16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Gold Coast
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  5 h 45 min
2
Niseko-cho
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Furano
— 2 nights
+3
Bus + Fly + Tram + Train:  7 h 15 min
4
Yuzawa-machi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Iiyama
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
6
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Gold Coast

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.
For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary maker app .

Gold Coast, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Gold Coast to Tokyo is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Gold Coast in January, things will get much colder in Tokyo: highs are around 11°C and lows about 1°C. On the 25th (Sat), you'll travel to Niseko-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

3
nights
Niseko-cho

Niseko-cho ©
Ranking as the most popular ski resort in Hokkaido, mountaintop Niseko-cho boasts great slopes and surprisingly vibrant nightlife.
Step out of Niseko-cho to go to Kutchan-cho and see Niseko Hanazono Resort, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: fly down the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place, trot along with a tour on horseback, head outdoors with Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Toya.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Niseko-cho day trip app .

Explore your travel options from Tokyo to Niseko-cho with the Route module. In January, Niseko-cho is a bit cooler than Tokyo - with highs of 0°C and lows of -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Furano.

Things to do in Niseko-cho

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kutchan-cho, Lake Toya
Highlights from your plan
Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort
Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort ©
Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort

2
nights
Furano

Furano ©
Situated in the center of the island, Furano has become known for its idyllic rural landscape, and the drastic changes it experiences as seasons shift.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take a memorable drive along Ken & Mary Tree, make a trip to Ningle Terrace, head outdoors with Furano Ski Resort, then stop by Furano Marche, and finally stop by Goro's Stone House. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Torinuma Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Shikisai no Oka, then contemplate the waterfront views at Shirogane Blue Pond, and finally admire the sheer force of Shirahige Falls.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Furano online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Niseko-cho to Furano takes 4 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Niseko-cho in January, with highs in Furano at -5°C and lows at -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yuzawa-machi.

Things to do in Furano

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Biei-cho
Highlights from your plan
Furano Ski Resort ©
Furano Ski Resort
Shirogane Blue Pond ©
Shirogane Blue Pond
Ningle Terrace ©
Ningle Terrace

3
nights
Yuzawa-machi

Yuzawa-machi ©
It takes just over one hour to reach Yuzawa-machi from the country's capital by bullet train.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Naeba Ski Resort. Get out of town with these interesting Yuzawa-machi side-trips: Minamiuonuma (Ishiuchi Maruyama Ski Resort & Maiko Snow Resort) and Onsen Resorts (in Minakami-machi). Spend the 1st (Sat) exploring nature at Nikko National Park. There's much more to do: hit the slopes at Kagura Ski Resort, head outdoors with Forrest Adventure Yuzawa Nakazato, relax in the rural setting at Yukiguni Agripark Yuzawa Ichigo-mura, and don't miss a visit to Ponshukan.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Yuzawa-machi road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and train from Furano to Yuzawa-machi takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Iiyama.

Things to do in Yuzawa-machi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Minamiuonuma, Onsen Resorts, Nikko National Park
Highlights from your plan
Naeba Ski Resort ©
Naeba Ski Resort
Nikko National Park ©
Nikko National Park
Maiko Snow Resort ©
Maiko Snow Resort

2
nights
Iiyama

Iiyama ©
Iiyama is a city located in northern Nagano Prefecture, in the Chūbu region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 20,989 and a population density of 104 persons per km². You've now added Madarao Mountain Resort to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): explore the activities along Hokuryu Lake, then get outside with Togari Onsen Ski Resort, and then get outside with Madarao Mountain Resort. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Suginohara, step off the mainland to explore Biwa Island, and then identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Iiyama trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Yuzawa-machi to Iiyama takes 2 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 4°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Iiyama

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Suginohara, Biwa Island, Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Highlights from your plan
Togari Onsen Ski Resort ©
Togari Onsen Ski Resort
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Suginohara ©
Suginohara

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and finally get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Odaiba and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Iiyama to Tokyo by car takes about 4 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Iiyama in February, with highs in Tokyo at 12°C and lows at 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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