45 days in Japan Itinerary

45 days in Japan Itinerary

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Sapporo
— 8 nights
Fly
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Akita
— 8 nights
Fly to Chūbu Centrair, Train to Takayama
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Takayama
— 4 nights
Drive
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Mino
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 13 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
Fly to Akita Airport, Drive to Oga
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Oga
— 2 nights
Drive to Akita Airport, Fly to Sydney

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Sapporo

— 8 nights

CIty of Ramen

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place (in Kutchan-cho), Jigokudani (in Noboribetsu) and Rusutsu Resort Ski (in Rusutsu-mura). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Odori Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Otaru Canal, enjoy breathtaking views from Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38, and take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura).

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Sapporo travel route planner.

Tokyo to Sapporo is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in December, you will find days in Sapporo are much colder (0°C), and nights are a bit cooler (-2°C). You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Sat) before leaving for Akita.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 10 — 18:

Akita

— 8 nights
The coastal city of Akita has gained a wider reputation for its Kanto Matsuri, or "pole lantern festival," where skilled performers balance long bamboo poles on their foreheads with glowing paper lanterns attached to the end.
Explore Akita's surroundings by going to Gojome-machi (Gojome Castle Forest Museum & Akita Environmental and Cultural Village), Oga (Namahage Museum, Ogashinzan Traditional Museum, &more) and Semboku (Tatsuko no Kagamiishi, Lake Tazawa, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Senshu Park, admire the masterpieces at Akita Museum Of Art, fly down the slopes at Mt.Moriyoshi ANI SKI RESORT, and examine the collection at Akita city Minzoku Geinou Densho-kan.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Akita sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Akita takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Sapporo in December, expect nights in Akita to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 3°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Sun) before leaving for Takayama.

Things to do in Akita

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 26:

Takayama

— 4 nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Takayama side-trips: Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, browse the eclectic array of goods at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, and see the interesting displays at Fujii Art Gallery (Fujii Bijutsu Mingei-Kan).

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Takayama journey planner.

Getting from Akita to Takayama by combination of flight and train takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Akita in December: high temperatures in Takayama hover around 9°C and lows are around 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Mino.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:

Mino

— 2 nights
Mino is a city located in the Gifu Prefecture of central Japan, founded on April 1, 1954.As of July 2011, the city has an estimated population of 22,447 and a population density of 190 persons per km². Explore Mino's surroundings by going to Mt. Ibuki (in Maibara), Nabana no Sato (in Kuwana) and Seki (Monet’s Pond & Nemichi Shrine). There's much more to do: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, meet the residents at World Fresh Water Aquarium Aquatotto Gifu, get to know the fascinating history of Miroku-ji Temple Kangaisekigun, and pause for some photo ops at Enkunyujozuka.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Mino route maker.

Getting from Takayama to Mino by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Mino

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

Kyoto

— 13 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, SpaWorld, &more), Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Hirakata Park (in Hirakata). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, make a trip to Nijo Castle, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and take a stroll through Gion.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Mino to Kyoto by car takes about 2.5 hours. In January in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 14:

Hiroshima

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Matsuyama (Matsuyama Castle & Thermal Spas), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, &more) and Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, walk around Momijidani Park, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima online itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Oga.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 14 — 19:

Oga

— 2 nights
Oga is a city located in Akita Prefecture, Japan.As of May 2015, the city has an estimated population of 29,318, and a population density of 122 persons per km2. For ratings and other tourist information, you can read our Oga trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Hiroshima to Oga with the Route module. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Hiroshima in January: high temperatures in Oga hover around 1°C and lows are around -3°C. You will leave for home on the 22nd (Sat).

Things to do in Oga

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 22:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.