32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  14 h 30 min
1
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Sendai
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Osaka
— 4 nights
Drive:  45 min
4
Nara
— 4 nights
Drive:  45 min
5
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
6
Hiroshima
— 6 nights
Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: Melbourne

7
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Zojo-ji Temple and Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Asakusa Shrine and Hase-dera Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Katori (Katori Jingu Shrine & Historic Old Town area in Sawara, Katori), Kamakura (Engaku-ji Temple, Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), &more) and Naritasan Omote Sando (in Narita). There's still lots to do: visit Yokohama Minato Mirai 21, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Nezu Shrine, and explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tokyo tour itinerary maker site.

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in October since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Sendai.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kamakura, Katori, Narita, Saitama, Yokohama Minato Mirai 21
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Zojo-ji Temple ©
Zojo-ji Temple
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Risshaku-ji Temple and Takkoku no Iwaya. Do some cultural sightseeing at Shiogama Shrine and Entsu-in Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sendai: Osaki (Naruko Valley & Onsen Resorts), Bunshokan (in Yamagata) and Okama Crater (in Zao-machi). The adventure continues: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Nikka Whisky Sendai Factory Miyagikyo Distillery, contemplate the long history of Tagajo Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Atago Jinja Shrine, and make a trip to Sendaijo Ato.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sendai trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Sendai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Tokyo, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sendai, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Osaki, Yamagata, Tagajo Shrine, Shiogama Shrine, Entsu-in Temple
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Risshaku-ji Temple ©
Risshaku-ji Temple
Takkoku no Iwaya ©
Takkoku no Iwaya
Entsu-in Temple ©
Entsu-in Temple

4
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.
Head to Dotombori District and Minami (Namba)for some retail therapy. Explore hidden gems such as Koyasan Okunoin and Koyasan Danjo Garan. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Kongobu-ji Temple (in Koya-cho), Himeji Castle (in Himeji) and Kinpusenji Temple (in Yoshino-cho). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishinomiya Shrine, contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Osaka trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Sendai to Osaka takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sendai in October, expect nights in Osaka to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Nishinomiya Shrine, Himeji Castle, Kinpusenji Temple, Kimiidera Temple
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Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

4
nights
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Nigatsu-do Temple and Horyu-ji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Toshodai-ji Temple and Kasuga Grand Shrine. Explore Nara's surroundings by going to Sakurai (Omiwa Shrine & Hase-dera Temple), Muroji Temple (in Uda) and Ishibutai Tomb (in Asuka-mura). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kashihara Jingu, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and steep yourself in history at Naramachi.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Nara travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sakurai, Kashihara Jingu, Muroji Temple, Horyu-ji Temple, Akame Shijuhachi Waterfall
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 20:
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Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple

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.
Visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Sanzen-in Temple for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Tenryuji Temple and Tofuku-ji Temple. Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Byodoin in Uji--about 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, and admire the natural beauty at Nanzen-ji Temple.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Nara to Kyoto by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Otsu, Byodoin
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Sanzen-in Temple ©
Sanzen-in Temple
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

6
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get some historical perspective at Taikodani Inari Shrine and Itsukushima Shrine. Discover out-of-the-way places like Oyamazumi Shrine and Yamato Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Daishoin Temple, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, &more), Senkoji & Senkoji Park (in Onomichi) and JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, and take in the views from Kintaikyo Bridge.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima online trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Imabari, Kure, Kintaikyo Bridge, Senkoji & Senkoji Park
Find places to stay Oct 26 — Nov 1:
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Taikodani Inari Shrine ©
Taikodani Inari Shrine
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii

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