33 days in Japan Itinerary

33 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kobe
— 2 nights
2
Naoshima-cho
— 2 nights
3
Osaka
— 4 nights
4
Kyoto
— 5 nights
5
Nagoya
— 2 nights
6
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
7
Yuzawa-machi
— 3 nights
8
Koshu
— 3 nights
9
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
10
Tokyo
— 7 nights

2
nights
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Himeji Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and then don't miss a visit to Otemae Street.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kobe trip itinerary planning site.

Singapore, Singapore to Kobe is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Standard Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Singapore in December: high temperatures in Kobe hover around 13°C and lows are around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Himeji
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Otemae Street ©
Otemae Street

2
nights
Naoshima-cho

Naoshima-cho ©
On a vacation in Naoshima-cho, a charming island town in the Seto Inland Sea, you can discover its numerous contemporary art museums, sculptures, installations, and galleries.
You've now added Ando Museum to your itinerary.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Naoshima-cho trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by combination of train and ferry from Kobe to Naoshima-cho takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. You will leave for Osaka on the 8th (Tue).

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Museums
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Benesse House Museum ©
Benesse House Museum
Chichu Art Museum ©
Chichu Art Museum
Art House Project ©
Art House Project

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Dotombori District, Minami (Namba), Osaka Castle Park, and other attractions you added. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nara (Nara Park & Todai-ji Temple).

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Osaka trip tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry and train from Naoshima-cho to Osaka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Nara
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Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Kids Plaza Osaka ©
Kids Plaza Osaka

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.
Family-friendly places like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Kinkaku-ji will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, go for a walk through Togetsukyo Bridge, hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Heian Shrine.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 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. You will leave for Nagoya on the 17th (Thu).

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 17:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Monkey Park Iwatayama ©
Monkey Park Iwatayama
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

2
nights
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.
To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Nagoya travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in December, plan for little chillier days in Nagoya, with highs around 9°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagoya

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Museums
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Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Venture out of the city with trips to Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama) and The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses (in Shirakawa-mura). There's still lots to do: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa attractions planning website.

Traveling by car from Nagoya to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Yuzawa-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

3
nights
Yuzawa-machi

Yuzawa-machi ©
It takes just over one hour to reach Yuzawa-machi from the country's capital by bullet train.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Naeba Ski Resort as well as Mt. Naeba. Bring the kids along to Kagura Ski Resort and Gangidori. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Ponshukan, hit the slopes at Yuzawa Kogen, walk around Yuzawa Central Park, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Tanigawa.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Yuzawa-machi trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Kanazawa to Yuzawa-machi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight, tram, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Koshu.

Things to do in Yuzawa-machi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:
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Mt. Naeba ©
Mt. Naeba
Gangidori ©
Gangidori
Mount Tanigawa ©
Mount Tanigawa

3
nights
Koshu

Koshu ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Mars Yamanashi Winery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takeda Shrine, let little ones run wild at Yamanashi Fuehukigawa Fruit Park, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Erin-ji Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daiszenji Temple, make a trip to Kinbaraen, take in nature's colorful creations at Herb Garden Tabinikki, then don't miss a visit to Budonooka Wine Strage, and finally do a tasting at Budo no Oka.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Koshu trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Yuzawa-machi to Koshu takes 4 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Koshu can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Koshu

Historic Sites · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Yamanashi, Takeda Shrine, Mars Yamanashi Winery
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Takeda Shrine ©
Takeda Shrine
Yamanashi Fuehukigawa Fruit Park ©
Yamanashi Fuehukigawa Fruit Park
Spas

1
night
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.
On the 27th (Sun), explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally get great views at Hakone Ropeway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Hakone Shrine, steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley, and finally look for gifts at Owakudani Kurotamago Kan.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Koshu to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. In December in Hakone-machi, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:
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The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Owaku-dani Valley ©
Owaku-dani Valley

7
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.
Attractions like Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo road trip planner.

Getting from Hakone-machi to Tokyo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in December, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 4°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 14°C. On the 4th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 4:
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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

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