34 days in Japan & Hong Kong Itinerary

34 days in Japan & Hong Kong Itinerary

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34 days in Japan & Hong Kong Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Japan
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Kanazawa, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Hiroshima, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
6
Nagasaki, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
7
Hong Kong, China
— 9 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Sydney, Australia

5
nights
Tokyo, Japan

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 to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Odaiba, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in November, expect Tokyo to be little chillier, temps between 19°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 18:
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

4
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Japan

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck (in Yamanakako-mura), Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine (in Fujinomiya) and Matsumoto Castle (in Matsumoto). The adventure continues: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi, explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and see the interesting displays at Ikeda museum of 20th century art.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in November, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck, Matsumoto Castle, Mount Fuji
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

4
nights
Kanazawa, Japan

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Takayama (Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, & more) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, & more). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, and step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Kanazawa in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in November, expect nights in Kanazawa to be a bit cooler, around 8°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

5
nights
Kyoto, Japan

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: Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana), Osaka Castle (in Osaka) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Rakusai Chikurin Park, wander the streets of Gion, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip builder site .

Take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. November in Kyoto sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Todai-ji Temple
Find places to stay Nov 26 — Dec 1:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

4
nights
Hiroshima, Japan

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: Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima) and Ohara Museum of Art (in Kurashiki). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, and don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima day trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kosanji Temple, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Ohara Museum of Art
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 5:
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Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

2
nights
Nagasaki, Japan

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Catholic Church Hongouchi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sofukuji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, then take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nagasaki Peace Park, and finally stroll around Nagao Castle Park. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck, take in panoramic vistas at Inasayama Observation Deck, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, then examine the collection at Nagasaki Shipyard Museum, and finally head off the coast to Hashima Island.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Nagasaki route planning site .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Nagasaki are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Nagao Castle Park
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

9
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Hong Kong is known for shopping, theme parks, parks, nature, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Hong Kong Disneyland, stroll around Nan Lian Garden, make a trip to Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, and enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak).

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hong Kong trip builder tool .

You can fly from Nagasaki to Hong Kong in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Japan Standard Time to Hong Kong Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Nagasaki in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Hong Kong: highs are around 24°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Ocean Park ©
Ocean Park

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