35 days in Japan Itinerary

35 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sydney
Fly:  13 h 30 min
1
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Takayama
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Matsumoto
— 7 nights
Drive:  7 h 30 min
4
Hachijo-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Kozushima-mura
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
6
Niijima-mura
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Oshima-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
9
Miyazaki
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
10
Takachiho-cho
— 3 nights
Taxi + Train:  5 h 15 min
11
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h
12
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly:  13 h 15 min
End: Sydney

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.
Visit Kotoin and Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple for their historical value. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Kyoto Kimono Rental Sakura and Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Saimyo-ji Temple (in Kora-cho), Kongorin-ji Temple (in Aisho-cho) and Uji (Mimurotoji Temple & Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hosenin, steep yourself in history at Genkoan, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shosei-en Garden.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kyoto online trip itinerary builder.

Sydney, Australia to Kyoto is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in August; daily highs in Kyoto reach 39°C and lows reach 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Uji, Saimyo-ji Temple, Kongorin-ji Temple, Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), Kyorimbo Temple
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Kyoto Kimono Rental Sakura ©
Kyoto Kimono Rental Sakura
Unryuin ©
Unryuin
Kongorin-ji Temple ©
Kongorin-ji Temple

3
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
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 a sense of the local culture at Hikaru Museum and Hida Ichinomiya Mizunashi Shrine. Take a break from the city and head to Osakacho Waterfalls and Amidaga Falls. There's still lots to do: test the waters at a local thermal spa, sample the tasty concoctions at Funasaka Shuzo Brewery, examine the collection at Mukashibanashi no Sato, and admire the landmark architecture of Takayama City Hall.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Takayama trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Takayama takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Takayama, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Amidaga Falls, Osakacho Waterfalls
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Hikaru Museum ©
Hikaru Museum
Osakacho Waterfalls ©
Osakacho Waterfalls
Thermal Spas

7
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kaminaridaki Falls and Togakushi Jinja Hokosha. Museum-lovers will appreciate Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum and Old High School Memorial Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Ganshoin Temple (in Obuse-machi), Nagano (Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple & Sanada House) and Zensanji Temple (in Ueda). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nunobiki Kannon, admire the sheer force of Bandokoro Otaki Falls, don't miss a visit to Fukashi Shrine, and steep yourself in history at Former Catholic Church Priest House.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Matsumoto trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Takayama to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Hachijo-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Nagano, Nunobiki Kannon, Ganshoin Temple, Kaminaridaki Falls, Zensanji Temple
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 25:
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Togakushi Jinja Hokosha ©
Togakushi Jinja Hokosha
Zensanji Temple ©
Zensanji Temple
Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum ©

2
nights
Hachijo-machi

Hachijo-machi ©
Appreciate the collections at Hachijo Island Museum of History and Folklore and Hachijo Island Geothermal Energy Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Occhogahama and Karataki Fall.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hachijo-machi trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Matsumoto to Hachijo-machi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Kozushima-mura.

Things to do in Hachijo-machi

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Ogoshihana Lighthouse ©
Ogoshihana Lighthouse

1
night
Kozushima-mura

Kozushima-mura ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): kick back and relax at Nagahama Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Awanomikoto Shrine, and then stop by Yochare Center - Processing of marine products store.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kozushima-mura road trip app.

Explore your travel options from Hachijo-machi to Kozushima-mura with the Route module. August in Kozushima-mura sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Niijima-mura.

Things to do in Kozushima-mura

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Awanomikoto Shrine ©
Awanomikoto Shrine

1
night
Niijima-mura

Niijima-mura ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): kick back and relax at Tomari Beach and then examine the collection at Niijima-Mura Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Niijima-mura trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kozushima-mura to Niijima-mura. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Oshima-machi.

Things to do in Niijima-mura

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Niijima-Mura Museum ©
Niijima-Mura Museum

2
nights
Oshima-machi

Oshima-machi ©
On the 30th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Izu Oshima Volcano Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hajikama shrine, thensee the interesting displays at Tokyo Metropolitan Oshima Park Tsubaki Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Toshiki Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Oshima-machi vacation tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Niijima-mura to Oshima-machi. August in Oshima-machi sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Oshima-machi

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Izu Oshima Volcano Museum ©
Izu Oshima Volcano Museum
Hajikama shrine ©
Hajikama shrine

2
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.
Get some cultural insight at Madame Tussauds Tokyo and Subway Museum. Kids will enjoy Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan and Fire Museum. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Hozomon, explore the world behind art at National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, get engrossed in the history at Fukagawa Edo Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ikegami Hommon-ji Temple.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo online road trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Oshima-machi to Tokyo. In August in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Miyazaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Madame Tussauds Tokyo ©
Madame Tussauds Tokyo
Hozomon ©
Hozomon
Fire Museum ©
Fire Museum

2
nights
Miyazaki

Miyazaki ©
Enjoying some of the warmest weather on Japan's main islands, Miyazaki thrived as a resort town in the 1980s, with hotels, beaches, and seafood restaurants galore.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Miyazaki Prefectural Museum of Nature and History, thensteep yourself in history at Saitobaru Tomb, and then kick back and relax at Aoshima Beach. On the next day, take a stroll around Oyodo River Study Center, stop by En Haut, thenget curious at Miyzaki Science Center, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Miyazaki trip planning website.

Fly from Tokyo to Miyazaki in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. September in Miyazaki sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Miyazaki

Museums Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Saitobaru Tomb
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Miyzaki Science Center ©
Miyzaki Science Center
En Haut ©
En Haut

3
nights
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
On the 5th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Tochimata Tanada Rice Terrace, don't miss a visit to Tunnel Station, thenget to know the fascinating history of Aso Mizuki Meguri, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kuninomiyatsuko Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaguraden, thensteep yourself in history at Kushifuru Shrine, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aratate Shrine, and finally admire the sheer force of Tamatare Falls.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Takachiho-cho trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Miyazaki to Takachiho-cho by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In September in Takachiho-cho, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Aso
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Kaguraden ©
Kaguraden
Aratate Shrine ©
Aratate Shrine
Kushifuru Shrine ©
Kushifuru Shrine

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Mikasahama Beach, steep yourself in history at Former Naval Academy, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saikokuji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Museum of Japanese Emigration to Hawaii, thenlook and learn at Hiroshima Children's Museum, thensee the interesting displays at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum, and finally shop like a local with Monokoto Store.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima vacation planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Takachiho-cho to Hiroshima in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. On the 10th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Mikasahama Beach, Saikokuji Temple, Museum of Japanese Emigration to Hawaii, Former Naval Academy
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 10:
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Former Naval Academy ©
Former Naval Academy
Hiroshima Children's Museum ©
Hiroshima Children's Museum
Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum ©

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.
Popular historic sites such as Yoshikien and Asuka-dera Temple are in your itinerary. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like National Museum of Ethnology and Nishinomiya Shrine. Step out of Osaka with an excursion to Amore Beach in Akashi--about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: stop by Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asazawasha Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Harukas 300 Observation Deck, and take in nature's colorful creations at Sakuya Konohanakan.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip app.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Yoshikien, Nishinomiya Shrine, National Museum of Ethnology, Asuka-dera Temple, Amore Beach
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 13:
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Yoshikien ©
Yoshikien
Asuka-dera Temple ©
Asuka-dera Temple
National Museum of Ethnology ©
National Museum of Ethnology

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