30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

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30 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
Hakodate
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 45 min
2
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
3
Nagano
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 15 min
4
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Nagoya
— 3 nights
Train:  45 min
6
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  30 min
7
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
8
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
9
Fukuoka
— 6 nights
Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: Sydney


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1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take a stroll through Motomachi, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, then enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower, then get engrossed in the history at Hakodate City Northern Pacific Fishery's Document Museum, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Goryokaku Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Hakodate trip itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Hakodate is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Hakodate is minus 1 hour. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in January; daily highs in Hakodate reach 0°C and lows reach -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park
Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate

5
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 National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Senso-ji Temple and Fukagawa Edo Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi) and Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka). The adventure continues: visit Odaiba, take a stroll through Takeshita Street, shop like a local with Asakusa, and engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary builder website .

You can fly from Hakodate to Tokyo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Hakodate in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 11°C and lows about 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Nagano.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping

Side Trips

The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

1
night
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
On the 4th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Mizuno Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Togakushi Jinja Hokosha, then take an in-depth tour of Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum, then explore the world behind art at Gallery HANAGURA, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple.

To find photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagano visit planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Nagano in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February, Nagano is slightly colder than Tokyo - with highs of 4°C and lows of -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagano

Museums Historic Sites
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Zenko-ji Temple ©
Zenko-ji Temple
Togakushi Jinja Hokosha ©
Togakushi Jinja Hokosha

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen and Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts. The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum, &more) and Gallery Otera (in Takaoka). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, and admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa driving holiday app .

Traveling by train from Nagano to Kanazawa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In February in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Gallery Otera, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 7:
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Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

3
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.
Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology and Yume Utsutsu will appeal to museum buffs. Ise Grand Shrine and Nagoya Higashiyamaso will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Nagoya: Chiryu City History Folk Museum (in Chiryu), Gyaruri Momogusa (in Tajimi) and Okageza (in Ise). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Tokugawa Art Museum, explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, see the interesting displays at Nanzan University Museum of Anthropology, and get engrossed in the history at Kitanagoya City Folk History Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Nagoya road trip planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Nagoya by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in February, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Ise, Kitanagoya City Folk History Museum, Ama Shippoyaki Art Village, Gyaruri Momogusa, Yume Utsutsu
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 10:
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Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

4
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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at Namikawa Yasuyuki Sippo Memorial Museum and Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Art Museum. When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Todai-ji Temple in Nara, approximately Nara away. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Gion, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. February in Kyoto sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
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.
Himeji Castle and Osaka Castle will appeal to history buffs. Todaiji Temple Cultural Center and Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) (in Chuo) and Nara Park (in Nara). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Dotonbori and get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip itinerary planner.

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In February, daytime highs in Osaka are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Nara, Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), Himeji Castle
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 17:
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. Get a sense of the local culture at Itsukushima Shrine and Miyajima. Venture out of the city with trips to Itsukushima Shrine Torii (in Hatsukaichi) and Yamato Museum (in Kure). The adventure continues: make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, examine the collection at Mazda Museum, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Osaka to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In February in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Yamato Museum, Mazda Museum
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

6
nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Visit Dazaifu Tenman-gu and Kumamoto Castle for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and Newspaper Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fukuoka: Yokan Museum (in Ogi), Kyushu National Museum (in Dazaifu) and Nagasaki (Glover Garden, Nagasaki Peace Park, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, examine the collection at Kurume World Camellia Museum, get a new perspective on nature at Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History & Human History, and get engrossed in the history at Kumamoto Prefectural Library, Kumamoto Culture and History Museum.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka visit planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February in Fukuoka, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Kumamoto, Nagasaki, Dazaifu, Doctor Oe History Museum, Usa City Peace Museum
Find places to stay Feb 20 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle

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