23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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23 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  18​h
1
Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 night
+3
shuttle + train + taxi + Fly:  6​h
2
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
4
Himeji
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
5
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Kita
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + train + bus:  6​h
7
Motobu-cho
— 3 nights
+3
ferry + foot + train + Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Sydney


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1
night
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Yamanouchi-machi itinerary app .

Sydney, Australia to Yamanouchi-machi is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Yamanouchi-machi, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, Yamanouchi-machi is colder than Sydney - with highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Wildlife Parks Baths

Side Trip

Onsen Resorts
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Snow Monkey Resorts Info & Gift Shop ©

2
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.
Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura) and Clock Tower (Tokei-dai) will appeal to history buffs. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Otaru Orgel Museum Main Building and Tanukikoji Shopping Street. Change things up with a short trip to Northern Horse Park in Tomakomai (about 1h 05 min away). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Susukino, take in panoramic vistas at Sapporo TV Tower, stroll through Odori Park, and ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Sapporo trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Yamanouchi-machi to Sapporo by combination of taxi, train, and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, train, and flight; or do a combination of taxi, train, and flight. When traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Sapporo: temperatures range from 0°C by day to -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Sapporo

Shopping Parks Museums

Side Trips

Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building, Northern Horse Park
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 21:
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Tanukikoji Shopping Street ©
Tanukikoji Shopping Street
Clock Tower (Tokei-dai) ©
Clock Tower (Tokei-dai)
Sapporo Underground Pedestrian Space ©

2
nights
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 (Sun): take in the views from Heiwa Bridge, head off the coast to Miyajima, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then stroll through Katsuragahama Beach, and finally look for gifts at Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Hiroshima takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Sapporo in December, expect Hiroshima to be a bit warmer, temps between 13°C and 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Katsuragahama Beach
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:
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Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Miyajima ©
Miyajima

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.
On the 24th (Tue), take in nature's colorful creations at Himeji City Tegarayama Botanical Garden, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then take some stellar pictures from Awaji Hanasajiki, and finally make a trip to Awaji Highway Oasis. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ako Oishi Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Remains of Ako Castle, then enjoy the sand and surf at Amore Beach, and finally stop by Uontana Shopping Street.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Himeji trip planning site .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Another option is to drive. In December, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Ako, Awaji, Akashi
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Awaji Hanasajiki ©
Awaji Hanasajiki
Awaji Highway Oasis ©
Awaji Highway Oasis

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.
Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo-jo Castle will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Gion and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Todai-ji Temple in Nara, approximately 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, stroll through Monkey Park Iwatayama, get in on the family fun at Toei Kyoto Studio Park, and get a taste of the local shopping with Kyoto Station Building.

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You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Kyoto sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Kita.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 30:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
nights
Kita

Kita ©
Head to Dotonbori and Shinsaibashifor some retail therapy. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like SpaWorld and KidZania Koshien.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kita online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Kyoto to Kita in 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Kita

Shopping Neighborhoods Fun & Games

Side Trips

Osaka, KidZania Koshien
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
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Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

3
nights
Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and Daisekirinzan. Change things up with these side-trips from Motobu-cho: Okuma Beach (in Kunigami-son) and Kouri Bridge (in Nakijin-son). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Emerald Beach, meet the residents at Okichan Theater, get in on the family fun at Nago Pineapple Park, and stroll through Sesoko Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Motobu-cho trip itinerary maker .

Explore your travel options from Kita to Motobu-cho with the Route module. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kita in January: high temperatures in Motobu-cho hover around 22°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Nago, Kunigami-son, Nakijin-son
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 6:
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins
Okuma Beach ©
Okuma Beach

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