35 days in Japan Itinerary

35 days in Japan Itinerary

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1
Tokyo
— 1 night
2
Hakuba-mura
— 7 nights
3
Tokyo
— 6 nights
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
6
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
7
Osaka
— 6 nights
8
Tokyo
— 3 nights

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Nezu Museum, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, admire the masterpieces at Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, then wander the streets of Ueno District, and finally steep yourself in history at Toshogu Shrine.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip builder app.

Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Brisbane in December, things will get cooler in Tokyo: highs are around 14°C and lows about 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
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Nezu Museum ©
Nezu Museum
Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum ©
Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum ©
Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum

7
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort and Hakuba. Let the collections at Takeya Goten and Hakuba Olympic Museum capture your imagination. Explore Hakuba-mura's surroundings by going to Suginohara (in Myoko), Otari-mura (Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort, Hakubaoike, &more) and Kosan-ji Temple (in Ogawa-mura). And it doesn't end there: hit the slopes at Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden, head outdoors with Hakuba Sanosaka Ski Resort, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Anrakuji Temple, and stroll through Shiga Kogen.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hakuba-mura travel route app.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Hakuba-mura takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in December, expect Hakuba-mura to be slightly colder, temps between 7°C and 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Ueda, Yamanouchi-machi, Otari-mura, Nagano, Suginohara
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 30:
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Hakuba ©
Hakuba
Tsugaike Natural Park ©
Tsugaike Natural Park
Anrakuji Temple ©
Anrakuji Temple

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Step off the beaten path and head to Kiunkaku and Kencho-ji Temple. Museum-lovers will appreciate Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum and National Museum of Western Art. Venture out of the city with trips to National Museum of Japanese History (in Sakura), Saitama (Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, Saitama & Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine) and Atami (Seiko Sawada Memorial Museum, Izusan Jinja Shrine, &more). See even more of Tokyo: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), contemplate the long history of Hozomon, admire the masterpieces at Mori Art Museum, and take a stroll through Ueno District.

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You can drive from Hakuba-mura to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Hakuba-mura - with highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kamakura, Atami, Katori, Saitama, National Museum of Japanese History
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 5:
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

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.
Visit Jojakkoji Temple and Shimogamo Jinja for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tsukiyominomiya and Sarutahiko Shrine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Ise (Oharai-machi & Sarume Shrine). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamigamo Shrine.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ise
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:
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Jojakkoji Temple ©
Jojakkoji Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Mazda Museum and Senjokaku. Take a break from the city and head to Miyajima and Misen Wild Woods. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Imaise Shrine, Daishoin Temple, &more). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Peace Flame, pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and head outdoors with Paddle Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima road trip tool.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Mazda Museum
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:
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Miyajima
Miyajima
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple

3
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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.
Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Yutoku Inari Shrine and Urakami Cathedral. When in Nagasaki, make a side trip to see The Kyushu Ceramic Museum in Arita-cho, approximately Arita-cho away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Suwa Shrine, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Shitsu Church, get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture, and examine the collection at Nagasaki Shipyard Museum.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki trip planner.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Yutoku Inari Shrine, The Kyushu Ceramic Museum
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:
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Yutoku Inari Shrine ©
Yutoku Inari Shrine
Suwa Shrine ©
Suwa Shrine

6
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Horyu-ji Temple and Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine. Museum-lovers will appreciate Koyasan Reihokan Museum and Nara National Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nara (Mt. Wakakusa, Nigatsu-do Temple, &more), Koya-cho (Mt. Koya, Kongobu-ji Temple, &more) and Himeji (Himeji CityMuseum of Art, Himeji Castle, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, take an in-depth tour of Kobe City Museum (Kobe Shiritsu Hakubutsukan), make a trip to Hozenji Yokocho, and soak in some Japanese tradition at Arima Onsen.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka online travel planner.

Fly from Nagasaki to Osaka in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Nagasaki in January since evenings lows in Osaka dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Nara, Kobe, Koya-cho, Himeji, Sakurai
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 20:
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Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): explore the engaging exhibits at KidZania Tokyo, then examine the collection at Subway Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shibamata Taishakuten (Taishakuten Daikyoji Temple), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suehiro Shrine. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center, explore the world behind art at Ota Memorial Museum of Art, then admire the masterpieces at The National Art Center, Tokyo, then contemplate the long history of Sengaku-ji Temple, and finally enjoy some diversion at teamLab☆Planets.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip maker website.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. On the 23rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 23:
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KidZania Tokyo ©
KidZania Tokyo
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
teamLab☆Planets ©
teamLab☆Planets

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