12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
3
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  4​h 15​min
4
Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Brisbane

3
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Brisbane to Tokyo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brisbane in September, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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.
Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, make a trip to Heian Shrine, and examine the collection at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto tour site .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Universal Studios Japan
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

1
night
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, then contemplate the long history of Himeji Castle, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Himeji trip maker site .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Himeji, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

3
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): explore the world behind art at Narukawa Art Museum, explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and then make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kawaguchi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and finally take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway.

Before you visit Hakone-machi, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hakone-machi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Himeji in September; daily highs in Hakone-machi reach 24°C and lows reach 22°C. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Fujikawaguchiko-machi
Highlights from your plan
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)

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