32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
2
Kagoshima
— 3 nights
3
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
5
Kyoto
— 4 nights
6
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
7
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
8
Tokyo
— 5 nights

3
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Ishigaki is known for nature, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, don't miss a visit to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, and stroll around Banna Park.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip itinerary builder website.

Brisbane, Australia to Ishigaki is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Brisbane to Ishigaki, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brisbane in December, you will find days in Ishigaki are a bit cooler (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Museums
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 20:
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Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal ©
Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal
Banna Park ©
Banna Park

3
nights
Kagoshima

Kagoshima ©
Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
Explore Kagoshima's surroundings by going to Minamikyushu (Chiran Heiwa Park & Sebira Park) and Ibusuki (Onsen Resorts & Cape Nagasakibana). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Sengan-en, take in panoramic vistas at Yunohira Lookout, get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Meiji Restoration, and look for gifts at Kyujiki Kagoshima Honten.

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Traveling by combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Kagoshima takes 5.5 hours. When traveling from Ishigaki in December, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Kagoshima: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Minamikyushu, Ibusuki
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:
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Sakurajima ©
Sakurajima
Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en
Nagashima Museum ©
Nagashima Museum

3
nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Go for a jaunt from Nagasaki to Sasebo to see Huis Ten Bosch about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Glover Garden, get a sense of history and politics at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sōfuku-ji Temple.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, read Nagasaki trip builder website.

Traveling by train from Kagoshima to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. December in Nagasaki sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Theme Parks Parks Museums

Side Trip

Huis Ten Bosch
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:
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Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Momijidani Park (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and have fun at SHA-RAKU Archery Experience.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima vacation planner.

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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.
Step out of Kyoto to go to Osaka and see Universal Studios Japan, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip maker.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trip

Universal Studios Japan
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

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: Takayama (Sanmachi Suji, Takayama Jinya, &more) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). There's still lots to do: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, make a trip to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri, and explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa trip itinerary app.

Drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Kanazawa sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Takayama
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 6:
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Spas (in Okaya), Fujinomiya Route (in Fujinomiya) and Matsumoto Castle (in Matsumoto). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi, take some stellar pictures from Fujiyama Sushi-Making Tour, make a trip to Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba, and explore the historical opulence of Kazurayama Castle Ruins.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi driving holiday planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Fujikawaguchiko-machi by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around °C in January, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Spas, Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine, Mount Fuji, Fujinomiya Route
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 10:
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Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle

5
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, and discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Tokyo online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 15:
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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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