33 days in Japan Itinerary

33 days in Japan Itinerary

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33 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Dhaka City
Fly:  15​h
1
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  4​h 30​min
2
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
3
Himeji
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Konohana
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Takayama
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Sapporo
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
9
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Dhaka City

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.
On the 3rd (Mon), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, look for all kinds of wild species at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip itinerary planner .

Dhaka City, Bangladesh to Ishigaki is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of taxi and flight. Traveling from Dhaka City to Ishigaki, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 5:
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Miyajima, & more). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima vacation maker app .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of flight and ferry. In December, Hiroshima is colder than Ishigaki - with highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 8:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

2
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.
On the 9th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Himeji Castle, admire the natural beauty at Kokoen Garden, then contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, and finally don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sumiyoshi Shrine, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura, and then contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Himeji trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Himeji, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Konohana.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sumiyoshi Shrine, Mt. Takamikura, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 10:
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

2
nights
Konohana

Konohana ©
On the 11th (Tue), make a trip to Tempozan Ferris Wheel and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamateyame Park, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Shimin Fureai no Sato, and then meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

Start your trip to Konohana by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Himeji to Konohana in 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Konohana can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Konohana

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Osaka, Tamateyame Park, Shimin Fureai no Sato
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Tempozan Ferris Wheel ©
Tempozan Ferris Wheel

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, go for a walk through Arashiyama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto vacation app .

You can drive from Konohana to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Kyoto are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka Castle, Jishu Shrine
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 16:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

4
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Takayama: Rail - MTB Gattan Go!! (in Hida) and Shirakawa-mura (Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, & more). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, admire the masterpieces at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Shiroyama Park.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Takayama trip maker app .

You can drive from Kyoto to Takayama in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in December, plan for little chillier days in Takayama, with highs around 9°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Rail Mountain Bike Gattan Go!!
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 20:
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Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Hakusan (Ishikawa Jumoku Park & Tedori Canyon). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, and don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa route app .

Drive from Takayama to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Hakusan
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sapporo: Otaru Canal (in Otaru) and Noboribetsu (Jigokudani & Spas & Wellness). The adventure continues: stroll through Odori Park, don't miss a visit to Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, head outdoors with Mt. Tomuraushi, and wander the streets of Susukino.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sapporo trip site .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Kanazawa to Sapporo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Kanazawa in December, expect Sapporo to be a bit cooler, temps between 0°C and -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Jigokudani, Otaru Canal, Mt. Tomuraushi
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:
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Okurayama Lookout ©
Okurayama Lookout
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

6
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.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Urayasu, about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 31st (Mon) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and steep yourself in history at Tokyo National Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Tokyo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of train and flight. When traveling from Sapporo in December, plan for much warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 14°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 2:
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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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