35 days in Japan Itinerary

35 days in Japan Itinerary

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35 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 22 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
3
Nara
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
5
Himeji
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
6
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
End: Tokyo

22
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hakone-machi (Owaku-dani Valley, Hakone Ropeway, & more), Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Hase-dera Temple, & more). Have a day of magic on the 20th (Wed) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Odaiba, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online tour itinerary planner .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Yokohama, Kamakura, Hakone-machi, Akiruno, Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

3
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.
Arashiyama has been added to your itinerary. On the 10th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Arashiyama, steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, then make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kyoto holiday builder website .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Kyoto are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Universal Studios Japan
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

2
nights
Nara

Nara ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jindoji Temple, and then make a trip to Ishitera Tea Plantation. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, walk around Nara Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, then appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, and finally make a trip to Daibutsuden.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Nara trip planner .

Getting from Kyoto to Nara by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of subway and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 6°C. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Ishitera Tea Plantation, Jindoji Temple
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): shop like a local with Dotonbori and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Osaka trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Another option is to drive. December in Osaka sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

2
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Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
On the 16th (Mon), stroll around Otokoyama Haisuiike Park and then don't miss a visit to Otemae Street. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally take in the views from Akashi Kaikyo Bridge.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Himeji online itinerary maker .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Awaji, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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.
Step out of Hiroshima with an excursion to Itsukushima Shrine in Hatsukaichi--about 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip planner .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. On the 21st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Itsukushima Shrine
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

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