35 days in Japan Itinerary

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Osaka
— 11 nights
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
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Nara
— 2 nights
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Sapporo
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 16 nights
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Osaka — 11 nights

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.
Head to Dotombori District and Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Streetfor plenty of shopping. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Himeji Castle and Osaka Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Folk Museum of Kawanishi (in Kawanishi), Koshien History Museum (in Nishinomiya) and Kobe (Kobe Connection Art Museum, Kobe Fashion Museum, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, examine the collection at Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda, look for gifts at Four-M, and take a stroll through Minami (Namba).

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Osaka tour planner.

Perth, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Perth to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Perth in March, things will get much colder in Osaka: highs are around 16°C and lows about 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.
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Kyoto — 3 nights

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.
For shopping fun, head to Nishiki Market Shopping District or Fuuka-Kimono. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, learn the secrets of beer at 株式会社 MATATABI, and steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Nara.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping
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Nara — 2 nights

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): get a dose of the wild on Japan Tour Adventure in Nara, expand your horizons at Experience YAMATO, identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, then see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, and finally stop by Naramachi Nakanishi Yosaburo.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Nara road trip planning app.

Drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Kyoto in April since evenings lows in Nara dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Sapporo.
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Sapporo — 2 nights

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.
On the 8th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), then make a trip to Otaru Canal, then fly down the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Maruyama Genshirin. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Sapporo Clock Tower, get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, stop by Susukino, then walk around Odori Park, and finally examine the collection at Sapporo Beer Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sapporo trip planner.

You can fly from Nara to Sapporo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. While traveling from Nara, expect cooler days and slightly colder nights in Sapporo, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Tokyo.
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Tokyo — 16 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.
Get some cultural insight at Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Let the collections at Ghibli Museum Mitaka and National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan capture your imagination. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to America Camp Village (in Okutama-machi), Kamiyatsuno Okusuu (in Ogose-machi) and Minoyama Park (in Minano-machi). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Odaiba District, indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, explore the world behind art at Mori Art Museum, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip tool.

You can fly from Sapporo to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sapporo in April, with highs in Tokyo at 22°C and lows at 12°C. On the 26th (Wed), you're off to home.
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Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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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