33 days in Japan Itinerary

33 days in Japan Itinerary

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33 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Vienna
Fly:  16 h 45 min
1
Sapporo
— 4 nights
Train:  45 min
2
Otaru
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Furano
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  5 h 30 min
4
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Nagoya
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
6
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
7
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
8
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
9
Naha
— 7 nights
Fly:  18 h 15 min
End: Vienna

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Rusutsu Resort Ski and Sapporo Clock Tower. Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari Shrine and Former Hokkaido Government Office Building. Go for a jaunt from Sapporo to Chitose to see Chitose Outlet Mall Rera about 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Hokkaido University Museum, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, test the waters at a local thermal spa, and sample the tasty concoctions at Asahi Breweries Hokkaido Brewery.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Sapporo tour itinerary maker.

Vienna, Austria to Sapporo is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 8 hours. While traveling from Vienna, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Sapporo, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Otaru.

Things to do in Sapporo

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Chitose Outlet Mall Rera, Rusutsu Resort Ski
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Rusutsu Resort Ski ©
Rusutsu Resort Ski
Fushimi Inari Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari Shrine
Thermal Spas

1
night
Otaru

Otaru ©
The port city of Otaru has long attracted domestic visitors, drawn in by the city's many historic buildings, and has started to garner international attention, too.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Shioya Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Otamoi Beach, make a trip to Otaru Joyato, look for gifts at Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building, then hunt for treasures at Sankaku Market, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Tomioka Catholic Church.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Otaru attractions planner.

Getting from Sapporo to Otaru by train takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Furano.

Things to do in Otaru

Shopping Outdoors Parks
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Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building ©
Sankaku Market ©
Sankaku Market

2
nights
Furano

Furano ©
Situated in the center of the island, Furano has become known for its idyllic rural landscape, and the drastic changes it experiences as seasons shift.
On the 6th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Kita no Kunikara Museum, do a tasting at Furano Wine Factory, stroll around Furano Budogaoka Park, don't miss a visit to Ningle Terrace, then hit the slopes at Furano Ski Resort, and finally examine the collection at Furabi. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Shirakaba Road, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, stop by Rokugo no Mori, then look for gifts at Anpanman Shop Furano, and finally stop by Glass Forest in FURANO.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Furano trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Otaru to Furano in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Furano

Museums Wineries Outdoors

Side Trips

Shirakaba Road, Onsen Resorts
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Furano Wine Factory ©
Furano Wine Factory
Furano Ski Resort ©
Furano Ski Resort
Ningle Terrace ©
Ningle Terrace

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Shirako Beach and Hitotsumatsu Beach. Nezu Shrine and Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center will appeal to history buffs. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Mitsumine Shrine (in Chichibu), Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine (in Omiya) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Fuji). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, contemplate the long history of Sengaku-ji Temple, stop by Kagurazaka, and make a trip to Naritasan Omote Sando.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo attractions app .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Furano to Tokyo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In July, Tokyo is a bit warmer than Furano - with highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nature & Wildlife Tours, Shirasato Central Beach, Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine, Mitsumine Shrine, Tsutsugaura Beach
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Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine ©
Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

2
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, browse the different shops at Shopping Avenue Esca, buy something for everyone on your list at JR Central Towers, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, then visit Sakae, and finally see the interesting displays at Nagoya Shisei Shiryokan. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Nagoya Castle, contemplate the waterfront views at Yamazaki River, then get to know the fascinating history of Arimatsu no Machinami, then take an in-depth tour of Little World, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kokeizan Eihoji Temple.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagoya trip planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Nagoya in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In July, daytime highs in Nagoya are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Kokeizan Eihoji Temple, Little World
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Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Sakae
Sakae

3
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 Kinkaku-ji and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. Your inner history buff will appreciate Nijo Castle and Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki). Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Uji to see Mimurotoji Temple about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanzen-in Temple, steep yourself in history at Kifune Shrine, shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District, and take a stroll through Gion.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Kyoto using our trip planner.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in July, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 37°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Mimurotoji Temple
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Sanzen-in Temple ©
Sanzen-in Temple

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): appreciate the views at Arima Onsen, then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then head outdoors with Osaka Fureai no Mizube, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Hankyu Umeda Honten. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Horyu-ji Temple, then steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho, and finally stop by Dotonbori.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka sightseeing planner.

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Arima Onsen, Horyu-ji Temple
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Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine

2
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Yoshinogari Historical Park and Miyajidake Shrine. Shop till you drop at Hakata Doll Shop Shogetsudo and Tenjin Underground Shopping Center. Step out of Fukuoka with an excursion to Nanzoin in Sasaguri-machi--about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Fukuoka City Museum, steep yourself in history at Fukuoka Castle Ruins, take in nature's colorful creations at Uminonakamichi Seaside Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kashii-gu.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Fukuoka attractions planning site .

Getting from Osaka to Fukuoka by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Yoshinogari Historical Park, Nanzoin, Miyajidake Shrine
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Atago Jinja Shrine ©
Atago Jinja Shrine
Nanzoin ©
Nanzoin
Yoshinogari Historical Park ©
Yoshinogari Historical Park

7
nights
Naha

Naha ©
Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Shop till you drop at AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM and Umichurara. Get some cultural insight at Okinawa Peace Memorial Park and Nakijin Castle Ruins. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naha: Katsuren Castle Ruins (in Uruma), Kayaking & Canoeing (in Kadena-cho) and Nakagusuku Castle Ruins (in Kitanakagusuku-son). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Ama Beach, get outside with Nirai Beach, stroll around Toyosaki Kaihin Koen, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see reviews, photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Naha trip maker tool .

Getting from Fukuoka to Naha by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Naha

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Zamami-son, Tokashiki-son, Itoman, Onna-son, Kitanakagusuku-son
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Ama Beach ©
Ama Beach
Aharen Beach ©
Aharen Beach
Furuzamami Beach ©
Furuzamami Beach

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