32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 5 nights
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
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Himeji
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
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Tokyo

— 7 nights
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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Tokyo Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and wander the streets of Odaiba District.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo road trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in November; daily highs in Tokyo reach 19°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 7:

Hakone-machi

— 5 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakone-machi: Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi), Okuniwa Nature Park (in Narusawa-mura) and Kengamine (in Fujinomiya). Spend the 9th (Thu) exploring nature at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, admire the masterpieces at Narukawa Art Museum, make a trip to Shinsekai Kanpai Street, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashinoko.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hakone-machi day trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 8°C by day to 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can fly to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 7 — 12:

Kanazawa

— 5 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more), Komatsu (Natadera Temple & Aratama Valley) and Takayama (Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), Takayama Jinya, &more). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, contemplate the waterfront views at Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, and make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip builder.

Getting from Hakone-machi to Kanazawa by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 17:

Himeji

— 4 nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Himeji: Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama), Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter (in Kurashiki) and Shikoku Mura Village (in Takamatsu). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Himeji Castle, admire the sheer force of Tendaki Falls, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Royal Grand Hall of Buddhism, and don't miss a visit to Old Shizutani School.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Himeji day trip website.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Himeji in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Himeji are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 21:

Hiroshima

— 3 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Itsukushima Shrine, &more) and Momijidani Park (in Miyajima). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:

Kyoto

— 7 nights
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'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori), Osaka (Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan & Universal Studios Japan) and Kofuku-ji Temple (in Nara). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, and wander the streets of Gion.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 31:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.