33 days in Japan Itinerary

33 days in Japan Itinerary

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33 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  12 h 45 min
1
Osaka
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Hiroshima
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Takayama
— 6 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Gotemba
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  13 h 15 min
End: Sydney

5
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 find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin, Mt. Koya, &more), Nara (Nara Park & Kasuga Grand Shrine) and Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (in Chuo). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, go for a walk through Himeji Castle, wander the streets of Dotonbori, and take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en.

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Sydney, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Sydney to Osaka, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in January, things will get cooler in Osaka: highs are around 10°C and lows about 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Himeji, Koya-cho, Nara, Nishinomiya, Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 31:
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

5
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima & Itsukushima Shrine), Kosanji Temple (in Onomichi) and Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, and steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In January, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kurashiki, Kosanji Temple, Okayama Korakuen Garden
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 5:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Ise (Okage Yokocho & Ise Grand Shrine), Nagoya Castle (in Nagoya) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, take a stroll through Gion, and get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market Shopping District.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto tour itinerary planning website .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Ise, Todai-ji Temple, Chubu Park, Nagoya Castle
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 11:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

6
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Gujo (Takasu Snow Park & Meiho Ski Resort), Matsumoto (Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum (Matsumoto Mingei-kan) & Matsumoto Castle) and Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Omicho Market, fly down the slopes at Kiso Fukushima Ski Resort, and admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Takayama itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Takayama takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kyoto in February: highs in Takayama hover around 7°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Gotemba.

Things to do in Takayama

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Kanazawa, Shirakawa-mura, Matsumoto, Gujo, Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 17:
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle

4
nights
Gotemba

Gotemba ©
Trips to Gotemba, a city at the foot of Mount Fuji, offer plenty of opportunities to admire Japan's most famous natural feature.
Venture out of the city with trips to Susono (Kazurayama Castle Ruins & Keigashima Canyon), Waketamaike Spring (in Fujinomiya) and Ohatago Kashiwaya Historical Museum (in Fujieda). There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, get to know the fascinating history of Gempeigawa River, take in panoramic vistas at Gotemba Municipal Management Station South Parking Lot Observation Deck, and take some stellar pictures from Imamiya Tea Plantation.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Gotemba road trip planner .

Drive from Takayama to Gotemba in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Gotemba

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fuji, Susono, Gempeigawa River, Nishiamagi Highlands, Mount Fuji
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Gempeigawa River ©
Gempeigawa River

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, browse the exhibits of Tokyo National Museum, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gotemba to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Gotemba in February, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (12°C), and nights are about the same (2°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 27:
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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