16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Cairns
Fly:  11​h
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
train:  30​min
2
Yokohama
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Kawaguchi
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
5
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Cairns

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.
On the 2nd (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, then admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and finally stroll through Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tokyo holiday builder tool .

Cairns, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairns to Tokyo is minus 1 hour. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Cairns in February; daily highs in Tokyo reach 12°C and lows reach 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can catch the train to Yokohama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks
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Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

5
nights
Yokohama

Yokohama ©
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura), Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi) and Gotemba Premium Outlets (in Gotemba). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, take a stroll through Yokohama Chinatown, get to know the resident critters at Capybara Land PUIPUI, and don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Yokohama tour itinerary tool .

Yokohama is very close to Tokyo. February in Yokohama sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kawaguchi.

Things to do in Yokohama

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Kamakura, Enoshima Island, Gotemba Premium Outlets, Lake Kawaguchi
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Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)

3
nights
Kawaguchi

Kawaguchi ©
Kawaguchi is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, in the central Kantō region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 578,727 and a population density of 9340 persons per km². Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): make a trip to Previously Tanaka Family House and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shakujo-ji Temple. On the next day, walk around Saiko Doman Green Park, browse the different shops at Aeon Lake Town, and then appreciate the history behind Ushiku Daibutsu.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kawaguchi tour builder app .

Drive from Yokohama to Kawaguchi in 1.5 hours. In February in Kawaguchi, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Kawaguchi

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Mount Tsukuba, Oarata Kotsu Park, Saiko Doman Green Park, AEON Lake Town, Ushiku Daibutsu
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Kawaguchi Green Center ©
Kawaguchi Green Center
Saiko Doman Green Park ©
Saiko Doman Green Park
Ushiku Daibutsu ©
Ushiku Daibutsu

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (in Fushimi), Higashiyama (Kiyomizu-dera Temple & Sanjusangendo Temple) and Arashiyama (in Kyoto). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, wander the streets of Dotonbori, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Osaka trip maker app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kawaguchi to Osaka. February in Osaka sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): wander the streets of Odaiba and then ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Tokyo Disneyland.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Osaka to Tokyo by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland

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