43 days in Japan Itinerary

43 days in Japan Itinerary

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43 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + Train:  10 h 30 min
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Narita
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Nikko
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
4
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Tateyama
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Matsumoto
— 2 nights
8
Matsumoto
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
9
Nagoya
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
10
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
11
Himeji
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
12
Shikokuchuo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
13
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
14
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
15
Kobe
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
16
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
17
Nara
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
18
Ise
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
19
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
20
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
21
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: Melbourne

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Narita

Narita
Pilgrims and aviators come to Narita, a town known during the Edo period for its temple, and now known primarily for its airport.
For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Narita trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Narita is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Melbourne in December, things will get much colder in Narita: highs are around 13°C and lows about 1°C. On the 24th (Thu), you'll travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Narita

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:

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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 24th (Thu), take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo International Airport International Terminal Observation Deck. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, stroll around Meiji Jingu Gaien, get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, then get your game on at Samurai Armor Photo Studio, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hie Jinjya.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Narita to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 4°C. You'll set off for Nikko on the 26th (Sat).

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Tours Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Food Tours
Meiji Jingu Gaien ©
Meiji Jingu Gaien

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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): trek along Odashirogahara, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Nantai, steep yourself in history at Nikko Futarasan Jinja Chugushi Shrine, take in the views from Shinkyo Bridge, then contemplate the long history of Kanaya Hotel History House, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yakushido.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Nikko trip planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Nikko: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites Parks Trails
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Kanaya Hotel History House ©
Kanaya Hotel History House
Shinkyo Bridge ©
Shinkyo Bridge
Mt. Nantai ©
Mt. Nantai

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Street Kart Tokyo Bay. On the 27th (Sun), take a stroll through Kagurazaka. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Happoen Garden, steep yourself in history at Sengaku-ji Temple, go all around town with Street Kart Tokyo Bay, then admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, then steep yourself in history at Kawasaki Daishi, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip maker website .

You can take a train from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Nikko in December, expect little chillier with lows of 4°C in Tokyo. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tateyama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Yokohama, Sumidagawa River Terrace, Kawasaki Daishi
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Kawasaki Daishi ©
Kawasaki Daishi
Street Kart Tokyo Bay ©
Street Kart Tokyo Bay
Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal ©
Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal

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Tateyama

Tateyama ©
Tateyama is a city located in southern Chiba Prefecture, Japan. On the 29th (Tue), stroll around Shiroyama Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsurugaya Hachimangu, experience rural life at Tateyama Strawberry Picking Center, kick back and relax at Hojo Beach, then step into the grandiose world of Tateyama Castle (Hakkenden Museum), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tateyama Shrine, and finally cruise along Boso Flower Line.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tateyama trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Tokyo to Tateyama in 2 hours. Traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Tateyama, with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tateyama

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Tsurugaya Hachimangu ©
Tsurugaya Hachimangu
Shiroyama Park ©
Shiroyama Park
Tateyama Strawberry Picking Center ©
Tateyama Strawberry Picking Center

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Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Hakone Ropeway, explore the world behind art at Hakone Museum of Art, admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then make a trip to Otome Toge, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kintoki, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Choanji Temple.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi trip tool .

Traveling by car from Tateyama to Hakone-machi takes 3 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Tateyama in December; daily highs in Hakone-machi reach 8°C and lows reach 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
Hakone Museum of Art ©
Hakone Museum of Art

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Matsumoto Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Lake Azusa-ko, take in the dramatic scenery at Zengoro Fall, hit the slopes at Mt. Norikura Snow Resort, hit the slopes at Norikura Kogen, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fukashi Shrine.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto travel planner.

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in January, Matsumoto is little chillier at night with lows of -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Nature Winter Sports
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Norikura Snow Resort ©
Mt. Norikura Snow Resort
Norikura Kogen ©
Norikura Kogen
Onsen Resorts

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Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): stop by Matsumoto Castletown Springs, don't miss a visit to Matsumoto Natural Village, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jorinji Temple, and finally admire the striking features of Matsumoto i Design Fashion Institute of Technology. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, contemplate the long history of Takahashi Family Residence, contemplate the waterfront views at Taisho Pond, then look for all kinds of wild species at Pond Tashiro, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hodaka Shrine Okumiya, and finally take in the views from Myojin Bridge.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Matsumoto road trip planning site .

Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Pond Tashiro ©
Pond Tashiro
Taisho Pond ©
Taisho Pond
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle

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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take in panoramic vistas at Nagoya TV Tower, then walk around Central Park, and then make a trip to Yumekyobashi Castel Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Nagoya Shisei Shiryokan, explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, admire the masterpieces at The Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art, admire the masterpieces at Furukawa Art Museum, then examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Todagawa Kodomo Land.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Nagoya attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Matsumoto to Nagoya takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Matsumoto in January since evenings lows in Nagoya dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Yumekyobashi Castel Road, Aichi Fitness Forest Park
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Todagawa Kodomo Land ©
Todagawa Kodomo Land
Osu Shopping Street ©
Osu Shopping Street
Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine

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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.
On the 9th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, make a trip to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shinnyodo Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja, then contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamigamo Shrine. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Adashino Nenbutsu-ji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, have some family-friendly fun at NINJA VR KYOTO, steep yourself in history at Sagano, then take in nature's colorful creations at Okochi Sanso Garden, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Jojakkoji Temple.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Classes Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Jojakkoji Temple ©
Jojakkoji Temple
Shimogamo Jinja ©
Shimogamo Jinja

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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 10th (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Sunken Garden, Castle Garden and then don't miss a visit to Viewing Deck, Himeji Station Square. On your second day here, hike along Mt Shosha hiking, make a trip to Himeji Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hiromine Shrine, and finally make a trip to Shoshazan Ropeway.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Himeji trip builder.

Getting from Kyoto to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Shikokuchuo.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trips

Ako, Ishino Hoden Oishi Shrine, Kakurin-ji Temple
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Mt Shosha hiking ©
Mt Shosha hiking

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Shikokuchuo

Shikokuchuo ©
On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Paper Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sankaku Shrine, make a trip to Senryuji Temple, then visit Umatate Parking Area Up Line, then take in the awesome beauty at Shiozuka Highland, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Unbenji Temple.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Shikokuchuo tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Himeji to Shikokuchuo in 3 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Shikokuchuo

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Miyoshi, Kanonji, Zuioji Temple
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Mishima Shrine ©
Mishima Shrine
Senryuji Temple ©
Senryuji Temple
Hōnen'ike Dam ©
Hōnen'ike Dam

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, snap pictures at Aioi Bridge, pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound, then pause for some photo ops at Peace Flame, then appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima online travel planner .

You can drive from Shikokuchuo to Hiroshima in 3 hours. In January, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Peace Bell ©
Peace Bell

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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.
On the 16th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ankokuji Temple and then browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Ohori Park, take in the pleasant sights at Ohorikoen Japanese Garden, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Asahi Breweries Hakata Brewery, walk around Momochi Seaside Park, then see the interesting displays at Fukuoka Citizen’s Disaster Prevention Center, and finally get engrossed in the history at Fukuoka City Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka travel planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Fukuoka can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Dazaifu
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Hakozaki Shrine ©
Hakozaki Shrine
Hakata Station ©
Hakata Station
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine

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Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
On the 19th (Tue), make a trip to The Former Foreign Settlement of Kobe, visit Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), admire the natural beauty at Sorakuen Garden, then see the interesting displays at Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Ashiya Rock Garden, and finally walk around Kabutoyama Shinrin Park. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Minatogawa Shrine, wander the streets of Kobe Harborland, take an in-depth tour of Kobe City Museum (Kobe Shiritsu Hakubutsukan), then gain insight at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, and finally explore the striking landscape at Kazefukiiwa.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kobe route planner.

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Kobe in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nishinomiya, Ashiya Rock Garden, Kiyoshikojin Seichoji, Mukogawa Valley
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Ashiya Rock Garden ©
Ashiya Rock Garden
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens ©
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens
Nishinomiya Shrine ©
Nishinomiya Shrine

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Sunset Owl Cafe and Minoo Park. There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nakanoshima Park, steep yourself in history at Tekijuku, and take a stroll through Dotonbori.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka trip maker tool .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kobe. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Suita, Minoo Park
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Minoo Park ©
Minoo Park

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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.
On the 23rd (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kashihara Jingu, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Asuka-dera Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tanzan Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Harushika Brewery, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Wakakusa, then appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Nara National Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Nara trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Osaka to Nara by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In January, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Ise.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Ikaruga-cho, Sakurai, Asuka-dera Temple, Joruri Temple, Kashihara Jingu
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple

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Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Yokoyama, steep yourself in history at Izawanomiya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kazahinominomiya, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine, then get engrossed in the history at Jingu Chokokan Museum, and finally make a trip to Okage Yokocho.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Ise trip builder site .

Take a train from Nara to Ise in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Nara in January since evenings lows in Ise dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Shima
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Izawanomiya ©
Izawanomiya
Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine

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Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): look for gifts at Sakuda Honten and then take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishiura Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Inami Betsuin Zuisen-ji Temple, enjoy breathtaking views from Ainokura Observatory, then take a stroll through Gokayama, then don't miss a visit to Suganuma Gassho Community, and finally steep yourself in history at Kanda house.

Make your Kanazawa itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Ise to Kanazawa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Ise in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Kanazawa, with lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nanto, Shirakawa-mura
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Gokayama ©
Gokayama
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Street Kart Tokyo Bay has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at 上野東照宮 Toshogu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Hozomon, then squeeze the most out of the city with Street Kart Tokyo Bay, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Atago Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sun): see the interesting displays at Memorial Warships Mikasa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), steep yourself in history at Kencho-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, then get to know the fascinating history of Kishamichi Promenade, and finally snap pictures at Yokohama Bay Bridge.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip builder app .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kanazawa in January: highs in Tokyo hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kamakura, Yokohama, Memorial Warships Mikasa
Find places to stay Jan 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Street Kart Tokyo Bay ©
Street Kart Tokyo Bay
Hozomon ©
Hozomon

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Rusutsu Resort Ski and Asahiyama Kinen Koen. When in Sapporo, make a side trip to see Otaru Canal in Otaru, approximately Otaru away. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Sapporo Teine, walk around Odori Park, see the interesting displays at The Hokkaido University Museum, and hit the slopes at Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Sapporo online route planner .

You can fly from Tokyo to Sapporo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Tokyo in February, you will find days in Sapporo are colder (-1°C), and nights are a bit cooler (-5°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Otaru Canal, Rusutsu Resort Ski
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 3:
Highlights from your plan
Rusutsu Resort Ski ©
Rusutsu Resort Ski
Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort ©
Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort
Sapporo Teine ©
Sapporo Teine

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