52 days in Japan Itinerary

52 days in Japan Itinerary

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52 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  15​min
5
Kita
— 34 nights
train:  3​h
6
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Myoko
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​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.
To see photos and other tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip site .

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get colder in Tokyo: highs are around 14°C and lows about 4°C. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kanazawa.
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:
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Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Shibuya Crossing ©
Shibuya Crossing

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): contemplate the long history of Higashichaya Old Town, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa journey tool .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. While traveling from Tokyo, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 11°C to lows of 3°C. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Sun) before leaving for Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): make a trip to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, take in panoramic vistas at Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, then contemplate the long history of Wada House, and finally take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Takayama online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Takayama takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, wander the streets of Gion, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Takayama to Kyoto by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Takayama in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kita.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

34
nights
Kita

Kita ©
A Kita holiday offers a great deal of varied attractions that cater to all kinds of modern urban explorers.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Universal Studios Japan. Get out of town with these interesting Kita side-trips: Ibaraki (Ai Burial Mound 1, Ninchoji Temple, & more), Mino (Waterfall of Mino, Tojin Modoriiwa, & more) and Koya-cho (Koyasan Daimon, Kongobu-ji Temple, & more). Pack the 5th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Hirakata Park.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kita trip itinerary builder website .

Kita is very close to Kyoto. In December, daily temperatures in Kita can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kita

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Osaka, Takatsuki, Ibaraki, Yao, Suita
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 31:
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Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 1st (Fri), take a stroll through Akihabara, then stroll through Ueno Park, then take a stroll through Asakusa, and finally make a trip to Nakamise Shopping Street (Kaminarimon).

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kita to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Myoko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 2:
Highlights from your plan
Akihabara ©
Akihabara
Ueno Park ©
Ueno Park
Asakusa ©
Asakusa

7
nights
Myoko

Myoko ©
The small town of Myoko, nestled between five mountain peaks, attracts skiing and winter-sport enthusiasts with its famed resorts and abundant snowfall.
Get out of town with these interesting Myoko side-trips: Godo's Big Ginkgo Biloba Tree (in Iiyama), Hakuba-mura (Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, Shirasawa Tunnel, & more) and Issa Kobayashi Residence Place (in Shinano-machi). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, witness a stunning natural landmark at Yubatake, head outdoors with Ryuoo Mountain Park, and make a trip to Yugama.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Myoko trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Tokyo to Myoko in 4 hours. You'll set off for home on the 9th (Sat).

Things to do in Myoko

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kusatsu-machi, Yamanouchi-machi, Hakuba-mura, Godo's Big Ginkgo Biloba Tree, Issa Kobayashi Residence Place
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort ©
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ©
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort

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