33 days in Japan Itinerary

33 days in Japan Itinerary

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33 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Fukuoka
— 3 nights
2
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Kobe
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Konohana
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Shizuoka
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Yokohama
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
9
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

3
nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fukuoka: Dazaifu (Komyozen-ji Temple & Dazaifu Temman-gu), Tsutsukihama Beach (in Iki) and Miyajihama Beach (in Fukutsu). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, let the kids burn off some steam at Ohori Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Sakuradaki Waterfall, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Fukuoka trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Fukuoka is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Fukuoka due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in September, you will find days in Fukuoka are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are warmer (24°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Dazaifu, Miyajihama Beach, Sakuradaki Waterfall, Tsutsukihama Beach, Old Kurauchi Residence
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 24:
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Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Dazaifu Temmangu
Dazaifu Temmangu
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum ©
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Mt. Misen (in Miyajima), Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, & more) and Kosanji Temple (in Onomichi). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kosanji Temple
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 28:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

3
nights
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kobe: Takarazuka City Historical Museum Old Wada House (in Takarazuka) and Himeji (Himeji Castle, Nishi no Maru, & more). And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, take a stroll through Chinatown (Nankinmachi), make a trip to Ishoan, and soothe aching muscles at Arima Onsen.

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You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kobe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus. In September, daytime highs in Kobe are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Konohana.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Himeji, The British Bag, Takarazuka City Historical Museum Old Wada House, Hanshin Koshien Stadium
Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 1:
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden

2
nights
Konohana

Konohana ©
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daimon-ji Temple, head outdoors with Takatsuki Forest Center, and then meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

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Konohana is very close to Kobe. October in Konohana sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Konohana

Theme Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Osaka, Takatsuki Forest Center, Daimon-ji Temple
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 3:
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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: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto sightseeing planning website .

Getting from Konohana to Kyoto by car takes about 1.5 hours. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Fun & Games

Side Trip

Jishu Shrine
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 7:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses) and Takayama (Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato) & Takayama Jinya). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, and get outside with Shishiku Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Shizuoka.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Shishiku Park, Gongenmori Beach
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 11:
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

1
night
Shizuoka

Shizuoka ©
With its upmarket shopping districts and scenic coastal landscape, Shizuoka stands as the main urban area of a province often referred to as Japan's riviera.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nihondaira Zoo and then head outdoors with Mt. Mano.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Shizuoka online road trip planner .

Getting from Kanazawa to Shizuoka by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Kanazawa in October since evenings lows in Shizuoka dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yokohama.

Things to do in Shizuoka

Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 12:
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Nihondaira Zoo ©
Nihondaira Zoo

3
nights
Yokohama

Yokohama ©
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Change things up with these side-trips from Yokohama: Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Hase-dera Temple, & more), Enoshima Island (in Fujisawa) and Moroiso Shores (in Miura). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Sankeien Gardens, wander the streets of Yokohama Chinatown, get a taste of the local shopping with Minato Mirai 21, and explore the world behind art at Yokohama Museum of Art.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Yokohama online tour planner .

Getting from Shizuoka to Yokohama by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. October in Yokohama sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yokohama

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Kamakura, Enoshima Island, Moroiso Shores
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Sankeien Gardens ©
Sankeien Gardens
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Urayasu--about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 19th (Sat) at Tokyo Disneyland. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, take a stroll through Odaiba, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tokyo vacation builder app .

Tokyo is very close to Yokohama. In October, daytime highs in Tokyo are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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