29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): make a trip to Holy Resurrection Cathedral, stroll around Kitanomaru Park, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoyogi Hachimangu Shrine.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tokyo vacation planning website.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Tokyo. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Sydney in August: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Tue) before leaving for Miyazaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks
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Holy Resurrection Cathedral ©
Holy Resurrection Cathedral
St. Mary's Cathedral, Tokyo ©
St. Mary's Cathedral, Tokyo
Yoyogi Hachimangu Shrine ©
Yoyogi Hachimangu Shrine

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): make a trip to Saitobaru Tomb. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Aoshima Beach, browse the exhibits of Gallery Kodama, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Omi Shrine.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Miyazaki itinerary builder app.

Fly from Tokyo to Miyazaki in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Miyazaki can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Miyazaki

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Saitobaru Tomb, Gallery Kodama, Omi Shrine
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 14:
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Miyazaki Prefectural Museum of Nature and History ©
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.
Kaguraden and Kushifuru Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Aratate Shrine and Amanomanai. Change things up with these side-trips from Takachiho-cho: Minamiaso-mura (Michi-no-Eki Asobonosato Kugino & Aso Highland Museum Park) and Aso (Aso Station, Shiroyama Observation Deck, &more). The adventure continues: make a trip to Tunnel Station.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Takachiho-cho trip builder app.

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Miyazaki to Takachiho-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. 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
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 16:
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Kaguraden ©
Kaguraden
Aratate Shrine ©
Aratate Shrine
Michi-no-Eki Asobonosato Kugino ©
Michi-no-Eki Asobonosato Kugino

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.
Visiting Setonaikai and Mikasahama Beach will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate Former Naval Academy and Saikokuji Temple. Next up on the itinerary: have fun and explore at Hiroshima Children's Museum, browse the different shops at Asse, stop by Monokoto Store, and examine the collection at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima route planner.

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. In August in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow 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
Hiroshima Children's Museum ©
Hiroshima Children's Museum
Peace Flame ©
Peace Flame

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.
Miho Museum and Daikaku-ji are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Ishiyamadera Temple and Kotoin. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Uji to see Mimurotoji Temple about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Yasakanoto, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hosenin, and browse for treasures at Kyoto Kimono Rental Sakura.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kyoto tour itinerary planning website.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Otsu, Miho Museum, Mimurotoji Temple
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Miho Museum ©
Miho Museum
Jojakkoji Temple ©
Jojakkoji Temple
Ishiyamadera Temple ©
Ishiyamadera 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.
Hikaru Museum and Furui Machinami Museum Kiyoshi Yamashita Gengaten will appeal to museum buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Osakacho Waterfalls and Sakurayama Nikkokan. When in Takayama, make a side trip to see Ogimachi in Shirakawa-mura, approximately Shirakawa-mura away. There's still lots to do: test the waters at a local thermal spa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hida Ichinomiya Mizunashi Shrine, learn something new at Daiou-ji Temple, and admire the landmark architecture of Funasaka Shuzo Brewery.

To find out how to plan a trip to Takayama, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Takayama takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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) to allow time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Neighborhoods Spas

Side Trips

Ogimachi, Osakacho Waterfalls
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Hikaru Museum ©
Hikaru Museum
Osakacho Waterfalls ©
Osakacho Waterfalls
Thermal Spas

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nunobiki Kannon and Fukashi Shrine. Step out of the city life by going to Bandokoro Otaki Falls and Mt. Ogato. Change things up with a short trip to Zensanji Temple in Ueda (about 56 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hodaka Shrine Okumiya, steep yourself in history at Former Catholic Church Priest House, stroll the grounds of Koboyama Ancient Tomb, and take an in-depth tour of Azusagawa Akademia Hall.

Make your Matsumoto itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Takayama to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Matsumoto can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time 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:
Highlights from your plan
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Trappist Monasteries and Onuma Lake. Hakodate City Northern Pacific Fishery's Document Museum and Shinoridate Remains are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Hakodate to go to Nanae-cho and see Hokkaido Konbukan, which is approximately 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Esan, try your luck at Hakodate Horse Racetrack, look for gifts at Hakodate Tsutaya Books, and admire the striking features of Kyu Soma-tei.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Hakodate trip planner.

You can fly from Matsumoto to Hakodate in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Matsumoto in August; daily highs in Hakodate reach 28°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nanae-cho, Trappist Monasteries
Find places to stay Aug 28 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Trappist Monasteries ©
Trappist Monasteries
Kyu Soma-tei ©
Kyu Soma-tei
Hakodate Tsutaya Books ©
Hakodate Tsutaya Books

4
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Hokkaido Museum Morino Charenga and Edwin Dun Memorial Hall. Attractions like Toyako Volcano Science Museum and Sapporo Science Center make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sapporo: Toyako Visitor Center (in Toyako-cho) and Tomioka Catholic Church (in Otaru). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokkaido Shrine Tongu, see the interesting displays at Watanabe Junichi Museum of Literature, admire the landmark architecture of Sapporo Christ Church, and sample the tasty concoctions at Asahi Breweries Hokkaido Brewery.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sapporo trip tool.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Hakodate to Sapporo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Toyako-cho, Tomioka Catholic Church
Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 4:
Highlights from your plan
Hokkaido Museum Morino Charenga ©
Hokkaido Museum Morino Charenga
Hokkaido Shrine Tongu ©
Hokkaido Shrine Tongu
Mt. Teine ©
Mt. Teine

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 5th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Ikegami Hommon-ji Temple, admire the masterpieces at Suntory Museum of Art, admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, then don't miss a visit to Hozomon, and finally admire the natural beauty at Kyu Iwasakitei Teien. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Fire Museum, stroll the grounds of Yanaka Cemetery Park, then take an in-depth tour of Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Fukagawa Edo Museum, and finally examine the collection at Nissan Crossing.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Tokyo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Sapporo in September, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 6:
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Hozomon ©
Hozomon
Fire Museum ©
Fire Museum
Nissan Crossing ©
Nissan Crossing

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