35 days in Japan Itinerary

35 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Asia trip planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

35 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + train:  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
train + taxi:  2​h
10
Takachiho-cho
— 3 nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mimurotoji Temple and Kotoin. Popular historic sites such as Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple and Hosenin are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple (in Uji), Kongorin-ji Temple (in Aisho-cho) and Saimyo-ji Temple (in Kora-cho). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), browse for treasures at Kyoto Kimono Rental Sakura, take in nature's colorful creations at Shosei-en Garden, and contemplate the long history of Genkoan.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Kyoto driving holiday planner.

Sydney, Australia to Kyoto is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Sydney in August; daily highs in Kyoto reach 39°C and lows reach 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Uji, Kyorimbo Temple, Kongorin-ji Temple, Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), Saimyo-ji Temple
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Unryuin ©
Unryuin
Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple ©
Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Osakacho Waterfalls and Hikaru Museum. Visit Hida Ichinomiya Mizunashi Shrine and Daiouji Temple for their historical value. Change things up with a short trip to Amidaga Falls in Gujo (about 1h 20 min away). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), get a taste of the local shopping with Funasaka Shuzo Brewery, explore the world behind art at Furui Machinami Museum Kiyoshi Yamashita Gengaten, and admire the landmark architecture of Takayama City Hall.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Takayama tour planner .

Getting from Kyoto to Takayama by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: 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) so you can drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Amidaga Falls, Osakacho Waterfalls
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Hikaru Museum ©
Hikaru Museum
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ganshoin Temple and Zensanji Temple. Visiting Kaminaridaki Falls and Ushibuse River French style Stair Stepped will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Nagano (Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple, Togakushi Jinja Hokosha, & more) and Nunobiki Kannon (in Komoro). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fukashi Shrine, contemplate the long history of Former Catholic Church Priest House, and see the interesting displays at Old High School Memorial Museum.

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

Getting from Takayama to Matsumoto by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In August in Matsumoto, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hachijo-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nagano, Nunobiki Kannon, Kaminaridaki Falls, Ganshoin Temple, Zensanji Temple
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Fukashi Shrine ©
Fukashi Shrine
Zensanji Temple ©
Zensanji Temple

2
nights
Hachijo-machi

Hachijo-machi ©
Hachijo Island Geothermal Energy Museum and Hachijo Island Museum of History and Folklore will appeal to museum buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Occhogahama and Noboryotouge.

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

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Matsumoto to Hachijo-machi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Kozushima-mura.

Things to do in Hachijo-machi

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
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 maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kozushima-mura online trip itinerary builder .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hachijo-machi to Kozushima-mura. In August in Kozushima-mura, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 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

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 27 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Awanomikoto Shrine ©
Awanomikoto Shrine

1
night
Niijima-mura

Niijima-mura ©
On the 29th (Sat), kick back and relax at Tomari Beach and then see the interesting displays at Niijima-Mura Museum.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Niijima-mura tour itinerary site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kozushima-mura to Niijima-mura. In August, daily temperatures in Niijima-mura can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Oshima-machi.

Things to do in Niijima-mura

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Niijima-Mura Museum ©
Niijima-Mura Museum

2
nights
Oshima-machi

Oshima-machi ©
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): examine the collection at Izu Oshima Volcano Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hajikama shrine, then learn more about the world around you at Tokyo Metropolitan Oshima Park Tsubaki Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Toshiki Beach.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Oshima-machi trip builder app .

Explore your travel options from Niijima-mura to Oshima-machi with the Route module. In August in Oshima-machi, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Oshima-machi

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Visit Hozomon and Ikegami Hommon-ji Temple for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Fire Museum and Madame Tussauds Tokyo. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, see the interesting displays at Subway Museum, explore the world behind art at Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art, and explore the galleries of Fukagawa Edo Museum.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Oshima-machi to Tokyo. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time for travel to Miyazaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 2:
Highlights from your plan
Madame Tussauds Tokyo ©
Madame Tussauds Tokyo
Fire Museum ©
Fire Museum
Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): make a trip to Miyazaki Prefectural Museum of Nature and History, steep yourself in history at Saitobaru Tomb, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Aoshima Beach. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get into the urban bustle at Oyodo River Study Center, stop by En Haut, then get curious at Miyzaki Science Center, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Miyazaki tour planner .

Fly from Tokyo to Miyazaki in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Miyazaki

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Saitobaru Tomb
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
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, make a trip to Tunnel Station, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Aso Mizuki Meguri, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kuninomiyatsuko Shrine. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaguraden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushifuru Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aratate Shrine, and finally admire the sheer force of Tamatare Falls.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Takachiho-cho online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Miyazaki to Takachiho-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Aso
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
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): stroll through Mikasahama Beach, then contemplate the long history of Former Naval Academy, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saikokuji Temple. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Museum of Japanese Emigration to Hawaii, get curious at Hiroshima Children's Museum, then examine the collection at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Monokoto Store.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima holiday planning app .

Traveling by train from Takachiho-cho to Hiroshima takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and train. In September in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Mikasahama Beach, Former Naval Academy, Museum of Japanese Emigration to Hawaii, Saikokuji Temple
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Former Naval Academy ©
Former Naval Academy
Hiroshima Children's Museum ©
Hiroshima Children's 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nishinomiya Shrine and Asazawasha Shrine. Visiting Amore Beach and Sakuya Konohanakan will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Yoshikien (in Nara) and Asuka-dera Temple (in Asuka-mura). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at National Museum of Ethnology, look for gifts at Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka, and take in panoramic vistas at Harukas 300 Observation Deck.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

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

Similar Plans

36 days in Japan BY A USER FROM CANADA May, popular sights PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 38 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, popular sights PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 38 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, popular sights PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 38 days in Japan BY A USER FROM CAMBODIA August, popular sights PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 37 days in South Korea & Japan BY A USER FROM ITALY March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 37 days in Japan BY A USER FROM ISRAEL August, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 36 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 42 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular sights PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 42 days in Japan BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA November, popular sights PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 40 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced 18 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 52 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM October, popular sights PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans