15 days in East Asia Itinerary

15 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan holiday planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train
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Nagano
— 4 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 3 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
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Tokyo

— 3 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like KidZania Tokyo and Kanda Myojin. Kids will appreciate attractions like Gundam Front Tokyo and Kappabashi Street (Kappabashi Dogugai). The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, steep yourself in history at Hie Jinjya, take a stroll through Ueno District, and examine the collection at Samurai Museum.

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Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Brisbane in January, expect Tokyo to be cooler, temps between 11°C and 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Nagano.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

Nagano

— 4 nights
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort and Snow Monkey Resorts. Kids will enjoy Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area and Yuzawa Nakazato Ski Resort. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagano: Myoko (Seki Onsen Ski Resort, Akakan Ski Area, &more), Nozawa Onsen (in Nozawaonsen-mura) and Yamanouchi-machi (Okushiga Kogen Ski Area & Jigokudani Funsen). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Ponshukan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Kuzuryusha, look for all kinds of wild species at Iizuna Highlands Oyachi Marsh, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Jizuki.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagano online holiday planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Nagano in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tokyo in January, with highs in Nagano at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagano

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then get to know the fascinating history of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toji, see the interesting displays at Kyoto Railway Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamigamo Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planning site.

You can take a train from Nagano to Kyoto in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, subway, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Nagano in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Kyoto: highs are around 10°C and lows about 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Spas

Osaka

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Nishinomiya Shrine and Izanagi Shrine. Family-friendly places like Universal Studios Japan and Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Higashiten Shrine (in Itami) and Awaji (Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum & Awajima Island Hachijouji). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Kids Plaza Osaka, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Osaka itinerary website.

Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Osaka are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Atago Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Zojo-ji Temple, then make a trip to Tokyo Tower, then contemplate the long history of Kawasaki Daishi, and finally stroll around Yamashita Park.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tokyo sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips