36 days in Japan Itinerary

36 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Sydney
Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
2
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
Onna-son
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Ise
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
7
Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
Bus + Train:  1 h 15 min
8
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
9
Hakuba-mura
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
10
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
11
Kutchan-cho
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: Sydney

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Miyako Shrine. Visit Toguchi no Hama and Aragusuku Beach for some beach relaxation. Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Ikema Ohashi Bridge. There's much more to do: head off the coast to Shimojiiima Island, explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, and take in the views from Irabu Ohashi.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Miyakojima day trip planning website.

Sydney, Australia to Miyakojima is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Miyakojima, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, Miyakojima is slightly colder than Sydney - with highs of 24°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama
Yabiji
Yabiji

3
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
We've included these beaches for you: Kondoi Beach and Yonehara Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Cape Hirakubozaki and Tamatorizaki Observatory. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement, look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, see the interesting displays at Satake Yaeyama Palm Trees Museum, and take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Ishigaki trip planning website.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Island Countryside Settlement
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 30:
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

3
nights
Onna-son

Onna-son ©
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
You'll explore and learn at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum and Himeyuri Peace Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nakijin Castle Ruins and The Tower of Himeyuri. Get out of town with these interesting Onna-son side-trips: St. Clara Church (in Yonabaru-cho), Sefa-Utaki (in Nanjo) and Okinawa Peace Memorial Park (in Itoman). Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get a taste of the local shopping with Onna Station Nakayukui Market, step into the grandiose world of Zakimi Castle Ruins, and get to know the fascinating history of Shurijo Castle.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Onna-son trip builder app.

Getting from Ishigaki to Onna-son by flight takes about 5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 13°C in Onna-son. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Itoman, Naha, St. Clara Church, Sefa-Utaki, Nakijin Castle Ruins
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 2:
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The Tower of Himeyuri ©
The Tower of Himeyuri
Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Itsukushima Shrine Torii and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Daishoin Temple, &more) and Yamato Museum (in Kure). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Mazda Museum, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Onna-son to Hiroshima takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. In February, Hiroshima is slightly colder than Onna-son - with highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Yamato Museum, Mazda Museum
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 5:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Koyasan Okunoin and Koyasan Danjo Garan. Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Hankyu Umeda Honten (in Osaka), Dotombori (Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori & Dotombori District) and Koya-cho (Saito & Eko-in Temple). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, wander the streets of Gion, and make a trip to Nijo Castle.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip maker.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in February, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Ise.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Koya-cho
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 9:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

2
nights
Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
On the 10th (Wed), appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine, examine the collection at Okageza, make a trip to Oharai-machi, thenget engrossed in the history at Sengukan, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine. On the next day, buy something for everyone on your list at Ise Meotoiwa Interactive Aquarium (Ise Sea Paradise), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Futami Okitama Shrine, thenget up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Toba Aquarium, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiyominomiya.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Ise travel planning tool.

You can drive from Kyoto to Ise in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kyoto in February, expect a bit warmer with lows of 7°C in Ise. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Toba Aquarium
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Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine
Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Tsukiyominomiya ©
Tsukiyominomiya

4
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Take a break from the city and head to Pola Museum of Art and Dogashima Tensodo Cave. Relax by the water at Tatadohama Beach and Shirahama Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Hakone-machi side-trips: Kinomiya Shrine (in Atami), Mount Nesugatayama Observatory (in Shimoda) and Mount Omuro (in Ito). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Fuji, get engrossed in the history at Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, and explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hakone-machi online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ise to Hakone-machi in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or fly. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Ise in February, with highs in Hakone-machi at 5°C and lows at 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Shimoda, Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja, Dogashima Tensodo Cave, Kinomiya Shrine
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 15:
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Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu
Tatadohama Beach ©
Tatadohama Beach
Shirahama Beach ©
Shirahama Beach

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.
Get some cultural insight at Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Shop till you drop at Ginza and Asakusa. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Ghibli Museum Mitaka in Mitaka, about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: visit Odaiba District, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and take a stroll through Takeshita Street.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo sightseeing planning app.

Getting from Hakone-machi to Tokyo by combination of bus and train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 12°C to lows of 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Yokohama Minato Mirai 21, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 19:
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Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 ©
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): head outdoors with Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden, wander the streets of Hakuba, thenfly down the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, thenget outside with Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, and finally fly down the slopes at Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Hakuba Iwatake Mountain Resort, thenfly down the slopes at Togakushi Ski Area, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Jinja Hokosha.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hakuba-mura planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Hakuba-mura in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Tokyo in February, things will get a bit cooler in Hakuba-mura: highs are around 4°C and lows about -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Nagano, Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 21:
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Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden ©
Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Hakuba ©
Hakuba

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Popular historic sites such as Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple and The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses are in your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Oyama Shrine and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway. Venture out of the city with trips to Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama), Maruoka Castle (in Sakai) and Sairin-ji Temple (in Hakusan). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, see the interesting displays at Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, and take a stroll through Gokayama.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hakuba-mura to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In February in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Maruoka Castle
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 24:
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Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum

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nights
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Explore hidden gems such as Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place and Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area. Escape the urban bustle at Rusutsu Resort Ski and Niseko Hanazono Resort.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kutchan-cho road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Kanazawa to Kutchan-cho takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kanazawa in February, expect Kutchan-cho to be a bit cooler, temps between -1°C and -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area, Rusutsu Resort Ski
Find places to stay Feb 24 — 28:
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Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort
Niseko Mountain Resort  Grand Hirafu Ski Place ©
Rusutsu Resort Ski ©
Rusutsu Resort Ski

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