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
Train + Taxi:  2 h
10
Takachiho-cho
— 3 nights
Taxi + Train:  5 h 15 min
11
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h
12
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train + 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. Kyoto Kimono Rental Sakura and Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Saimyo-ji Temple (in Kora-cho), Mimurotoji Temple (in Uji) and Kongorin-ji Temple (in Aisho-cho). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hosenin, admire the masterpieces at Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan, contemplate the long history of Genkoan, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shosei-en Garden.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Kyoto is an approximately 13.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Sydney to Kyoto, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, Kyoto is much warmer than Sydney - with highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Uji, Saimyo-ji Temple, Kyorimbo Temple, Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), Kongorin-ji 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 Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan). Take a break from the city and head to Osakacho Waterfalls and Amidaga Falls. There's lots more to do: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, admire the striking features of Takayama City Hall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hida Ichinomiya Mizunashi Shrine, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Funasaka Shuzo Brewery.

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

You can drive from Kyoto to Takayama in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kyoto in August: highs in Takayama hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 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
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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 Nunobiki Kannon. Museum-lovers will appreciate Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum and Old High School Memorial Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Nagano (Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple, Togakushi Jinja Hokosha, &more), Zensanji Temple (in Ueda) and Ganshoin Temple (in Obuse-machi). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fukashi Shrine, admire the sheer force of Bandokoro Otaki Falls, and steep yourself in history at Former Catholic Church Priest House.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Matsumoto trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Matsumoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Matsumoto are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 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 Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nagano, Kaminaridaki Falls, Zensanji Temple, Nunobiki Kannon, Ganshoin Temple
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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 Hego Forest.

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

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Matsumoto to Hachijo-machi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to 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.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, 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

Parks Beaches 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.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, 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

Parks Beaches 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, then see the interesting displays at Tokyo Metropolitan Oshima Park Tsubaki Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Toshiki Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, 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

Parks Beaches 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 Hozomon. Kids will enjoy Subway Museum and Fukagawa Edo Museum. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, explore the world behind art at National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, examine the collection at Fire Museum, and stop by Ginza Itoya Hontren.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo travel itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Oshima-machi to Tokyo with the Route module. August in Tokyo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. 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
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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, then steep 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, then get curious at Miyzaki Science Center, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Miyazaki trip planning website.

Fly from Tokyo to Miyazaki in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; 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 travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Miyazaki

Museums Parks Beaches

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, then get 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, then steep yourself in history at Kushifuru Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aratate Shrine, and finally admire the sheer force of Tamatare Falls.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Takachiho-cho trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Miyazaki to Takachiho-cho by combination of train and taxi takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; 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 Parks Nature

Side Trip

Aso
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 7:
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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, then look and learn at Hiroshima Children's Museum, then see the interesting displays at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum, and finally shop like a local with Monokoto Store.

To find ratings, where to stay, 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

Former Naval Academy, Museum of Japanese Emigration to Hawaii, Mikasahama Beach, Saikokuji Temple
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 ©
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. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National Museum of Ethnology and Nishinomiya Shrine. Go for a jaunt from Osaka to Akashi to see Amore Beach about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: look for gifts at 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.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka travel route site.

Getting from Hiroshima to Osaka by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. In September, daytime highs in Osaka are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 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, Nishinomiya Shrine, Amore Beach, National Museum of Ethnology, Asuka-dera Temple
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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