31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Sapporo
— 3 nights
2
Niigata
— 3 nights
3
Tokyo
— 9 nights
4
Osaka
— 5 nights
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
6
Kumamoto
— 5 nights

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Hokkaido University Museum and Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura). Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari Shrine and Sapporo Clock Tower. Venture out of the city with trips to Tomakomai (Furusato Beach & Lake Utonai Wildlife Conservation Center) and Ransima Beach (in Otaru). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Sapporo Art Museum, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Sapporo trip itinerary builder.

Sydney, Australia to Sapporo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Sapporo due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Sydney, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Sapporo, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Niigata.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Tomakomai, Ransima Beach
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The Hokkaido University Museum ©
The Hokkaido University Museum
Sapporo Art Museum ©
Sapporo Art Museum
Fushimi Inari Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari Shrine

3
nights
Niigata

Niigata ©
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
Get in touch with nature at Nishikaigan Park and Ikutopia Shoku Hana. Shirone Kite Museum and Niigata Niitsu Railway Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Yahiko Shrine (in Yahiko-mura) and Shibata (Ichishimatei & Akatani Cycling Road). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Sekiyahama Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Niigata Church, get engrossed in the history at Niigata Prefectural Government Memorial Hall, and look for gifts at Ponshukan Niigata Station.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Niigata journey planner.

Getting from Sapporo to Niigata by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sapporo in August, you will find days in Niigata are a bit warmer (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Niigata

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Shibata, Yahiko Shrine
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Niigata Niitsu Railway Museum ©
Niigata Niitsu Railway Museum
Yahiko Shrine ©
Yahiko Shrine
Ponshukan Niigata Station ©
Ponshukan Niigata Station

9
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.
Visit Asakusa Shrine and Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tokyo National Museum and Pola Museum of Art. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), &more), Chigogafuchi Marine Plateau (in Enoshima) and Mitsumine Shrine (in Chichibu). There's still lots to do: have fun at teamLab☆Planets, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, examine the collection at Oya History Museum, and wander the streets of Ueno District.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Tokyo sightseeing planning site.

Traveling by train from Niigata to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kamakura, Utsunomiya, Kashima Jingu, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Chigogafuchi Marine Plateau
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tenryuji Temple and Tofuku-ji Temple. Popular historic sites such as Kennin-ji Temple and Kinkaku-ji are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Toshodai-ji Temple (in Nara), Horyu-ji Temple (in Ikaruga-cho) and Kyoto (Kodai-ji Temple, Nijo Castle, &more). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Dotombori District, contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Higirijizo-in, and examine the collection at Jotokan Memorial Museum.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Osaka trip tool.

Take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August in Osaka, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kyoto, Toshodai-ji Temple, Horyu-ji Temple
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Tenryuji Temple ©
Tenryuji Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

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.
Daishoin Temple and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at JMSDF Kure Museum and Mitaki Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Shakushi no Ie, Senjokaku, &more). There's more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip builder.

Take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, JMSDF Kure Museum
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JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple

5
nights
Kumamoto

Kumamoto ©
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kengun Shrine and Yakumo Koizumi Old House in Kumamoto. You'll explore and learn at Sakuranobaba Johsaien and Gamadasu Dome (Mt. Unzen Disaster Memorial Hall). Explore Kumamoto's surroundings by going to Ashikita Seaside Comprehensive Park (in Ashikita-machi), Okoshiki Beach (in Uto) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Amakusa). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Tetori Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumamotojoinari Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Kumamoto Castle, and take in the history at Shimpuren Leader Tomoo Otaguro's Battle Site.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kumamoto online tour builder.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kumamoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daily temperatures in Kumamoto can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Takachiho-cho, Ashikita Seaside Comprehensive Park, Michi-no-Eki Asobonosato Kugino, Heitate Shrine, Okoshiki Beach
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Catholic Tetori Church ©
Catholic Tetori Church
Sakuranobaba Johsaien ©
Sakuranobaba Johsaien
Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle

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