30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

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30 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Gold Coast
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
2
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
5
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Takayama
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
7
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
8
Tokyo
— 10 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Gold Coast

1
night
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.
To find maps and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo attractions planner .

Gold Coast, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Gold Coast to Tokyo is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Gold Coast in December, expect Tokyo to be much colder, temps between 14°C and 4°C. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Thu) before leaving for Fukuoka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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2
nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hakata Traditional Craft Center, Fukuoka Castle Remains, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum and then don't miss a visit to Yatai. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Temmangu, then step off the mainland to explore Nokonoshima Island, then browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, and finally enjoy some music at Canal City Hakata.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Fukuoka trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Fukuoka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. December in Fukuoka sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 5°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Sat) before leaving for Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Dazaifu Temmangu
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Dazaifu Temmangu
Dazaifu Temmangu
Nokonoshima Island ©
Nokonoshima Island
Canal City Hakata ©
Canal City Hakata

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kintaikyo Bridge, Shukkei-en Garden, The Cenotaph, and other attractions you added. Discover out-of-the-way places like Peace Bell and Aioi Bridge.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima planning tool .

Traveling by train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. On the 17th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Miyajima, Kintaikyo Bridge
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima ©
Miyajima
The Cenotaph ©
The Cenotaph

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle and then shop like a local with Dotonbori.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Osaka holiday planner .

Getting from Hiroshima to Osaka by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. You will leave for Kyoto on the 20th (Fri).

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 20:
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Kyoto Imperial Palace, Togetsukyo Bridge, Bamboo Forest Street, and other attractions. Step off the beaten path and head to Kennin-ji Temple and Yase Momiji no Komichi.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary maker app .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Tenryuji Temple ©
Tenryuji Temple

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes UMESEKO TOUR as well as Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Gokayama and Wada House. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Takayama: The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses (in Shirakawa-mura) and Suganuma Gassho Community (in Nanto).

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Takayama tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Takayama takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kyoto in December: highs in Takayama hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Nanto
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
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UMESEKO TOUR ©
UMESEKO TOUR
Gokayama ©
Gokayama

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Ninja Temple has been added to your itinerary.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Kanazawa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Ninja Temple ©
Ninja Temple

10
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kawaii Monster Cafe Harajuku, Mount Fuji, Ginza, and other attractions you added. Have a day of magic on the 30th (Mon) at Tokyo Disneyland. See some other sides of Tokyo: take a stroll through Akihabara and don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo road trip planning website .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. On the 8th (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Tokyo Disneyland, Mount Fuji
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Akihabara ©
Akihabara

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