38 days in Japan Itinerary

38 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Melbourne
Fly + Train:  14 h
1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  4 h
4
Nakatsugawa
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
5
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Kurobe
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
7
Nikko
— 9 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
8
Matsumoto
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
9
Takayama
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  18 h
End: Melbourne

6
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shizu-Kokoro Urasenke Chado (The Way of Tea) School, Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko), Yanaka Cemetery Park, and other attractions you added. Your inner history buff will appreciate Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) and Kencho-ji Temple. Step off the beaten path and head to Asakusa Shrine and KidZania Tokyo. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Hokoku-ji Temple Bamboo Grove). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine, don't miss a visit to Hozomon, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kokyo Gaien National Garden, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip site.

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in October since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 18°C. On the 15th (Thu), you're off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Kamakura
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 15:
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

6
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've added Shinkyogoku Shopping District, Teramachi, Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, and other attractions to your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nanzen-ji Temple and Kennin-ji Temple. Step out of the city life by going to Mt. Kurama and Nara Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Nara (Toshodai-ji Temple, Nigatsu-do Temple, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip builder site.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple)
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 21:
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Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

1
night
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 22nd (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

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Getting from Kyoto to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nakatsugawa.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites
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Hiroshima Castle ©
Hiroshima Castle

3
nights
Nakatsugawa

Nakatsugawa ©
Nakatsugawa is a city located in the Tōnō region of Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology as well as Nakasendo Magome-juku. Popular historic sites such as Naegi Castle Ruins and Masugata Waterwheel are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Eishoji Temple and Magome Wakihonjin Museum. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Stone Pavement In Ochiai, take an in-depth tour of Toson Memorial Museum, and find something for the whole family at Chicory Village.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Nakatsugawa trip tool.

You can drive from Hiroshima to Nakatsugawa in 7.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. On the 25th (Sun), you're off to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nakatsugawa

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Nakasendo Magome-juku ©
Nakasendo Magome-juku
Stone Pavement In Ochiai ©
Stone Pavement In Ochiai

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Natadera Temple and Ainokura Gassho Community. Get a sense of the local culture at Maruoka Castle and Shima. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Nanto (Gyotoku-ji Temple, Suganuma Gassho Community, &more), Nichiyo Shrine (in Komatsu) and Kakusenkei Gorge (in Kaga). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, see the interesting displays at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Kanazawa Catholic Church, and wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Nakatsugawa to Kanazawa takes 4 hours. Traveling from Nakatsugawa in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Kanazawa, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kurobe.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Nanto, Komatsu, Kakusenkei Gorge, Maruoka Castle
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community
Maruoka Castle ©
Maruoka Castle

3
nights
Kurobe

Kurobe ©
You've now added Kurobe Gorge to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): snap pictures at Yamabiko Bridge, take a memorable tour with Kurobe Gorge, and then get engrossed in the history at Kurobegawa River Electricity Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Higashi Mikkaichi Station Ekisha, take an in-depth tour of Unazuki Hometown Museum Yukakukan, then take in the dramatic natural features at Shinyamabiko Bridge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yakushi-ji Temple, and finally test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kurobe holiday builder website.

Getting from Kanazawa to Kurobe by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel to Nikko.

Things to do in Kurobe

Tours Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 31:
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Shinyamabiko Bridge ©
Shinyamabiko Bridge

9
nights
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park as well as Nikko Tosho-gu. Get outdoors at Kegon Falls and Nasu Highlands. Taiyuimbyo Shrine and Yakushido will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Cryptomeria Avenue, take in the spiritual surroundings of Onsenji Temple, and take in the views from Kinu Tateiwa Otsuribashi (Suspension bridge).

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Nikko day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Kurobe to Nikko takes 5.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Nikko can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. You will leave for Matsumoto on the 9th (Mon).

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Nasu Highlands
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 9:
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Onsenji Temple ©
Onsenji Temple
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu

3
nights
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Larch Forests In Kamikochi area as well as Kamikochi Tourism Center. Get some cultural insight at Matsumoto Castle and Kaichi Gakko Primary School. Get some historical perspective at Fukashi Shrine and Matsumoto Shrine. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Hotaka Mountain Range, head outdoors with Karasawa Carl, admire the engineering at Nagawado Dam, and admire the sheer force of Bandokoro Otaki Falls.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Matsumoto day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Nikko to Matsumoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nikko in November, Matsumoto is a bit cooler at night with lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hotaka Mountain Range
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 12:
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Zengoro Fall ©
Zengoro Fall
Kaichi Gakko Primary School ©
Kaichi Gakko Primary School
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle

2
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Wada House, then contemplate the long history of Kanda house, then don't miss a visit to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, and finally take in the views from Deai Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, then see the interesting displays at Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, and finally examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Takayama day trip planner.

Drive from Matsumoto to Takayama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Kanda house ©
Kanda house
Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine ©
Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

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