35 days in Japan Itinerary

35 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Sapporo
— 3 nights
2
Shimukappu-mura
— 1 night
3
Noboribetsu
— 1 night
4
Hakodate
— 2 nights
5
Oishida-machi
— 4 nights
6
Tokyo
— 2 nights
7
Nagoya
— 2 nights
8
Kyoto
— 1 night
9
Kitakyushu
— 2 nights
10
Hiroshima
— Few hours
11
Osaka
— 4 nights
12
Tokyo
— 2 nights
13
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
14
Kawaguchi
— 2 nights
15
Tokyo
— 4 nights
16
Otaru
— 3 nights

3
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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 17th (Sat): walk around Odori Park. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), see the interesting displays at Minapa, thentake in panoramic vistas at Sapporo TV Tower, thendon't miss a visit to Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38, and finally examine the collection at Sapporo Beer Museum.

To find reviews and other tourist information, read Sapporo online road trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Sapporo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Sapporo. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Sapporo hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Shimukappu-mura.

Things to do in Sapporo

Museums Parks
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 19:
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38 ©
Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38

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Shimukappu-mura

Shimukappu-mura ©
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): fly down the slopes at Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido.

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Traveling by car from Sapporo to Shimukappu-mura takes 2.5 hours. In December in Shimukappu-mura, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Shimukappu-mura

Outdoors Classes Winter Sports
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido ©
Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido

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Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunuma and then don't miss a visit to Enmado.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Noboribetsu road trip website.

Traveling by car from Shimukappu-mura to Noboribetsu takes 3 hours. When traveling from Shimukappu-mura in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Noboribetsu: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can take a train to Hakodate.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe ©
Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe
Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath ©
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath

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Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
On the 22nd (Thu), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, make a trip to Hachimanzaka, look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, contemplate the long history of Goryokaku Dozo, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Goryokaku Park, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower.

To find photos and more tourist information, go to the Hakodate online itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Noboribetsu to Hakodate takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Oishida-machi.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park

4
nights
Oishida-machi

Oishida-machi
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Oishida-machi: Tozawa-mura (Michi-no-Eki Tozawa, Tozawa Domain Funabansho, &more), Murayama (Rose Koryukan & Higashizawa Rose Park) and Tall Cedar Tree in Kosugi (in Sakegawa-mura).

You can plan Oishida-machi trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Explore your travel options from Hakodate to Oishida-machi with the Route module. December in Oishida-machi sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. You'll set off for Tokyo on the 27th (Tue).

Things to do in Oishida-machi

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Tozawa-mura, Murayama, Museum of History and Folklore, Tall Cedar Tree in Kosugi
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, thendon't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Imperial Palace. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and then take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Oishida-machi to Tokyo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In December, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Oishida-machi - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
On the 30th (Fri), examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, thendon't miss a visit to Osu Shopping Street, thenengage your brain at Nagoya City Science Museum, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, thenexplore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Nagoya Castle.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Nagoya online trip maker.

Take a train from Tokyo to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. When traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Nagoya: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium

1
night
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.
On the 31st (Sat), gear up at Fuuka-Kimono.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Kyoto tour itinerary maker website.

Getting from Nagoya to Kyoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Nagoya in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kitakyushu.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Outdoors Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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Kitakyushu

Kitakyushu ©
An important gateway for trade and travel between Honshu and Kyushu, the city of Kitakyushu has an old industrial waterfront and provides access to a number of natural sites across the wider region.
On the 2nd (Mon), see the interesting displays at Kyushu Railway History Museum, wander the streets of Mojiko Retro, thentake in the views from Blue Wing Moji, thenlearn more about the world around you at Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History & Human History, and finally make a trip to Kokura Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Moji Telecommunication Museum, thenstop by Karato market, thenexplore the activities along Kanmon Kaikyo, and finally don't miss a visit to Kanmon Tunnel for Humans (Moji Side).

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kitakyushu route maker app.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kitakyushu in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In January in Kitakyushu, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kitakyushu

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Karato market
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Kyushu Railway History Museum ©
Kyushu Railway History Museum
Karato market ©
Karato market

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hours
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 3rd (Tue), contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

To find photos and tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary site.

You can take a train from Kitakyushu to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In January in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Kofuku-ji Temple 5 Stories Pagoda, &more), Himeji (Nagoyama Reien Busharito, Himeji Castle, &more) and Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (in Kobe). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and take a stroll through Dotombori District.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka online travel route planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Himeji, Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan and then take a stroll through Odaiba District. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Hama Rikyu Gardens, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Rikugien Garden, thenwalk around Yoyogi Park, and finally contemplate the long history of Tokyo Central Railway Station.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planning website.

You can take a train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Parks
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Rikugien Garden ©
Rikugien Garden

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), thentake some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, and finally don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hakone-machi sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Tokyo, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kawaguchi.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Nature Parks
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Owaku-dani Valley ©
Owaku-dani Valley

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Kawaguchi

Kawaguchi ©
Kawaguchi is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, in the central Kantō region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 578,727 and a population density of 9340 persons per km². On the 11th (Wed), walk around Saitama Prefecture Omiya Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Kawaguchi Green Center, thenindulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally don't miss a visit to Previously Tanaka Family House. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitsuzoin Temple, thenbuy something for everyone on your list at AEON Lake Town, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Saifuku-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hozo-ji Temple.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kawaguchi travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Kawaguchi takes 2.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in January: highs in Kawaguchi hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kawaguchi

Historic Sites Parks Spas

Side Trips

Saitama, AEON Lake Town
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Mitsuzoin Temple ©
Mitsuzoin Temple
Saifuku-ji Temple ©
Saifuku-ji Temple
Spas

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Kamakura (Samuraikibun Kamakura & Kōtoku-in). See some other sides of Tokyo: discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, take a stroll through Asakusa, and stop by Ginza.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tokyo online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Kawaguchi to Tokyo takes an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Otaru.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Theme Parks

Side Trips

Urayasu, Kamakura
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

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Otaru

Otaru ©
The port city of Otaru has long attracted domestic visitors, drawn in by the city's many historic buildings, and has started to garner international attention, too.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Mount Kenashi View Point and then hit the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly down the slopes at Niseko Hanazono Resort and then make a trip to JR Otaru Station.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Otaru online day trip planner.

You can fly from Tokyo to Otaru in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in January: highs in Otaru hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. On the 19th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Otaru

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trip

Kutchan-cho
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Niseko Mountain Resort  Grand Hirafu Ski Place ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort
Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building ©
Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building

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