31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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31 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Launceston
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Matsumoto
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
5
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  45​min
6
Himeji
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h
7
Hiroshima
— 5 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Launceston

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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planning website .

Launceston, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Launceston to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Launceston in December: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 14°C and lows are around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 6:
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

4
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Hakone-machi (Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, The Hakone Open-Air Museum, & more), Ikeda museum of 20th century art (in Ito) and Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine (in Fujinomiya). Spend the 9th (Mon) exploring nature at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. There's more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Fuji and explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi.

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Traveling by car from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in December, expect nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi to be about the same, around 5°C, while days are slightly colder, around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Mount Fuji, Ikeda museum of 20th century art, Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 10:
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi

4
nights
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Matsumoto: Zenko-ji Temple (in Nagano), Daiho-ji Temple (in Aoki-mura) and Nihyaku Jizo (in Shiojiri). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto holiday planner.

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Matsumoto, with lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Takayama, Azumino, Nihyaku Jizo, Zenko-ji Temple, Daiho-ji Temple
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 14:
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Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Zenko-ji Temple ©
Zenko-ji Temple

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi), Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama) and Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, & more). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, and admire the verdant scenery at Aratama Valley.

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

You can drive from Matsumoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Matsumoto in December: highs in Kanazawa hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Aratama Valley
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 18:
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana) and Osaka (Dotonbori & Osaka Castle). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, go for a walk through Arashiyama, and contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 23:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Himeji: Daisen Outlook (in Mimasaka) and Mt. Kuma (in Bizen). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura, and don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Himeji online attractions planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Daisen Outlook, Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Mt. Kuma, Mt. Takamikura
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:
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Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

5
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Kosanji Temple (in Onomichi), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, & more) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima attractions planner .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. December in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kosanji Temple
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 31:
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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

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