32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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32 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Christchurch
Fly:  15 h
1
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  30 min
3
Osaka
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
5
Sapporo
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
6
Tokyo
— 8 nights
Fly:  17 h
End: Christchurch

7
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nezu Museum, PRADA Aoyama, Nakagin Capsule Tower Building, and other attractions you added. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Rikugien Garden, and take a stroll through Takeshita Street.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo online trip planner .

Christchurch, New Zealand to Tokyo is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Christchurch to Tokyo. When traveling from Christchurch in January, plan for cooler days in Tokyo, with highs around 11°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 13:
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tenryuji Temple, Kinkaku-ji, Ryoanji Temple, and other attractions you added. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District, and wander the streets of Gion.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto online journey planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. January in Kyoto sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 17:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

4
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've added America Mura, Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, Osaka Shochikuza, and other attractions to your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nara (Nara Park & Todai-ji Temple). It doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan and shop like a local with Dotonbori.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary builder app .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. January in Osaka sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Horyu-ji Temple
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

4
nights
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Sapporo Beer Museum, Odori Park, Susukino, and other attractions. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, get great views at Mt. Moiwa, and enjoy breathtaking views from Sapporo TV Tower.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Sapporo trip planner.

Fly from Hiroshima to Sapporo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. While traveling from Hiroshima, expect colder days and a bit cooler nights in Sapporo, ranging from highs of -3°C to lows of -6°C. On the 28th (Tue), you're off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower
Sapporo Beer Museum ©
Sapporo Beer Museum

8
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your list of things to see and do now includes Tokyo Central Railway Station, Imperial Palace, Yokohama Chinatown, and other attractions. Venture out of the city with trips to Minato Mirai 21 (in Yokohama), Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and Sankeien Gardens (in Naka). See even more of Tokyo: take a stroll through Asakusa and take in the spiritual surroundings of Zojo-ji Temple.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Tokyo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of train and flight. When traveling from Sapporo in January, plan for much hotter days in Tokyo, with highs around 11°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 1°C. You will leave for home on the 5th (Wed).

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Yokohama, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 5:
Highlights from your plan
Asakusa ©
Asakusa
Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka

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