mark on the look and feel of the urban area.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kochi: Shikoku Karst (in Kumakogen-cho), Shikoku Karst Onogahara (in Seiyo) and Nagoya Chinka Bridge (in Hidaka-mura). There's lots more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, steep yourself in history at Kochi Castle, admire the verdant scenery at Shiozuka Highland, and admire the natural beauty at The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kochi trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Kochi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kyoto in August: highs in Kochi hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

Kanazawa, Japan

— 5 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more) and Tateyama-machi (Mikurigaike Pond & Mt. Tateyama). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, examine the collection at Dolls Museum, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip site.

Getting from Kochi to Kanazawa by combination of flight and train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Traveling from Kochi in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Kanazawa, with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Obanazawa.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Obanazawa, Japan

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Ginzan Yuhodo, stroll through Ginzan Onsen, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yosen Temple.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Obanazawa trip builder website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kanazawa to Obanazawa. September in Obanazawa sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Obanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Hirosaki, Japan

— 5 nights
A center of political power during the feudal era, Hirosaki today stands as a hub of culture and history in the north of the island.
Venture out of the city with trips to Josenji Temple (in Kuroishi), Oirase Gorge (in Towada) and Saga no Taki Fall (in Fujisato-machi). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Shirakami Sanchi, don't miss a visit to Hirosaki Food Market, Niji no Mart, get outside with Hakkoda Odake, and look for gifts at Omoide Shop Sakura House.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hirosaki holiday builder site.

You can drive from Obanazawa to Hirosaki in 5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Obanazawa in September: high temperatures in Hirosaki hover around 25°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Iga.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Iga, Japan

— 1 night
Iga is a city located in central Kii Peninsula, in the mountainous western Mie Prefecture, Japan.As of September 2012, the city has an estimated population of 95,137 and a population density of 170 persons per km2. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): relax in the rural setting at Moku Moku Farm, don't miss a visit to Aekuni Shrine, and then admire the verdant scenery at Iwakura Valley.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Iga online driving holiday planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hirosaki to Iga. Traveling from Hirosaki in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Iga: highs are around 33°C and lows about 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Ashikaga.

Things to do in Iga

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Ashikaga, Japan

— 1 night
Ashikaga is a city located in Tochigi Prefecture, in the northern Kantō region of Japan. Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Shimonokuni Isshayawatamiya Kadotainari Shrine, then find something for the whole family at Gunma Children's Land, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yagumo Shrine.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Ashikaga journey planner.

Explore your travel options from Iga to Ashikaga with the Route module. Traveling from Iga in September, you will find days in Ashikaga are little chillier (29°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Nara.

Things to do in Ashikaga

Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Nara, Japan

— 4 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nara: Horyu-ji Temple (in Ikaruga-cho) and Mt.Takami (in Matsusaka). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Todai-ji Temple, make a trip to Kofuku-ji Temple 5 Stories Pagoda, contemplate the long history of Todaiji Keidaicho, and examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Nara online tour itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ashikaga to Nara. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ashikaga in September: highs in Nara hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Osaka, Japan

— 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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin & Mt. Koya). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, don't miss a visit to Abeno Harukas, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and wander the streets of Dotombori District.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Osaka tour planner.

You can drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. September in Osaka sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Kobe, Japan

— 3 nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kobe: Akashi (Amore Beach & Matsue Swimming Beach) and Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en). There's lots more to do: gain insight at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), make a trip to Nunohiki River Valley, and examine the collection at Kobe Fashion Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kobe trip itinerary site.

Getting from Osaka to Kobe by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. September in Kobe sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Shopping · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Sapporo, Japan

— 5 nights

CIty of Ramen

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sapporo: Otaru (Haruka Horse Ranch & Otaru Canal). There's much more to do: stroll around Odori Park, fly down the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, head outdoors with Ishiyama Ryokuchi, and find something for the whole family at Shiroi Koibito Park.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sapporo online itinerary planner.

Fly from Kobe to Sapporo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Kobe in September, with highs in Sapporo at 23°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Kusatsu.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Kusatsu, Japan

— 1 night
Kusatsu is a city located in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): have fun at Rokuha Park and then see the interesting displays at Lake Biwa Museum.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kusatsu day trip site.

Explore your travel options from Sapporo to Kusatsu with the Route module. Traveling from Sapporo in October, things will get a bit warmer in Kusatsu: highs are around 27°C and lows about 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Morioka.

Things to do in Kusatsu

Fun & Games · Parks · Museums

Morioka, Japan

— 6 nights
The city of Morioka sits against a mountainous backdrop, framed by two main rivers.
Change things up with these side-trips from Morioka: Chuson-ji Temple (in Hiraizumi-cho), Semboku (Samurai District, Ishiguro Samurai House, &more) and Hachimantai (Mt. Iwate Yakehashiri Lava Flow, Hachimantai Promenade Peak, &more). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Michinoku Folklore Village, get your bearings at Moriokamachiya Monogatarikan, and look for gifts at Goza 9 Mori 9 Shoten.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Morioka road trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kusatsu to Morioka. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Kusatsu in October, with highs in Morioka at 20°C and lows at 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Morioka

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

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.