29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

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29 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Miyazaki
— 3 nights
train + taxi:  2​h
3
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
train:  5​h 15​min
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Takayama
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Matsumoto
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
8
Hakodate
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  1​h 30​min
9
Sapporo
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
10
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Sydney

1
night
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 10th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Holy Resurrection Cathedral, then stroll through Kitanomaru Park, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoyogi Hachimangu Shrine.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Sydney to Tokyo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in August, things will get much hotter in Tokyo: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Miyazaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks
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Holy Resurrection Cathedral ©
Holy Resurrection Cathedral
Kitanomaru Park ©
Kitanomaru Park
St. Mary's Cathedral, Tokyo ©
St. Mary's Cathedral, Tokyo

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Saitobaru Tomb. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Aoshima Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Gallery Kodama, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Omi Shrine.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Miyazaki trip planner .

Getting from Tokyo to Miyazaki by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In August in Miyazaki, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Miyazaki

Museums Beaches Historic Sites

Side Trips

Omi Shrine, Gallery Kodama, Saitobaru Tomb
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Omi Shrine ©
Omi Shrine
Miyzaki Science Center ©
Miyzaki Science Center

2
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.
Visit Kaguraden and Aso Mizuki Meguri for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Aratate Shrine and Aso Highland Museum Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Takachiho-cho: Michi-no-Eki Asobonosato Kugino (in Minamiaso-mura) and Aso (Aso Station, Shiroyama Observation Deck, & more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kushifuru Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amanomanai, and don't miss a visit to Tunnel Station.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Takachiho-cho trip itinerary site .

Do a combination of train and taxi from Miyazaki to Takachiho-cho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Takachiho-cho, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Aso, Minamiaso-mura
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Aratate Shrine ©
Aratate Shrine
Kaguraden ©
Kaguraden
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.
Get outdoors at Mikasahama Beach and Setonaikai. Honkawa Peace Museum and Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Saikokuji Temple (in Onomichi) and Former Naval Academy (in Etajima). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Former Bank of Japan Hiroshima, examine the collection at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at Asse, and stop by Monokoto Store.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima itinerary maker app .

Getting from Takachiho-cho to Hiroshima by train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Saikokuji Temple, Mikasahama Beach, Former Naval Academy
Find places to stay Aug 16 — 19:
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Former Naval Academy ©
Former Naval Academy
Former Bank of Japan Hiroshima ©
Former Bank of Japan Hiroshima

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Mimurotoji Temple and Ishiyamadera Temple. Visit Jojakkoji Temple and Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple for their historical value. Change things up with a short trip to Miho Museum in Koka (about 52 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Daikaku-ji, steep yourself in history at Yoshimine-dera, don't miss a visit to Yasakanoto, and browse for treasures at Kyoto Kimono Rental Sakura.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Otsu, Miho Museum, Mimurotoji Temple
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 22:
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Mimurotoji Temple ©
Mimurotoji Temple
Jojakkoji Temple ©
Jojakkoji Temple
Daikaku-ji ©
Daikaku-ji

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.
Appreciate the collections at Hikaru Museum and Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan). Hida Ichinomiya Mizunashi Shrine and Daiouji Temple will appeal to history buffs. Explore Takayama's surroundings by going to Osakacho Waterfalls (in Gero) and Ogimachi (in Shirakawa-mura). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Sakurayama Nikkokan, explore the world behind art at Furui Machinami Museum Kiyoshi Yamashita Gengaten, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Funasaka Shuzo Brewery, and boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Takayama trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Kyoto to Takayama in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Takayama: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trips

Ogimachi, Osakacho Waterfalls
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 25:
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Hikaru Museum ©
Hikaru Museum
Sakurayama Nikkokan ©
Sakurayama Nikkokan

3
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.
Old High School Memorial Museum and Azusagawa Akademia Hall will appeal to museum buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Nakamachi Street and Fukashi Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Matsumoto: Nunobiki Kannon (in Komoro) and Zensanji Temple (in Ueda). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hodaka Shrine Okumiya, contemplate the long history of Former Catholic Church Priest House, explore the different monuments and memorials at Koboyama Ancient Tomb, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Ogato.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto road trip app .

Getting from Takayama to Matsumoto by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. August in Matsumoto sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Zensanji Temple, Nunobiki Kannon
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 28:
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Zensanji Temple ©
Zensanji Temple
Hodaka Shrine Okumiya ©
Hodaka Shrine Okumiya
Fukashi Shrine ©
Fukashi Shrine

2
nights
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Get a sense of the local culture at Trappist Monasteries and Kyu Soma-tei. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St.John's Church Hakodate and Shinoridate Remains. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakodate: Nanae-cho (Onuma Lake & Hokkaido Konbukan). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Hakodate City Northern Pacific Fishery's Document Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Esan, look for gifts at Hakodate Tsutaya Books, and try your luck at Hakodate Horse Racetrack.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hakodate journey builder tool .

You can fly from Matsumoto to Hakodate in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Matsumoto in August: high temperatures in Hakodate hover around 28°C and lows are around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nanae-cho, Trappist Monasteries
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Highlights from your plan
Onuma Lake ©
Onuma Lake
Kyu Soma-tei ©
Kyu Soma-tei
Hakodate Horse Racetrack ©
Hakodate Horse Racetrack

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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 inner history buff will appreciate Edwin Dun Memorial Hall and Naritasan Sapporo Betsuin Shinei-ji Temple. Step off the beaten path and head to Toyako Volcano Science Museum and The Site of Kairakuen Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Tomioka Catholic Church (in Otaru) and Toyako Visitor Center (in Toyako-cho). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Hokkaido Museum Morino Charenga, pause for some serene contemplation at Sapporo Christ Church, browse the exhibits of Hakko Gakuen Kuribayashi Memorial Hall, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokkaido Shrine Tongu.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sapporo trip planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Hakodate to Sapporo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Sapporo can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Toyako-cho, Tomioka Catholic Church
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Hokkaido Museum Morino Charenga ©
Hokkaido Museum Morino Charenga
Edwin Dun Memorial Hall ©
Edwin Dun Memorial Hall
Toyako Visitor Center ©
Toyako Visitor Center

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ikegami Hommon-ji Temple, admire the masterpieces at Suntory Museum of Art, then admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, then get to know the fascinating history of Hozomon, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kyu Iwasakitei Teien. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Fire Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Yanaka Cemetery Park, then get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, then browse the exhibits of Fukagawa Edo Museum, and finally examine the collection at Nissan Crossing.

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

You can fly from Sapporo to Tokyo in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sapporo in September; daily highs in Tokyo reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo ©
Fire Museum ©
Fire Museum
Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan ©

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