10 days in Japan Itinerary

10 days in Japan Itinerary

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10 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Urayasu
— 1 night
subway:  30​min
2
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
3
Nara
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Sydney

1
night
Urayasu

Urayasu ©
A city lying on Tokyo Bay, Urayasu used to stand separate from the giant metropolis next door, but now, even though it belongs to another prefecture, it seems part of the capital.
You've now added Tokyo Disneyland to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): buy something for everyone on your list at Ikspiari, find something for the whole family at Tokyo Disneyland, and then contemplate the long history of Seiryu Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Naritasan Omote Sando, then enjoy breathtaking views from Narita International Airport Terminal 1, and then find something for the whole family at Tokyo DisneySea.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Urayasu trip itinerary planning app .

Sydney, Australia to Urayasu is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect Urayasu to be cooler, temps between 13°C and 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to take the subway to Tokyo.

Things to do in Urayasu

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Narita
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Naritasan Omote Sando ©
Naritasan Omote Sando

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then make a trip to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and finally stroll through Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Odaiba and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary tool .

Tokyo is just a stone's throw from Urayasu. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Urayasu in December since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

2
nights
Nara

Nara ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nara Park. On the 12th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Byodoin, then appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, then stroll around Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodaiji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, then see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Jindoji Temple.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Nara journey website .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nara takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Jindoji Temple, Hase-dera Temple, Byodoin
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

3
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Himeji (Koko-en Garden & Himeji Castle). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senko-ji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Osaka online travel planner .

You can take a train from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Osaka are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Himeji
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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