40 days in Japan Itinerary

40 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Nikko
— 2 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yamaguchi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
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10
Miyazaki
— 2 nights
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11
Ibusuki
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 11 nights
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Tokyo — 5 nights

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Sky Garden and Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo Garden. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Yokohama to see Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal about 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of University of Tokyo, take a stroll through Ueno District, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and don't miss a visit to Akasaka Palace (State Guesthouse).

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo tour itinerary website.

Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Brisbane in December: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 14°C and lows are around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nikko.
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Find places to stay Dec 2 — 7:

Nikko — 2 nights

A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
On the 8th (Thu), snap pictures at Shinkyo Bridge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, and finally indulge your taste buds at Katayama Shuzo. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Matsugamine Catholic Church, take an in-depth tour of Kanaya Hotel History House, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yakushido.

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Traveling by car from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Nikko, ranging from highs of 11°C to lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Hakone-machi.
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Find places to stay Dec 7 — 9:

Hakone-machi — 2 nights

Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Daiyuzan Saijoji Temple (Doryoson), then contemplate the long history of Kiunkaku, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ishigakiyama Ichiya Castle Historic Park. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashinoko, and then get to know the fascinating history of Gempeigawa River.

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You can drive from Nikko to Hakone-machi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train, subway, and bus. December in Hakone-machi sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:

Kyoto — 5 nights

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 Jojakkoji Temple and Suiro kaku. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, appreciate the extensive heritage of Katsura Imperial Villa, make a trip to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Kyoto online trip maker.

You can fly from Hakone-machi to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. When traveling from Hakone-machi in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Nara.
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Find places to stay Dec 11 — 16:

Nara — 2 nights

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 17th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yakushi-ji Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Joruri Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Horyu-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and then walk around Nara Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Nara trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Nara by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In December in Nara, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Osaka.
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Find places to stay Dec 16 — 18:

Osaka — 2 nights

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.
On the 19th (Mon), stroll around Expo '70 Commemorative Park, stroll around Minoo Park, and then stroll around Nakanoshima Park. Here are some ideas for day two: ponder the world of politics at Mint Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Osaka journey planner.

Drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daytime highs in Osaka are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.
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Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:

Hiroshima — 2 nights

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 21st (Wed): explore the activities along Motoyasu River, take in the views from Aioi Bridge, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Shishiiwa Tenbodai. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound, then appreciate the history behind Peace Flame, then make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally appreciate the history behind Peace Bell.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima holiday maker app.

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Yamaguchi.
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Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:

Yamaguchi — 2 nights

Located at the center of Yamaguchi Prefecture, the regional capital of Yamaguchi is renowned for its temples and shrines.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): get outside with Ishin One Hundres Year Memeorial Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yamaguchi Xavier Memorial Church, and then don't miss a visit to Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Yamaguchi day trip planning website.

You can drive from Hiroshima to Yamaguchi in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.
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Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:

Takachiho-cho — 2 nights

The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): get impressive views of Mt. Aso, make a trip to Kamishikimi Kumanoimasu Shrine, and then stroll around Tsukimawari Park. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, then take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, and then take in the pleasant sights at Takachihokyo Passage.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Takachiho-cho trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Yamaguchi to Takachiho-cho by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Miyazaki.
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Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:

Miyazaki — 2 nights

Enjoying some of the warmest weather on Japan's main islands, Miyazaki thrived as a resort town in the 1980s, with hotels, beaches, and seafood restaurants galore.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Florante Miyazaki, then don't miss a visit to Eda Shrine, and then make a trip to Nishitachi. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Aoshima Island, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Aoshima Shrine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Udo Shrine.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Miyazaki day trip site.

You can drive from Takachiho-cho to Miyazaki in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Takachiho-cho in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Miyazaki, with highs around 16°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to drive to Ibusuki.
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Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:

Ibusuki — 2 nights

A coastal place of relaxation, Ibusuki stands as a hot spring resort on the southern tip of the peninsula.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mt. Kaimondake and Onsen Resorts. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ibusuki: Minamikyushu (Sebira Park, Bandokorobana Park, &more). The adventure continues: get great views at Cape Nagasakibana, take a memorable drive along JR Southernmost Nishioyama Station, see the interesting displays at Satsuma Denshokan, and stop by Michi-no-Eki Iokaido.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Ibusuki day trip website.

You can drive from Miyazaki to Ibusuki in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Miyazaki in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Ibusuki, with lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Tokyo.
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Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

Tokyo — 11 nights

Explore hidden gems such as Yomiuri Land and Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park). Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Japan Coast Guard Museum Yokohama (in Yokohama), Yokohama Landmark Tower (in Minatomirai) and Mt. Takao (in Hachioji). Have a day of magic on the 3rd (Tue) at Tokyo Disneyland. See some other sides of Tokyo: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fukagawa Fudodo, see the interesting displays at Nissan Crossing, contemplate the long history of Kitanomaru Park, and browse the exhibits of Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo tour builder app.

Getting from Ibusuki to Tokyo by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Ibusuki in December, with lows around 4°C. On the 10th (Tue), you're off to home.
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Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 10:

Japan travel guide

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Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.
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Kyushu travel guide

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Enthusiastic shutterbugs and lovers of all things picturesque often choose to tour Kyushu-Okinawa on one of the island's epic train trips, leading through a landscape shaped by thousands of years of volcanic activity. With mild winters, warm summers, and plenty of developed beaches, the region offers a wealth of marine sports and recreation. Those with relaxation on their mind take a vacation in Kyushu-Okinawa for a chance to explore some of Japan's finest onsens, in which pristine nature meets modern amenities for an unforgettable tourist experience.
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