33 days in Japan Itinerary

33 days in Japan Itinerary

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1
Tokyo
— 7 nights
2
Hakuba-mura
— 5 nights
3
Kyoto
— 5 nights
4
Osaka
— 5 nights
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
6
Nagasaki
— 4 nights
7
Tokyo
— 2 nights

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.
Visit Kencho-ji Temple and Historic Old Town area in Sawara, Katori for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at teamLab☆Planets and Ugafuku Shrine ( Goddess of Money Washing). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Banna-ji Temple (in Ashikaga), Gunma Museum of Art, Tatebayashi (in Tatebayashi) and Gongendo Sakura Tsutsumi (in Satte). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Hozomon, stop by Ueno District, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, and get to know the fascinating history of Sankeien Gardens.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary planning app.

Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Brisbane to Tokyo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Brisbane in December: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 14°C and lows are around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Yokohama, Kamakura, Katori, Naritasan Omote Sando, Banna-ji Temple
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 28:
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Kanda Myojin ©
Kanda Myojin
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Engaku-ji Temple ©
Engaku-ji Temple

5
nights
Hakuba-mura

Hakuba-mura ©
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
Matsumoto City Art Museum and Hakuba Alpine Library will appeal to museum buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort and Nozawa Onsen. Change things up with these side-trips from Hakuba-mura: Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort (in Nozawaonsen-mura), Obuse-machi (Ganshoin Temple & Gensho-ji Temple) and Otari-mura (Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort & Tsugaike Natural Park). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, hit the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, get great views at Hakuba Mountain Harbor, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hakuba-mura driving holiday website.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Hakuba-mura takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, Hakuba-mura is a bit cooler than Tokyo - with highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

Matsumoto, Yamanouchi-machi, Nozawaonsen-mura, Obuse-machi, Otari-mura
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 2:
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Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden ©
Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Chihiro Art Museum Azumino
Chihiro Art Museum Azumino

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.
Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Ise Shrine Geku for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Tozaki Shrine (in Otsu), Hikone (Hikone Castle & Genkyuen Garden) and Ise (Sarutahiko Shrine & Furuichi Kaido). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, wander the streets of Arashiyama, contemplate the long history of House of Nishikawa Jingoro, and take in the pleasant sights at Gion.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kyoto road trip planning site.

Getting from Hakuba-mura to Kyoto by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, Kyoto is a bit warmer than Hakuba-mura - with highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Otsu, Ise, Omihachiman, Hikone
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 7:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

5
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Koyasan Okunoin and Omiwa Shrine. Your inner history buff will appreciate Horyu-ji Temple and Toshodai-ji Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Uemiya Ruin Park (in Ikaruga-cho), Koya-cho (Koyasan Daishi Kyokai, Kongobu-ji Temple, &more) and Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Nigatsu-do Temple, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, get to know the fascinating history of Hozenji Yokocho, steep yourself in history at Bizenmaru, and examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka online trip maker.

Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Nara, Ikaruga-cho, Himeji, Sakurai
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 12:
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Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mazda Museum and JMSDF Kure Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Peace Flame and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Etajima (Former Naval Academy & Etajima Manabino Yakata). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and appreciate the history behind Peace Bell.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima vacation planning website.

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In January, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

Etajima, Kure, Mazda Museum
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple

4
nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Appreciate the collections at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture. Visit Sakitsu Catholic Church and Ono Church for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Nagasaki side-trips: Amakusa (Aamakusa Rozariokan & Sakitsu Museum Minatoya). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at 26 Martyrs Museum, examine the collection at Endo Shusaku Literary Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapel of Seishin Convent Nagasaki, and contemplate the long history of Nyokodo, Nagai Takashi Museum.

Discover how to plan a Nagasaki trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Nagasaki can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Amakusa
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 19:
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Sakitsu Catholic Church ©
Sakitsu Catholic Church
Suwa Shrine ©
Suwa Shrine

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Fukagawa Edo Museum, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, take a stroll through Yanaka District, then contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine, then explore the world behind art at The National Art Center, Tokyo, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center, then admire the masterpieces at Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo day trip planning site.

Fly from Nagasaki to Tokyo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 21:
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The National Art Center, Tokyo ©
The National Art Center, Tokyo
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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