29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

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29 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Osaka
train:  3​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train + bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Hakone-machi
— 11 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
5
Kobe
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
6
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Sydney

4
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.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip website .

Osaka to Tokyo is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

11
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Get out of town with these interesting Hakone-machi side-trips: Atami (Kinomiya Shrine & Himenosawa Park), Oshino-mura (Waku Pond & Oshino Hakkai) and Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Mount Fuji, cool off at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun, explore the world behind art at Narukawa Art Museum, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in November, plan for little chillier days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Ito, Atami, Fujiyoshida, Narusawa-mura, Oshino-mura
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Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

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, classes, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip maker tool .

Getting from Hakone-machi to Kyoto by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Hakone-machi in December, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 4°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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 (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima travel planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

3
nights
Kobe

Kobe ©
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.
Step out of Kobe with an excursion to Otsuka Museum of Art in Naruto--about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: deepen your understanding at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, appreciate the views at Arima Onsen, admire the natural beauty at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, and make a trip to Nunohiki River Valley.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kobe online route maker .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kobe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In December in Kobe, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Hyogo Prefecture, Nishinomiya, Otsuka Museum of Art, Ashiya Rock Garden
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Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)

2
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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center & Nara Park). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Osaka holiday planner.

Osaka is just a short distance from Kobe. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Nara
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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