32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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32 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  15​h 30​min
1
Naniwa
— 4 nights
train:  6​h 30​min
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Kurashiki
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
5
Nagano
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
6
Sendai
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
7
Aomori
— 3 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
8
Tokyo
— 8 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Cairns

4
nights
Naniwa

Naniwa ©
Explore hidden gems such as Koyasan Okunoin and Mitarai Valley. Head to Dotonbori and Minami (Namba)for some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Naniwa side-trips: Koya-cho (Koyasan Danjo Garan, Mt. Koya, & more).

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Naniwa online trip itinerary maker .

Mackay, Australia to Naniwa is an approximately 25-hour flight. Traveling from Mackay to Naniwa, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Mackay in October, plan for slightly colder days in Naniwa, with highs around 27°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Naniwa

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Osaka, Mitarai Valley
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 27:
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Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Miyajima, kick back and relax at Mikasahama Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku, view the masterpieces at Schmoe House, then see the interesting displays at JMSDF Kure Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Mazda Museum.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima attractions app .

Getting from Naniwa to Hiroshima by car takes about 4.5 hours. In September in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kurashiki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, JMSDF Kure Museum, Mazda Museum
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 29:
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JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku

1
night
Kurashiki

Kurashiki ©
A town once known for its industriousness, today Kurashiki enjoys a reputation for its architecture and art.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sami Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Washu, contemplate the long history of Former Nozakike House, look for gifts at Haayashi Genjuro Shoten, then see the interesting displays at Hayashi Genjuro Pharmacy Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kurashiki road trip planning app .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kurashiki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kurashiki

Parks Beaches Nature

Side Trip

Bicchukokubunji Temple
Find places to stay Sep 29 — 30:
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Mt. Washu ©
Mt. Washu
Bicchukokubunji Temple ©
Bicchukokubunji Temple
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter ©

6
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.
Visiting Mt. Kurama and Hayazaki Biotop will get you outdoors. Museum-lovers will get to explore Kyoto Railway Museum and Miho Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Biwako Waterfowl Wetland Center (in Nagahama), Nango Suisan Center (in Otsu) and Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple (in Uji). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto road trip tool .

You can take a train from Kurashiki to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. You will leave for Nagano on the 6th (Sun).

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Otsu, Nagahama, Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple, Miho Museum
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 6:
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Shimogamo Jinja ©
Shimogamo Jinja
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

3
nights
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
You'll explore and learn at Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum and Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum Higashiyama Kaii Gallery. Discover out-of-the-way places like Togakushi Shrine Okusha and Ganshoin Temple. Explore Nagano's surroundings by going to Ike no Taira Shitsugen (in Tomi) and Nunobiki Kannon (in Komoro). There's lots more to do: take in the history at Old Battlefield of Kawanakajima, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saiho-ji Temple, look for all kinds of wild species at Iizuna Highlands Oyachi Marsh, and don't miss a visit to Sanada House.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Nagano online travel planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagano takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, Nagano is little chillier than Kyoto - with highs of 21°C and lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Sendai.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Ike no Taira Shitsugen, Ganshoin Temple, Nunobiki Kannon
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 9:
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Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Zenko-ji Temple ©
Zenko-ji Temple
Togakushi Jinja Hokosha ©
Togakushi Jinja Hokosha

3
nights
Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Shop till you drop at Sunmall Ichibancho and Shiogama Seafood Market. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Risshaku-ji Temple and Zuihoden. Venture out of the city with trips to Ginzan Onsen (in Obanazawa), Entsu-in Temple (in Matsushima-machi) and Tome (Shotaro Ishinomori Memorial Museum & Toyoma Education Museum (Old Toyoma Elementary School)). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Sendai Castle (Aoba Castle), steep yourself in history at Tagajo Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rinnoji Temple, and don't miss a visit to Funaoka Castle Ruins.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sendai online trip itinerary planner .

Take a train from Nagano to Sendai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Nagano in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 19°C in Sendai. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Aomori.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Tome, Entsu-in Temple, Ginzan Onsen, Tagajo Shrine, Shiroishigawa Embankment Hitome Sembonzakura
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 12:
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Risshaku-ji Temple ©
Risshaku-ji Temple
Entsu-in Temple ©
Entsu-in Temple
Sendaijo Ato ©
Sendaijo Ato

3
nights
Aomori

Aomori ©
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
Step out of the city life by going to Mt. Iwaki Lifts and Hakkoda Gourda Line. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sannai-Maruyama Ruins and Shayokan - Osamu Dazai Memorial Hall. Change things up with these side-trips from Aomori: Hirosaki (Choshoji Temple, Saishoin Temple, & more) and Goshogawara (Tsugaru Kanayama Yaki, Y.C.M Ikuzo Yoshi Collection Museum, & more). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Seikan Ferry Memorial Ship Hakkodamaru, explore the world behind art at Aomori Contemporary Art Center, test the waters at a local thermal spa, and get engrossed in the history at Aomori Museum of History.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Aomori trip itinerary tool .

You can take a train from Sendai to Aomori in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Sendai in October, with highs in Aomori at 17°C and lows at 9°C. You will leave for Tokyo on the 15th (Tue).

Things to do in Aomori

Museums Parks Trails

Side Trips

Hirosaki, Goshogawara
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 15:
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Munakata Shiko Memorial Museum of Art ©
Sannai-Maruyama Ruins ©
Sannai-Maruyama Ruins
Shayokan ©
Shayokan

8
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.
Get outdoors at Pola Museum of Art and Yokohama Nature Sanctuary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Ueno and Asakusa Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Hakone Museum of Art (in Hakone-machi), Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), Kencho-ji Temple, & more) and Mitsumine Shrine (Chichibu) (in Chichibu). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Yanaka, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hikawa Shrine, steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine, and get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip tool .

Getting from Aomori to Tokyo by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In October, Tokyo is a bit warmer than Aomori - with highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Kamakura, Kawasaki, Hakone-machi, Narita, Kichijoji
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 23:
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Ueno ©
Ueno
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

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