34 days in Japan Itinerary

34 days in Japan Itinerary

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34 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  13 h 15 min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  30 min
3
Osaka
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
4
Hatsukaichi
— 2 nights
Train:  15 min
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  5 h 15 min
6
Hakodate
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  1 h 30 min
7
Sapporo
— 6 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
8
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Fly:  13 h 15 min
End: Sydney

3
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.
On the 11th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakusan Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Hozomon, and finally examine the collection at Subway Museum. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, examine the collection at Fire Museum, then admire the masterpieces at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo sightseeing planner.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Tokyo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in August; daily highs in Tokyo reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine
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Subway Museum ©
Subway Museum
Fire Museum ©
Fire Museum
Hozomon ©
Hozomon

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Mimurotoji Temple and Honen-in. Your inner history buff will appreciate Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple) and Myoshinji Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Kayabuki-no-sato Kitamura (in Nantan) and Shuonan Ikkyuji Temple (in Kyotanabe). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple, browse for treasures at Kyoto Kimono Rental Sakura, and steep yourself in history at Hosenin.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Uji, Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), Shuonan Ikkyuji Temple, Kayabuki-no-sato Kitamura
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Mimurotoji Temple ©
Mimurotoji Temple
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple ©
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple
Myoshinji Temple ©
Myoshinji Temple

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Muroji Temple and Kinpusenji Temple. Get some cultural insight at Omiwa Shrine and Sai Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nara (Naramachi Koshino Ie & Yoshikien), Amore Beach (in Akashi) and Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum (in Higashinada). Next up on the itinerary: get a taste of the local shopping with Hankyu Umeda Honten, examine the collection at Modern Transportation Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Harukas 300 Observation Deck, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Asuka-dera Temple.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planner .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Nara, Sakurai, Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, Asuka-dera Temple, Amore Beach
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Kinpusenji Temple ©
Kinpusenji Temple
Omiwa Shrine ©
Omiwa Shrine
Muroji Temple ©
Muroji Temple

2
nights
Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
On the 22nd (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Woodone Museum of Art, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomori Shrine, then take an in-depth tour of Miyajima History Folk Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Mikasahama Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Paddle Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyama Shrine, then delve into the lush surroundings at Misen Wild Woods, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tahoto.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Hatsukaichi trip itinerary planner .

Take a train from Osaka to Hatsukaichi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, daytime highs in Hatsukaichi are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Miyama Shrine ©
Miyama Shrine
Tahoto ©
Tahoto
Kiyomori Shrine ©
Kiyomori Shrine

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fudoin Temple and Ekie. Get some cultural insight at Honkawa Peace Museum and Shirayukiro. Go for a jaunt from Hiroshima to Onomichi to see Jyodo Shrine about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hiroshima Toshogu, revel in the low prices at The Outlets Hiroshima, browse the fresh offerings at Sankai Station Hiroshima Hakken Market, and see the interesting displays at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima vacation planning website .

Hiroshima is just a stone's throw from Hatsukaichi. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Shirayukiro, Jyodo Shrine
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Hiroshima Toshogu ©
Hiroshima Toshogu
Fudoin Temple ©
Fudoin Temple

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then catch the contagious excitement of Hakodate Horse Racetrack, then stop by Hakodate Tsutaya Books, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Trappist Monasteries. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Hakodate City Northern Pacific Fishery's Document Museum, take in the pleasant sights at Hiyori Hill, then admire the striking features of Kyu Soma-tei, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Hakodate Park, and finally hunt for treasures at Ganso Hakodate Asaichi.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Hakodate road trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Hakodate in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Hiroshima in August, with highs in Hakodate at 28°C and lows at 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Shopping Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Trappist Monasteries
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Hakodate Tsutaya Books ©
Hakodate Tsutaya Books
Trappist Monasteries ©
Trappist Monasteries
Kyu Soma-tei ©
Kyu Soma-tei

6
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari Shrine and Important Cultural Properties at Hokkaido University Botanical Garden Museum. Otaru-shi General Museum and Furano Wine Factory are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Sapporo side-trips: Somes Sunagawa Factory and Showroom (in Sunagawa), Toyako-cho (Toyako Visitor Center & Toyako Volcano Science Museum) and Arte Piazza Bibai (in Bibai). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Sapporo Art Museum, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, get to know the fascinating history of Edwin Dun Memorial Hall, and get to know the resident critters at North Safari Sapporo.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Sapporo trip planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Hakodate to Sapporo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Sapporo are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Toyako-cho, Otaru, Somes Sunagawa Factory and Showroom, River Rafting & Tubing, Furano Wine Factory
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Arte Piazza Bibai ©
Arte Piazza Bibai
Sapporo Art Museum ©
Sapporo Art Museum
Fushimi Inari Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari Shrine

7
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art and Kyu Iwasakitei Teien. Head to TOKYO Samurai Kembu and Gallery Marusanfor plenty of shopping. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Hakone Museum of Art (in Hakone-machi), Catholic Yukinosita Church (in Kamakura) and Nihon Minkaen Japan Open Air Folk House Museum (in Kawasaki). Explore Tokyo further: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Erin-ji Temple, get outside with Morito Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Kyu-Furukawa Gardens, and see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Tokyo.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Sapporo to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sapporo in September; daily highs in Tokyo reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. On the 11th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hakone Museum of Art, Catholic Yukinosita Church, Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art, Nihon Minkaen Japan Open Air Folk House Museum, Morito Beach
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National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo ©
Hakone Museum of Art ©
Hakone Museum of Art
Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art ©

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