30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

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30 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Fukushima
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
3
Tokyo
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Miyazaki
— 3 nights
train + taxi:  2​h
5
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Beppu
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
7
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
8
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
9
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Takayama
— 2 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  6​h 45​min
11
Sapporo
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
12
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Sydney

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center and Fire Museum. You'll explore and learn at Madame Tussauds Tokyo and National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Kyu Iwasakitei Teien, see the interesting displays at Kimchi Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suga Shrine, and explore the world behind art at Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planning app .

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Sydney to Tokyo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in August: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Fukushima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Fukagawa Edo Museum ©
Fukagawa Edo Museum
Fire Museum ©
Fire Museum
Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center ©

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nights
Fukushima

Fukushima ©
Fukushima is the capital city of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. On the 14th (Fri), examine the collection at Fukushima City Minka-en, then explore the wide array of goods at Nakago Fukushima, and then stroll around Chayanuma Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Bikki Numa, examine the collection at Nishida Memorial Museum, then look for gifts at Anna Garden, and finally steep yourself in history at Fukushima Inari Shrine.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Fukushima trip website .

You can drive from Tokyo to Fukushima in 4 hours. Traveling from Tokyo in August, expect Fukushima to be a bit cooler, temps between 32°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fukushima

Shopping Parks Museums
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 16:
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Nakago Fukushima ©
Nakago Fukushima
Nishida Memorial Museum ©
Nishida Memorial Museum
Fukushima City Minka-en ©
Fukushima City Minka-en

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hours
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 16th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Suntory Museum of Art, then examine the collection at Ota Memorial Museum of Art, and then look for gifts at Kiddy Land Harajuku.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Fukushima to Tokyo in 4 hours. Traveling from Fukushima in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Miyazaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Shopping
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Ota Memorial Museum of Art ©
Ota Memorial Museum of Art
Suntory Museum of Art ©
Suntory Museum of Art

3
nights
Miyazaki

Miyazaki ©
Enjoying some of the warmest weather on Japan's main islands, Miyazaki thrived as a resort town in the 1980s, with hotels, beaches, and seafood restaurants galore.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take a stroll around Oyodo River Study Center.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Miyazaki holiday builder app .

Fly from Tokyo to Miyazaki in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Miyazaki

Shopping Childrens Museums Museums

Side Trip

Saitobaru Tomb
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En Haut ©
En Haut
Miyzaki Science Center ©
Miyzaki Science Center

2
nights
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): stop by Michi-no-Eki Asobonosato Kugino, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aratate Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Kushifuru Shrine, and finally don't miss a visit to Tochimata Tanada Rice Terrace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Tunnel Station, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaguraden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Amanomanai, then make a trip to Akimoto Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kusakabeyoshimi Shrine.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Takachiho-cho trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Miyazaki to Takachiho-cho by combination of train and taxi takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Beppu.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Michi-no-Eki Asobonosato Kugino, Kusakabeyoshimi Shrine
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 21:
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Aratate Shrine ©
Aratate Shrine
Kaguraden ©
Kaguraden
Michi-no-Eki Asobonosato Kugino ©
Michi-no-Eki Asobonosato Kugino

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nights
Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
On the 18th (Tue), take in the natural beauty of Tsurunoyu and then explore the activities along Shidakako Lake. Keep things going the next day: browse the exhibits of Oita Prefectural Museum of History, enjoy breathtaking views from Jumonjibaru Observation Deck, and then examine the collection at Oita Fragrance Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Beppu trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Takachiho-cho to Beppu by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Beppu

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Oita Prefectural Museum of History
Find places to stay Aug 21 — 23:
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Tsurunoyu ©
Tsurunoyu
Shidakako Lake ©
Shidakako Lake
Oita Prefectural Museum of History ©
Oita Prefectural Museum of History

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nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 23rd (Sun), stop by Monokoto Store, see the interesting displays at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum, examine the collection at Honkawa Peace Museum, then see the sky in a new way at Hiroshima Children's Museum, and finally stroll through Mikasahama Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): engage your brain at Hiroshima City Ebiyama Museum Of Meteorology and then get outside with Paddle Park.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Hiroshima road trip planner.

Take a train from Beppu to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Outdoors Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Children's Museum ©
Hiroshima Children's Museum
Mikasahama Beach ©
Mikasahama Beach

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Muroji Temple and Universal City Walk Osaka. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Amore Beach and Modern Transportation Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Kashihara Jingu (in Kashihara), Yoshikien (in Nara) and Asuka-dera Temple (in Asuka-mura). There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Koyasan Reihokan Museum and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishinomiya Shrine.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Osaka trip builder website .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, daytime highs in Osaka are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, Muroji Temple, Kashihara Jingu, Asuka-dera Temple, Yoshikien
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 27:
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Yoshikien ©
Yoshikien
Muroji Temple ©
Muroji Temple
Asuka-dera Temple ©
Asuka-dera Temple

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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.
On the 28th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kotoin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jingoji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Myoshinji Temple. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Genkoan, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Kyoto Kimono Rental Sakura, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Komyoin, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mimurotoji Temple, and finally admire the masterpieces at Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto route maker website .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Uji, Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple)
Find places to stay Aug 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Kotoin ©
Kotoin
Jingoji Temple ©
Jingoji Temple
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple ©
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple

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nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Let the collections at Hida Great Limestone Cave and Ohashi Collection Kan Museum and Hida Takayama Art and Festa Forest capture your imagination. Step off the beaten path and head to Hikaru Museum and Kusakabe Folk Museum. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), admire the masterpieces at Furui Machinami Museum Kiyoshi Yamashita Gengaten, get your bearings at Takayama City Hall, and boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Takayama road trip website .

Drive from Kyoto to Takayama in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Takayama, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Historic Sites Spas
Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 1:
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Hikaru Museum ©
Hikaru Museum
Thermal Spas

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Edwin Dun Memorial Hall and Important Cultural Properties at Hokkaido University Botanical Garden Museum. Naritasan Sapporo Betsuin Shinei-ji Temple and Hokkaido Shrine Tongu will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Hokkaido Museum Morino Charenga, steep yourself in history at Former Gatehouse of Sapporo Agricultural College, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and see the interesting displays at Dairy Farming and Milk History Museum & Sapporo Factory.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sapporo road trip tool .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Takayama to Sapporo takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Takayama in September, you will find days in Sapporo are slightly colder (23°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 5:
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Sapporo Science Center ©
Sapporo Science Center
Hokkaido Museum Morino Charenga ©
Hokkaido Museum Morino Charenga
Edwin Dun Memorial Hall ©
Edwin Dun Memorial Hall

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hozomon and Kitanomaru Park. You'll explore and learn at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan and Nihon Minkaen Japan Open Air Folk House Museum. Enjoy Tokyo some more: admire the masterpieces at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shimpo-ji Temple, and examine the collection at Tobu Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Sapporo to Tokyo by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sapporo in September, with highs in Tokyo at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Nihon Minkaen Japan Open Air Folk House Museum
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Toyokawa Inari Tokyo Betsuin ©
Toyokawa Inari Tokyo Betsuin
Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan ©
Hozomon ©
Hozomon

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