37 days in Japan Itinerary

37 days in Japan Itinerary

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37 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h
2
Tokashiki-son
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Okinawa City
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
5
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 45​min
6
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  30​min
7
Osaka
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Sapporo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Niseko-cho
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h
10
Tokyo
— 8 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​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.
Tokyo National Museum and National Museum of Western Art will appeal to museum buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park) and Kagurazaka. The adventure continues: look for gifts at The Tsukiji Market, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, take a stroll through Odaiba, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo tour planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and train. Traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Melbourne in December: highs in Tokyo hover around 14°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Tokashiki-son.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 18:
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

4
nights
Tokashiki-son

Tokashiki-son ©
Get in touch with nature at Hatenohama and Ojima Coast. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tonbara and Shunza (Amanjaki). Explore Tokashiki-son's surroundings by going to Kumejima-cho (Kumejima Tsumugino Sato Yuimaru Hall & Majyano Churafukugi).

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tokashiki-son online itinerary creator.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tokyo to Tokashiki-son. When traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Tokashiki-son: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Okinawa.

Things to do in Tokashiki-son

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kumejima-cho, Takatsukiyama Observatory Deck, Shunza (Amanjaki)
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Hatenohama ©
Hatenohama
Shunza (Amanjaki) ©
Shunza (Amanjaki)

2
nights
Okinawa City

Okinawa City ©
Okinawa is the second-largest city in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, following Naha, the capital city. Nakijin Castle Remains and Zakimi Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Zanpa Beach will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Nago (Farmer's Market Haisai! Yanbaru Market & Busena Beach) and Mt. Iegusuku (in Ie-son). The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Yomitanzanyaki Kitagama.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Okinawa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tokashiki-son to Okinawa takes 3 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Okinawa can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Okinawa City

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Yomitan-son, Nago, Nakijin Castle Ruins, Scuba & Snorkeling, Mt. Iegusuku
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:
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Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins
Scuba & Snorkeling
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.
On the 25th (Mon), browse the range of quality goods at Hakata Hankyu, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakozakigu, then get some fabulous bargains at Tosu Premium Outlets, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Tenman-gū. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the waterfront activity at Nijino Matsubara, then get engrossed in the history at Fukuoka City Museum, and then enjoy some diversion at Ohori Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Fukuoka trip builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Okinawa to Fukuoka. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Okinawa in December: highs in Fukuoka hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Dazaifu Tenman-gu, Tosu Premium Outlets, Nijino Matsubara
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): head off the coast to Setonaikai, explore the activities along Motoyasugawa River, then get a taste of the local shopping with Kamiyacho, and finally step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima custom trip planner.

Traveling by train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Kiyomizu-dera and Shimogamo Jinja are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple. Step out of Kyoto to go to Ryuo-cho and see Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuo, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, get outside with Arashiyama, buy something for everyone on your list at Kyoto Station Building, and don't miss a visit to Gion.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kyoto itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuo
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
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.
Visiting Nara Park and Arima Onsen will get you outdoors. Visit Osaka Castle and Tōdai-ji for their historical value. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Kobe (Kawasaki Good Times World & Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum), Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center & Nara National Museum) and Koyasan Reihokan Museum (in Koya-cho). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Shinsaibashi, see the interesting displays at Osaka Takoyaki Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Tenjimbashisuji Shopping Street, and take an in-depth tour of Osaka Museum of History.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip itinerary builder.

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. In December in Osaka, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Nara, Kobe, Koyasan Reihokan Museum
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 4:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, take a stroll through Susukino, then make a trip to Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at Sankaku Market and then examine the collection at Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sapporo travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Osaka to Sapporo by combination of train and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Osaka in January, expect nights in Sapporo to be little chillier, around -7°C, while days are much colder, around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Niseko-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Historic Sites Baths Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Otaru
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Noboribetsu Bear Park and Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort. Explore hidden gems such as Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place and Toyako Volcano Science Museum. Explore Niseko-cho's surroundings by going to Noboribetsu Date Historic Village (in Noboribetsu), Toya Mizunoeki (in Toyako-cho) and Zenkō-ji Temple (in Date). There's more to do: stop by Bolta Kobo and ponder the design of Yoteino Wakimizu.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Niseko-cho trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Sapporo to Niseko-cho in 2 hours. January in Niseko-cho sees daily highs of -3°C and lows of -7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Niseko-cho

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Noboribetsu, Toyako-cho, Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place, Zenkoji Temple, Bolta Kobo
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort ©
Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort
Zenkoji Temple ©
Zenkoji Temple

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nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Escape the urban bustle at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park) and Mt. Takao. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tokyo National Museum and Imperial Palace. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Lake Yamanaka (in Yamanakako-mura), Hakone Shisseikaen (in Hakone-machi) and Showa Kinen Park (in Tachikawa). See some other sides of Tokyo: see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, wander the streets of Harajuku Takeshita-dori, step into the grandiose world of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary builder.

Explore your travel options from Niseko-cho to Tokyo with the Route module. When traveling from Niseko-cho in January, plan for much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Tokyo DisneySea, Showa Kinen Park, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Hakone Shisseikaen, Lake Yamanaka
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Yamanaka ©
Lake Yamanaka
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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