39 days in Japan Itinerary

39 days in Japan Itinerary

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39 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Proserpine
Fly + Drive:  23​h 15​min
1
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
4
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  45​min
5
Himeji
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
6
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  4​h
7
Naha
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
8
Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Proserpine

4
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hakone-machi (The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Owaku-dani Valley, & more), Mt. Mano (in Shizuoka) and Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine (in Fujinomiya). The adventure continues: stroll through Mount Fuji, explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, get great views at Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck, and examine the collection at Ikeda museum of 20th century art.

Before you visit Fujikawaguchiko-machi, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Proserpine, Australia to Fujikawaguchiko-machi is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Proserpine in January, with highs in Fujikawaguchiko-machi at 5°C and lows at 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Mount Fuji, Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck, Ikeda museum of 20th century art, Mt. Mano
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 13:
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi

5
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 30 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and get in on the family fun at Tokyo Disneyland.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Tokyo using our trip planner.

Getting from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in January: highs in Tokyo hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 18:
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

5
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Takayama (Takayama Jinya, Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), & more), Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha (in Hida) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, & more). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, and contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip app .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in January, you will find days in Kanazawa are a bit cooler (7°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Sairin-ji Temple, Ski Jam Katsuyama, Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 23:
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

5
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 find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana) and Osaka (Osaka Castle & Dotonbori). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and don't miss a visit to Arashiyama.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 28:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

4
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Venture out of the city with trips to Shikoku Mura Village (in Takamatsu), Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama) and Kunimi no Mori Park (in Shiso). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, examine the collection at Japanese Rural Toy Museum, take some stellar pictures from Tottori Sand Dunes, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Himeji day trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Himeji are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kurashiki, Shikoku Mura Village, Tottori Sand Dunes, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Mt. Takamikura
Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 1:
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Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima & Itsukushima Shrine) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip planning website .

Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 4:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

5
nights
Naha

Naha ©
Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Explore Naha's surroundings by going to Nakijin-son (Aiai Farm, Kouri Ohashi, & more), Sefa-Utaki (in Nanjo) and Motobu-cho (Tropical Dream Center, Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, & more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, have some family-friendly fun at Ryuso Studio Chura Bijin, pause for some photo ops at Heiwa no Ishiji, and make a trip to Makishi Public Market.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Naha trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Naha takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Hiroshima in February, expect nights in Naha to be much warmer, around 18°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Nakijin-son, Onna-son, Haebaru Town Museum, Tomori no Ishibori Ufujishi
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 9:
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Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Kokusaidori ©
Kokusaidori

5
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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, take in the awesome beauty at Nosoko Mape, stroll around Kabira Park, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki holiday maker website .

Fly from Naha to Ishigaki in 3 hours. February in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 14:
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

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