35 days in Japan Itinerary

35 days in Japan Itinerary

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35 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h
2
Tokashiki-son
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Okinawa City
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Fukuoka
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  2​h
6
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
7
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Niseko-cho
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h
10
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Melbourne


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4
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 discover tucked-away gems like Kanda Myojin and Hie Jinjya. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kokyo Gaien National Garden and Omoide Yokocho. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Mt. Takao (in Hachioji) and Showa Kinen Park (in Tachikawa). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Happoen Garden, take a stroll through Asakusa, see the interesting displays at Samurai Museum, and browse the different shops at Shin-Marunouchi Building.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Tokyo trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Expect colder weather when traveling from Melbourne in December: highs in Tokyo hover around 14°C, while lows dip to 4°C. You will leave for Tokashiki-son on the 7th (Sat).

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Showa Kinen Park, Mt. Takao
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 7:
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Kanda Myojin ©
Kanda Myojin
Hie Jinjya ©
Hie Jinjya
Kokyo Gaien National Garden ©
Kokyo Gaien National Garden

4
nights
Tokashiki-son

Tokashiki-son ©
Do some cultural sightseeing at Shunza (Amanjaki) and Kumejima Tsumugino Sato Yuimaru Hall. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hatenohama and Ojima Coast. Get out of town with these interesting Tokashiki-son side-trips: Zamami-son (Chishi Observatory & Kaminohama Observatory).

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Tokashiki-son vacation planning tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tokyo to Tokashiki-son. Traveling from Tokyo in December, you will find days in Tokashiki-son are a bit warmer (24°C), and nights are warmer (19°C). On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Okinawa City.

Things to do in Tokashiki-son

Nature Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Kumejima-cho, Zamami-son, Kerama Islands, Shunza (Amanjaki)
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 11:
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Hatenohama ©
Hatenohama
Kerama Islands ©
Kerama Islands
Shunza (Amanjaki) ©
Shunza (Amanjaki)

1
night
Okinawa City

Okinawa is the second-largest city in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, following Naha, the capital city. On the 11th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Futenmagu.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Okinawa City trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Tokashiki-son to Okinawa City in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Okinawa City

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Futenmagu, Yomitanzanyaki Kitagama, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Yoshinogari Historical Park and then get some fabulous bargains at Tosu Premium Outlets. On the next day, head off the coast to Nokonoshima Island, get engrossed in the history at Fukuoka City Museum, and then let little ones run wild at Ohori Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Fukuoka trip itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Okinawa City to Fukuoka. In December, daily temperatures in Fukuoka can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Tosu Premium Outlets, Yoshinogari Historical Park
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 15:
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Nokonoshima Island ©
Nokonoshima Island
Yoshinogari Historical Park ©
Yoshinogari Historical Park
Fukuoka City Museum ©
Fukuoka City Museum

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): explore the activities along Setonaikai, take a stroll through Kamiyacho, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, and finally explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima driving holiday tool .

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Nature Parks Neighborhoods
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Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum ©
Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum
Kamiyacho ©
Kamiyacho

4
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 Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and Sanzen-in Temple. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kennin-ji Temple and Shimogamo Jinja. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuo (in Ryuo-cho) and Kurokabe Square (in Nagahama). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki), steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, take some stellar pictures from Mt. Kurama, and take a stroll through Pontocho.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip builder website .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Kyoto sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuo, Kurokabe Square, Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 20:
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Sanzen-in Temple ©
Sanzen-in Temple
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Arima Onsen and Koyasan Danjo Garan. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kongobu-ji Temple and Mint Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA (in Ikeda), Nara Park (in Nara) and Koyasan Reihokan Museum (in Koya-cho). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Wakayama Castle, see the interesting displays at Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, take a stroll through Midosuji Street, and stop by Tenjimbashisuji Shopping Street.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planning site .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. In December, daytime highs in Osaka are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Arima Onsen, Nara Park, Rinku Premium Outlets, Wakayama Castle
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:
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Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): buy something for everyone on your list at Stellar Place Sapporo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari Shrine, then stroll through Botanic Garden Hokkaido University, and finally test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Sapporo trip maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Sapporo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. When traveling from Osaka in December, plan for much colder days and slightly colder nights in Sapporo: temperatures range from 0°C by day to -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Niseko-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Shopping Baths Spas
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Stellar Place Sapporo ©
Stellar Place Sapporo
Fushimi Inari Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari Shrine
Thermal Spas

5
nights
Niseko-cho

Niseko-cho ©
Ranking as the most popular ski resort in Hokkaido, mountaintop Niseko-cho boasts great slopes and surprisingly vibrant nightlife.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Bolta Kobo and Michi-no-Eki Meisui no Sato Kyogoku. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shimamu Beach and Rusutsu Resort. Explore Niseko-cho's surroundings by going to Toyako-cho (Toyako Volcano Science Museum, Toya Mizunoeki, & more), Onsen Resorts (in Shiraoi-cho) and Zenkoji Temple (in Date). On the 25th (Wed), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Utasai Beech Forests, stop by Boot Solutions Niseko, make a trip to Cape Chikyu, and ponder the design of Yoteino Wakimizu.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Niseko-cho road trip planner .

You can drive from Sapporo to Niseko-cho in 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Niseko-cho can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Niseko-cho

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Toyako-cho, Muroran, Yoteino Wakimizu, Rusutsu Resort, Michi-no-Eki Meisui no Sato Kyogoku
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 30:
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Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort ©
Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort
Shimamu Beach ©
Shimamu Beach
Toyako Volcano Science Museum ©
Toyako Volcano Science Museum

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nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Visiting Tokyo Dome City and Mt. Takao will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shimokitazawa and Oyama Rice Terraces. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Kamogawa Sea World (in Kamogawa) and Cupnoodles Museum Yokohama (in Yokohama). See some other sides of Tokyo: explore the wide array of goods at Ginza Mitsukoshi, buy something for everyone on your list at Shin-Marunouchi Building, look for gifts at Uniqlo Ginza, and get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo driving holiday planning app .

Explore your travel options from Niseko-cho to Tokyo with the Route module. Traveling from Niseko-cho in December, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 14°C and 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Kamogawa, Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama, Mt. Takao, Lazona Kawasaki Plaza
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 5:
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TOKYO Solamachi ©
TOKYO Solamachi
Oyama Rice Terraces ©
Oyama Rice Terraces
Tokyo Dome City ©
Tokyo Dome City

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