35 days in Japan Itinerary

35 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  14 h 30 min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  6 h
2
Tokashiki-son
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Okinawa City
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4 h 30 min
4
Fukuoka
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
5
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train:  2 h
6
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  30 min
7
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
8
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
9
Niseko-cho
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  6 h
10
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  14 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.
Let the collections at Kanda Myojin and Samurai Museum capture your imagination. Kokyo Gaien National Garden and Asakusa Shrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Showa Kinen Park (in Tachikawa) and Mt. Takao (in Hachioji). There's much more to do: browse the different shops at Tokyo Midtown, contemplate the long history of Hie Jinjya, browse the range of quality goods at Isetan Shinjuku Store, and shop like a local with Asakusa.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Melbourne in December: highs in Tokyo hover around 14°C, while lows dip to 4°C. You'll set off for Tokashiki-son on the 7th (Sat).

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Showa Kinen Park, Mt. Takao
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Tokyo Midtown ©
Tokyo Midtown
Kanda Myojin ©
Kanda Myojin
Kokyo Gaien National Garden ©
Kokyo Gaien National Garden

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Tokashiki-son

Tokashiki-son ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hatenohama and Chishi Observatory. Get in touch with nature at Ojima Coast and Kerama Islands. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokashiki-son: Kumejima Tsumugino Sato Yuimaru Hall (in Kumejima-cho) and Kaminohama Observatory (in Zamami-son).

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tokashiki-son trip maker website.

Explore your travel options from Tokyo to Tokashiki-son with the Route module. When traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tokashiki-son, with highs around 24°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Okinawa City.

Things to do in Tokashiki-son

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Kumejima-cho, Zamami-son, Ojima Coast, Kerama Islands
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Hatenohama ©
Hatenohama
Kerama Islands ©
Kerama Islands

1
night
Okinawa City

Okinawa is the second-largest city in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, following Naha, the capital city. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Futenmagu.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, go to the Okinawa City trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tokashiki-son to Okinawa City takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Okinawa City

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Futenmagu, Scuba & Snorkeling, Yomitanzanyaki Kitagama
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Scuba & Snorkeling

3
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 13th (Fri): stroll through Yoshinogari Historical Park and then get some fabulous bargains at Tosu Premium Outlets. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Nokonoshima Island, get engrossed in the history at Fukuoka City Museum, and then take in the pleasant sights at Ohori Park.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Okinawa City to Fukuoka. In December, daily temperatures in Fukuoka can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Nature Classes

Side Trips

Yoshinogari Historical Park, Tosu Premium Outlets
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Yoshinogari Historical Park ©
Yoshinogari Historical Park
Fukuoka City Museum ©
Fukuoka City Museum
Tosu Premium Outlets ©
Tosu Premium Outlets

1
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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Setonaikai, get a taste of the local shopping with Kamiyacho, thenadmire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, and finally explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima tour planner.

Traveling by train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Nature Parks Neighborhoods
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Setonaikai ©
Setonaikai
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum ©
Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum

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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 discover tucked-away gems like Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and Shimogamo Jinja. Escape the urban bustle at Mt. Kurama and Kamogawa River. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Kurokabe Square (in Nagahama) and Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuo (in Ryuo-cho). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanzen-in Temple, steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, wander the streets of Pontocho District, and make a trip to Kurama-dera.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto day trip planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Kyoto sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, Kurokabe Square, Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuo
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Sanzen-in Temple ©
Sanzen-in Temple
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kongobu-ji Temple and Midosuji Street. Get some historical perspective at Koyasan Danjo Garan and Wakayama Castle. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda (in Ikeda), Nara Park (in Nara) and Arima Onsen (in Kobe). Next up on the itinerary: ponder the world of politics at Mint Museum, stop by Tenjimbashisuji Shopping Street, get some fabulous bargains at Rinku Premium Outlets, and examine the collection at Osaka Museum of Housing and Living.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Osaka visit planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda, Nara Park, Arima Onsen, Rinku Premium Outlets
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:
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Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda ©
Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda

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nights
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 24th (Tue): buy something for everyone on your list at Stellar Place Sapporo, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari Shrine, thenadmire the natural beauty at Botanic Garden Hokkaido University, and finally test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Sapporo sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Sapporo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Osaka in December, plan for colder days in Sapporo, with highs around 0°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Niseko-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Shopping Spas Parks
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Stellar Place Sapporo ©
Stellar Place Sapporo
Fushimi Inari Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari Shrine
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.
Zenkoji Temple and Toyako Volcano Science Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Do your shopping at Bolta Kobo and Boot Solutions Niseko. Change things up with these side-trips from Niseko-cho: Rusutsu Resort Amusement Park (in Rusutsu-mura), Toyako-cho (Toya Mizunoeki & Mt. Usu Funka Memorial Park) and Onsen Resorts (in Shiraoi-cho). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Shimamu Beach, look for gifts at Michi-no-Eki Meisui no Sato Kyogoku, delve into the lush surroundings at Utasai Beech Forests, and ponder the design of Yoteino Wakimizu.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Niseko-cho online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sapporo to Niseko-cho in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Niseko-cho

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Toyako-cho, Muroran, Boot Solutions Niseko, Yoteino Wakimizu, Rusutsu Resort Amusement Park
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Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort ©
Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort
Shimamu Beach ©
Shimamu Beach
Rusutsu Resort Amusement Park ©
Rusutsu Resort Amusement Park

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Step off the beaten path and head to Shimokitazawa and Lazona Kawasaki Plaza. For shopping fun, head to Uniqlo Ginza or Ginza Mitsukoshi. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama (in Yokohama), Kamogawa (Oyama Rice Terraces & Kamogawa Sea World) and Mt. Takao (in Hachioji). Enjoy Tokyo some more: get outside with Tokyo Dome City, buy something for everyone on your list at TOKYO Solamachi, make a trip to Kappabashi Street (Kappabashi Dogugai), and get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tokyo road trip planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Niseko-cho to Tokyo. Traveling from Niseko-cho in December, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 14°C and 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Shopping Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Kamogawa, Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama, Lazona Kawasaki Plaza, Mt. Takao
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Mt. Takao ©
Mt. Takao
Shimokitazawa ©
Shimokitazawa
Oyama Rice Terraces ©
Oyama Rice Terraces

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