33 days in Japan Itinerary

33 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan visit planner

Plan created by another user. Make it yours

Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
2
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
3
Takayama
— 5 nights
4
Kyoto
— 5 nights
5
Himeji
— 4 nights
6
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
7
Chatan-cho
— 4 nights

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and get to know the fascinating history of Imperial Palace.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

Adelaide, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Adelaide in February, with highs in Tokyo at °C and lows at °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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.
Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Ishikawa Jumoku Park (in Hakusan), Spas (in Kaga) and Komatsu (Aratama Valley & Noguchi Naohiko Sake Institute). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, visit Higashichaya Old Town, and make a trip to Omicho Market.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa holiday planning tool.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Tokyo in February, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kanazawa: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Komatsu, Ishikawa Jumoku Park, Spas
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Takayama side-trips: Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more), Yabuhara Kogen Ski Area (in Kiso-mura) and Matsumoto (Suzuki Shin-ichi Talent Education Institute, Matsumoto Castle, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Kiso Fukushima Ski Resort, admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, have fun and explore at Hida Takayama Retro Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan).

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Takayama tour itinerary builder site.

Drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February in Takayama, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Historic Sites Winter Sports

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Matsumoto, Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha, Kiso Fukushima Ski Resort, Yabuhara Kogen Ski Area
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Osaka (Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, Imperial Hotel Plaza Osaka, &more) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, take a stroll through Gion, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner.

Drive from Takayama to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Takayama in February, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Himeji side-trips: Kunimi no Mori Park (in Shiso), Kobe (Kobe Harborland, Onsen Resorts, &more) and Kurashiki (Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter & Ohara Museum of Art). And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through Himeji Castle, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and step into the grandiose world of Okayama Castle.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Himeji driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February in Himeji, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Spas

Side Trips

Kobe, Okayama, Kurashiki, Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Kunimi no Mori Park
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Paddle Park, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Himeji to Hiroshima by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in February, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Chatan-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Tobishima Kaido
Find places to stay Feb 25 — Mar 1:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima
Miyajima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

4
nights
Chatan-cho

Known for its American military bases, Chatan-cho has lacked the tourism appeal of other towns on the island, yet offers a pleasant beach getaway.
Change things up with these side-trips from Chatan-cho: Motobu-cho (Okichan Theater, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, &more), Nanjo (Sefa-Utaki & Cape Chinen Park) and Kouri Ohashi (in Nakijin-son). The adventure continues: get outside with Blue Sky, explore the historical opulence of Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, see the interesting displays at Okinawa Prefecture Karate Museum, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Chatan-cho journey builder tool.

Getting from Hiroshima to Chatan-cho by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Hiroshima in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Chatan-cho: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chatan-cho

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Nanjo, Scuba & Snorkeling, Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, Okinawa Prefecture Karate Museum
Find places to stay Mar 1 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Kouri Ohashi ©
Kouri Ohashi

Similar Plans

35 days in South Korea & Japan BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 31 days in Japan BY A USER FROM URUGUAY March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems Preferences: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Fast-paced 36 days in Japan BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND March, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: March, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 32 days in Japan BY A USER FROM GERMANY April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 54 days in Japan BY A USER FROM ITALY August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 60 days in Japan BY A USER FROM JAPAN May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 37 days in Asia, Europe & South America BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 34 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM December, culture, romantic, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular sights Preferences: December, culture, romantic, historic sites, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Slow & easy 35 days in Japan BY A USER FROM ISRAEL September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 34 days in Japan BY A USER FROM BRAZIL July, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems Preferences: July, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 33 days in Japan BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, hidden gems Preferences: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 56 days in Japan BY A USER FROM JAPAN April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, fast-paced, hidden gems Preferences: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Fast-paced
See more plans