34 days in Japan Itinerary

34 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Osaka
— 4 nights
2
Nara
— 4 nights
3
Kyoto
— 5 nights
4
Okayama
— 4 nights
5
Imabari
— 4 nights
6
Hiraizumi-cho
— 1 night
7
Tsuruoka
— 1 night
8
Hirosaki
— 1 night
9
Towada
— 1 night
10
Tokyo
— 8 nights


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4
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.
Koyasan Okunoin and Himeji Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kongobu-ji Temple and Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Koya-cho (Jokiin, Koyasan Danjo Garan, &more), Wakayama (Kamayama Shrine, Kimiidera Temple, &more) and Nakagoto Shrine (in Kainan). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Dotombori District, don't miss a visit to Hozenji Yokocho, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en.

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Brisbane, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Osaka is minus 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Brisbane in November: high temperatures in Osaka hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Himeji, Wakayama, Nakagoto Shrine
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 22:
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Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

4
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Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Horyu-ji Temple and Toshodai-ji Temple. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hase-dera Temple and Nigatsu-do Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Omiwa Shrine (in Sakurai), Kashihara Jingu (in Kashihara) and Byodoin (in Uji). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Wakakusa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, and admire the natural beauty at Isuien Garden.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Nara tour planning app.

You can drive from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Nara can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Ise, Sakurai, Kashihara Jingu, Horyu-ji Temple, Byodoin
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 26:
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Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Byodoin ©
Byodoin

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tenryuji Temple and Nanzen-ji Temple. Tofuku-ji Temple and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Hikone (Chiyo Shrine, Hikone Castle, &more) and Ise (Sarume Shrine, Sarutahiko Shrine, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Ishibe Alley, and make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Okayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hikone, Ise
Find places to stay Nov 26 — Dec 1:
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Gio-ji Temple ©
Gio-ji Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

4
nights
Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kotohira-gu and Bitchu Matsuyama Castle. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Zentsu-ji Temple and Okayama Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Okayama side-trips: Tonosho-cho (Rokujian, Shodoshima Reijo Sohonin Temple, &more), Shiramine Shrine (in Kotohira-cho) and Zentsuji (Kagawa Gokoku Shrine & Koyama Temple). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Teshima Art Museum, steep yourself in history at Takahashi City Old Samurai Residences, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kibitsu Shrine, and explore the historical opulence of Tsuyama Castle (Kakuzan Park).

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Okayama tour app.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Okayama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Imabari.

Things to do in Okayama

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Tonosho-cho, Tsuyama, Takahashi, Zentsuji, Kotohira-cho
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 5:
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Kotohira-gu ©
Kotohira-gu
Bitchu Matsuyama Castle ©
Bitchu Matsuyama Castle
Zentsu-ji Temple ©
Zentsu-ji Temple

4
nights
Imabari

Imabari ©
The city of Imabari encompasses several islands in Japan's inland sea, and due to this strategic location it changed hands regularly during the feudal era.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kochi Castle and Itsukushima Shrine Torii. Get a sense of the local culture at Daishoin Temple and Miyajima. Get out of town with these interesting Imabari side-trips: Kochi (Sakamoto Tomb, Hirome Ichiba, &more), Senjokaku (in Hatsukaichi) and Ozu (The Ruins of Residence of Toju Nakae - Shitoku Do, Ozu Castle, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oyamazumi Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Murakami Suigun Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Mt. Kiro Observatory Park, and explore the world behind art at Omishima Museum of Art.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Imabari online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Okayama to Imabari takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Okayama in December, Imabari is somewhat warmer at night with lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hiraizumi-cho.

Things to do in Imabari

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kochi, Hatsukaichi, Ozu
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 9:
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Kochi Castle ©
Kochi Castle
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii

1
night
Hiraizumi-cho

Hiraizumi-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Takkoku no Iwaya, thensteep yourself in history at Motsu-ji Temple, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Chuson-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuson-ji Konjiki-do.

Plan trip to Hiraizumi-cho with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Imabari to Hiraizumi-cho. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Imabari in December; daily highs in Hiraizumi-cho reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Tsuruoka.

Things to do in Hiraizumi-cho

Historic Sites
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Takkoku no Iwaya ©
Takkoku no Iwaya
Chuson-ji Temple ©
Chuson-ji Temple
Chuson-ji Konjiki-do ©
Chuson-ji Konjiki-do

1
night
Tsuruoka

Tsuruoka ©
Tsuruoka, famous for its scenic surroundings, attracts tourists due to its proximity to the Dewa Sanzan, sacred mountains revered by the Shugendo religion.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium, thenget to know the fascinating history of Mt.Haguro- Cedat Trees along the Approach, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Haguro, and finally contemplate the long history of Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tsuruoka vacation maker.

You can drive from Hiraizumi-cho to Tsuruoka in 3.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Tsuruoka are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 11:
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Mt. Haguro ©
Mt. Haguro
Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda ©
Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda
Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium ©
Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium

1
night
Hirosaki

Hirosaki ©
A center of political power during the feudal era, Hirosaki today stands as a hub of culture and history in the north of the island.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): walk around Hirosaki Apple Park, walk around Hirosaki Park, step into the grandiose world of Hirosaki Castle, thenadmire the natural beauty at Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Iwakiyama Shrine.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Hirosaki trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Tsuruoka to Hirosaki in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tsuruoka in December: high temperatures in Hirosaki hover around °C and lows are around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Towada.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 12:
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Hirosaki Castle ©
Hirosaki Castle
Iwakiyama Shrine ©
Iwakiyama Shrine
Hirosaki Park ©
Hirosaki Park

1
night
Towada

Towada ©
Tucked away among the foothills of the Hakkoda mountain range, Towada tourism revolves around its eponymous lake and the surrounding national park.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Towada Shrine, thenexplore the activities along Oirase Mountain Stream, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Choshi Otaki Waterfall, and finally explore the world behind art at Towada Art Center.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Towada online tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Hirosaki to Towada takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. December in Towada sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Towada

Parks Nature Museums
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 13:
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Oirase Mountain Stream ©
Oirase Mountain Stream
Choshi Otaki Waterfall ©
Choshi Otaki Waterfall
Towada Shrine ©
Towada Shrine

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kencho-ji Temple and Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple. Discover out-of-the-way places like Pola Museum of Art and Hase-dera Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Yokohama (Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal & Kishamichi Promenade), Hakone-machi (Hakone Museum of Art & Onshi Hakone Park) and Gotemba Premium Outlets (in Gotemba). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiunkaku, take a stroll through Yokohama Minato Mirai 21, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Kokyo Gaien National Garden.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo travel planner.

You can fly from Towada to Tokyo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In December, Tokyo is a bit warmer than Towada - with highs of °C and lows of °C. On the 21st (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kamakura, Yokohama, Narita, Atami, Hakone-machi
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 21:
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Hakone Museum of Art ©
Hakone Museum of Art
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

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