28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Fukuoka
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
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Sendai
— 2 nights
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Hakodate
— 2 nights
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Sapporo
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
— 2 nights

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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.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, take a stroll through Odaiba District, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo online trip builder.

Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Brisbane in December: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 14°C and lows are around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trip

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Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©

City of Yatai

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 9th (Wed): stroll through Komyozen-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Tenman-gu, then enjoy breathtaking views from Komenoyama Obsevatory, then don't miss a visit to Yatai, and finally admire the striking features of Hakata Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tochoji Temple, take in panoramic vistas at Fukuoka Tower, then go for a walk through Ohori Park, and finally explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Fukuoka trip tool.

You can fly from Tokyo to Fukuoka in 4 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 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Side Trips

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Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Hakata Station ©
Hakata Station

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©

City of Peace

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 11th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Miyajima, and then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip website.

Getting from Fukuoka to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 11 — 12:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum (in Kobe), Himeji (Himeji Castle, Nishi no Maru, &more) and Nara Park (in Nara). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, don't miss a visit to Ukiyokoji Street, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koyasan Okunoin, and take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka trip maker site.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, hike along Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course, and don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Osaka to Kyoto by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sendai.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 20:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

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Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
On the 21st (Mon), don't miss a visit to Jozenji-dori Avenue, make a trip to Sendai Station, wander the streets of Sunmall Ichibancho, then get engrossed in the history at Zuihoden, then step into the grandiose world of Aoba Castle Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Sendaijo Ato. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): see the interesting displays at Tanabata Museum, explore the striking landscape at Umanose, go for a stroll along the water at Matsushima Bay, take in the spiritual surroundings of Entsu-in Temple, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally steep yourself in history at Godaido.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Sendai trip itinerary site.

Getting from Kyoto to Sendai by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kyoto in December, you will find days in Sendai are a bit cooler (8°C), and nights are about the same (5°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can catch the train to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sendai

Side Trips

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Sendaijo Ato ©
Sendaijo Ato
Jozenji-dori Avenue ©
Jozenji-dori Avenue
Entsu-in Temple ©
Entsu-in Temple

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Hakodate

Hakodate ©

City of Lights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakodate: Nanae-cho (Onuma Quasi-National Park, Onuma Park Walking Path, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park, look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, and take a stroll through Motomachi.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hakodate online trip maker.

Traveling by train from Sendai to Hakodate takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sendai in December: high temperatures in Hakodate hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:
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Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park
Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower

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Sapporo

Sapporo ©

CIty of Ramen

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Otaru (Asakusa Bridge, Otaru Canal, &more). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Odori Park, make a trip to Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38, get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and stroll through Mt. Moiwa.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Sapporo trip maker website.

You can fly from Hakodate to Sapporo in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. When traveling from Hakodate in December, plan for little chillier days in Sapporo, with highs around 0°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 29:
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): stop by Ginza, then take a stroll through Akihabara, then have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and finally get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip builder website.

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Tokyo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Sapporo, expect warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 14°C to lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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