29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Sapporo
— 2 nights
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Hakodate
— 2 nights
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Sendai
— 2 nights
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
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Himeji
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
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Takamatsu
— 1 day
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Fukuoka
— 2 nights
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Kagoshima
— 2 nights
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Nagasaki
— 7 nights
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Osaka
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Tokyo — 5 nights

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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and explore the galleries of Tokyo National Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tokyo day trip planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Brisbane to Tokyo. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in November; daily highs in Tokyo reach 19°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Sapporo.
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Find places to stay Nov 25 — 30:

Sapporo — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): fly down the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, then explore the activities along Otaru Canal, and then enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, then stroll around Odori Park, and then take a stroll through Susukino.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sapporo trip itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Tokyo to Sapporo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Tokyo in November, plan for colder days in Sapporo, with highs around 6°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Hakodate.
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Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 2:

Hakodate — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, and then stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse. Keep things going the next day: hunt for treasures at Hakodate Morning Market, get engrossed in the history at Goryokaku Tower, and then contemplate the long history of Goryokaku Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Hakodate trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Sapporo to Hakodate by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. December in Hakodate sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Sendai.
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Find places to stay Dec 2 — 4:

Sendai — 2 nights

Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
On the 5th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Zuihoden, then don't miss a visit to Sendai Station, and then don't miss a visit to Jozenji-dori Avenue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Sendaijo Ato, then go for a stroll along the water at Matsushima Bay, and then take an in-depth tour of Michinoku Date Masamune Historical Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Sendai online itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Hakodate to Sendai takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Hakodate in December, with highs in Sendai at 8°C and lows at 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kanazawa.
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Kanazawa — 3 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, and wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Sendai to Kanazawa takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. December in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.
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Find places to stay Dec 6 — 9:

Himeji — 2 nights

The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
On the 10th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, and then steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru. On the next day, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and then don't miss a visit to Otemae Street.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Himeji vacation planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Himeji by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Himeji are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.
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Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:

Hiroshima — 1 night

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hiroshima online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Himeji to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. On the 12th (Mon), you'll travel to Takamatsu.
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Find places to stay Dec 11 — 12:

Takamatsu — 1 day

A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
On the 12th (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Tamamo Park, go for a walk through Ritsurin Garden, and then step into the grandiose world of Takamatsu Castle.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Takamatsu trip itinerary maker app.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Takamatsu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Takamatsu are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Fukuoka.
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Find places to stay Dec 12 — 13:

Fukuoka — 2 nights

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): go for a walk through Ohori Park, then don't miss a visit to Fukuoka Tower, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center. On the next day, take a stroll through Nakasu District, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazaifu Tenman-gu, and then admire the striking features of Hakata Station.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka route planner.

You can fly from Takamatsu to Fukuoka in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. December in Fukuoka sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can take a train to Kagoshima.
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Find places to stay Dec 12 — 14:

Kagoshima — 2 nights

Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Shiroyama Observatory, then make a trip to Sengan-en, and then pause for some photo ops at Saigo Takamori Statue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): make a trip to Tenmonkan, then see the interesting displays at Museum of the Meiji Restoration, and then browse the different shops at Amu Plaza Kagoshima.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kagoshima vacation planner.

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Kagoshima in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Kagoshima are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagasaki.
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Find places to stay Dec 14 — 16:

Nagasaki — 7 nights

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagasaki: Nagasaki Bio Park (in Saikai) and Huis Ten Bosch (in Sasebo). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, step off the mainland to explore Hashima Island, and see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Nagasaki visit planner.

Take a train from Kagoshima to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. December in Nagasaki sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to fly to Osaka.
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Find places to stay Dec 16 — 23:

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.
To plan Osaka vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by flight from Nagasaki to Osaka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. On the 23rd (Fri), you're off to home.
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Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:

Japan travel guide

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Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.
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Hokkaido travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Landmarks · Parks
The northernmost of Japan's big four islands, Hokkaido seems a world apart from the rest of the country, with nearly a quarter of its total land area and only five percent of the population. To the Japanese, this island is synonymous with photogenic mountains and abundant wildlife. To most foreign visitors, a vacation in Hokkaido means exploring an area reminiscent of northern Europe, abundant in waterfalls, hot springs, volcanoes, mossy canyons, and peaceful lakes. Hokkaido also boasts the world's longest railway tunnel, the only land connection between this and Japan's main island Honshu.
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Shikoku travel guide

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Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Castles
Spiritual Island
The smallest of Japan's four main islands, Shikoku remains one of the country's forgotten tourist destinations, still considered little more than a rural backwater. Despite this reputation, the island boasts numerous notable temples and outstanding hiking areas, sure to satisfy nature lovers and those looking to add a bit of culture to their visit. Shikoku tourism gets a boost from its famed "88 Temple Route," appealing to pilgrims seeking spiritual perfection, as well as pristine natural scenery of picturesque rivers and majestic mountains. Thanks to the area's rugged but easily accessible wilderness, some of the most popular things to do in Shikoku include hiking, kayaking, surfing, climbing, and sailing.
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