29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Nara
— 3 nights
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
5
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
6
Sapporo
— 3 nights
7
Hakodate
— 1 night
8
Tokyo
— 8 nights


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3
nights
Nara

Nara ©
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.
Explore Nara's surroundings by going to Mt.Takami (in Matsusaka), Horyu-ji Temple (in Ikaruga-cho) and Kusuri no Yakata (in Uda). There's lots more to do: walk around Nara Park, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, stop by Naramachi Nakanishi Yosaburo, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Shuonan Ikkyuji Temple.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Nara day trip planning website.

Melbourne, Australia to Nara is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Nara is minus 1 hour. Expect colder weather when traveling from Melbourne in December: highs in Nara hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Mt.Takami, Shuonan Ikkyuji Temple, Horyu-ji Temple, Kusuri no Yakata
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 9:
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

4
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.
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, take a stroll through Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and take in nature's colorful creations at Katsura Imperial Villa.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 13:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

3
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution in Kobe (about 50 minutes away). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka day trip planning website.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December in Osaka, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 16:
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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.
Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

Make your Hiroshima itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. December in Hiroshima sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 19:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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.
Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Wada House, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, don't miss a visit to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri, and wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa journey planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kanazawa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. December in Kanazawa sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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.
When in Sapporo, make a side trip to see Otaru Canal in Otaru, approximately Otaru away. There's lots more to do: walk around Odori Park, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, hike along Maruyama Hachijuhakksho Hiking Course, and take some stellar pictures from Mt. Moiwa.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Sapporo trip builder.

Fly from Kanazawa to Sapporo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Kanazawa in December, things will get little chillier in Sapporo: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Museums Tours

Side Trip

Otaru Canal
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

1
night
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
On the 26th (Sat), take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower, explore by horseback at Dosanko Farm Hakodate, and then make a trip to Hachimanzaka.

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

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Hakodate takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Mount Hakodate
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:
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Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower
Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Hachimanzaka ©
Hachimanzaka

8
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi). Have a day of magic on the 28th (Mon) at Tokyo Disneyland. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, discover the magic at Tokyo DisneySea, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Hakodate to Tokyo in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Hakodate in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Urayasu, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Find places to stay Dec 26 — Jan 3:
Highlights from your plan
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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