37 days in Japan Itinerary

37 days in Japan Itinerary

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37 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h
2
Tokashiki-son
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Okinawa City
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
5
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train:  2​h
6
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  30​min
7
Osaka
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Sapporo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
9
Niseko-cho
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h
10
Tokyo
— 8 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Tokyo National Museum and National Museum of Western Art. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park) and Marunouchi. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Ginza, don't miss a visit to The Tsukiji Market, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online travel route builder .

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Melbourne in June, things will get much warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 30°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Tokashiki-son.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

4
nights
Tokashiki-son

Tokashiki-son ©
Step off the beaten path and head to Hatenohama and Ojima Coast. Get out of town with these interesting Tokashiki-son side-trips: Kumejima-cho (Kumejima Tsumugino Sato Yuimaru Hall, Majyano Churafukugi, & more).

Planning Tokashiki-son trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from Tokyo to Tokashiki-son with the Route module. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Tokyo in June: high temperatures in Tokashiki-son hover around 34°C and lows are around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Okinawa.

Things to do in Tokashiki-son

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kumejima-cho, Takatsukiyama Observatory Deck
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Hatenohama ©
Hatenohama

2
nights
Okinawa City

Okinawa is the second-largest city in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, following Naha, the capital city. Step off the beaten path and head to Nakijin Castle Remains and Farmer's Market Haisai! Yanbaru Market. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Mt. Iegusuku will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Okinawa: Zanpa Beach (in Yomitan-son) and Busena Beach (in Nago). There's more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Zakimi Castle Ruins and take in the exciting artwork at Yomitanzanyaki Kitagama.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Okinawa trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tokashiki-son to Okinawa. June in Okinawa sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Okinawa City

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Yomitan-son, Nago, Scuba & Snorkeling, Mt. Iegusuku, Nakijin Castle Ruins
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins
Zakimi Castle Ruins ©
Zakimi Castle Ruins

2
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 21st (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakozaki-gu, then revel in the low prices at Tosu Premium Outlets, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Temman-gu. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the waterfront activity at Nijino Matsubara, take an in-depth tour of Fukuoka City Museum, and then let the kids burn off some steam at Ohori Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Fukuoka travel route planner.

Explore your travel options from Okinawa to Fukuoka with the Route module. Traveling from Okinawa in June, expect Fukuoka to be slightly colder, temps between 30°C and 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Dazaifu Tenman-gu, Tosu Premium Outlets, Nijino Matsubara
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Nijino Matsubara ©
Nijino Matsubara
Fukuoka City Museum ©
Fukuoka City Museum
Hakozaki Shrine ©
Hakozaki Shrine

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.
On the 23rd (Sat), head off the coast to Setonaikai, explore the activities along Motoyasu River, then get a taste of the local shopping with Kamiyacho, and finally explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima day trip planning tool .

Getting from Fukuoka to Hiroshima by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and ferry. In June, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Nature Parks Shopping
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Setonaikai ©
Setonaikai
Hiroshima Castle ©
Hiroshima Castle
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuo and Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple. Get some cultural insight at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Arashiyama. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, wander the streets of Gion, shop like a local with Kyoto Station Building, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary tool .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuo, Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
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Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Shimogamo Jinja ©
Shimogamo Jinja

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Osaka Castle and Todai-ji Temple. Get in touch with nature at Nara Park and Arima Onsen. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Kobe (Kawasaki Good Times World & Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum), Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center & Nara National Museum) and Koyasan Reihokan Museum (in Koya-cho). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Shinsaibashi, see the interesting displays at Osaka Takoyaki Museum, get engrossed in the history at Osaka Museum of History, and look for gifts at Tenjimbashisuji Shopping Street.

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

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. In June, daytime highs in Osaka are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Nara, Kobe, Koyasan Reihokan Museum
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Koyasan Reihokan Museum ©
Koyasan Reihokan Museum
Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): make a trip to Clock Tower (Tokei-dai), then take a stroll through Susukino, then ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, and finally test the waters at a local thermal spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hunt for treasures at Sankaku Market and then see the interesting displays at Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sapporo travel itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Osaka to Sapporo in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Osaka in July, with highs in Sapporo at 26°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Niseko-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Historic Sites Baths Shopping

Side Trip

Otaru
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Susukino ©
Susukino
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.
Get outdoors at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place and Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort. Step off the beaten path and head to Noboribetsu Bear Park and Bolta Kobo. Change things up with these side-trips from Niseko-cho: Zenkoji Temple (in Date), Toyako-cho (Toya Mizunoeki & Toyako Volcano Science Museum) and Noboribetsu Date Historic Village (in Noboribetsu). There's more to do: ponder the design of Yoteino Wakimizu.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Niseko-cho trip itinerary planner .

Explore your travel options from Sapporo to Niseko-cho with the Route module. Traveling from Sapporo in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 19°C in Niseko-cho. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Niseko-cho

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Toyako-cho, Noboribetsu, Yoteino Wakimizu, Bolta Kobo, Zenkoji Temple
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Noboribetsu Bear Park ©
Noboribetsu Bear Park
Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort ©
Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort

8
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Take a break from the city and head to Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park) and Hakone Shisseikaen. Popular historic sites such as Tokyo National Museum and The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin) are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Lake Yamanaka (in Yamanakako-mura), Mt. Takao (in Hachioji) and Showa Kinen Park (in Tachikawa). Enjoy Tokyo some more: examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Ghibli Museum, and take a stroll through Asakusa.

For maps and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Niseko-cho to Tokyo with the Route module. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Niseko-cho in July, with highs in Tokyo at 36°C and lows at 27°C. On the 15th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Lake Yamanaka, Tokyo DisneySea, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Showa Kinen Park, Hakone Shisseikaen
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

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