16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Narita
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hakuba-mura
— 8 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Narita
— 1 night
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Narita

— 2 nights
Pilgrims and aviators come to Narita, a town known during the Edo period for its temple, and now known primarily for its airport.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): make a trip to Inubozaki Lighthouse, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Katori Jingu Shrine, then get a taste of life in the country at Narita Yume Farm, and finally stop by Shimoda Kouseidou.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Narita trip planner.

Gold Coast, Australia to Narita is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Gold Coast to Narita. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Gold Coast in January, with highs in Narita at 11°C and lows at -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Narita

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Hakuba-mura

— 8 nights
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hakuba-mura: Yamanouchi-machi (Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park & Jigokudani Funsen), Nagano (Zenko-ji Temple & Seisui-ji Temple Kannon-do) and Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort (in Nozawaonsen-mura). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Matsumoto Castle, fly down the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, admire the natural beauty at Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden, and indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hakuba-mura trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Narita to Hakuba-mura in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Narita in January: highs in Hakuba-mura hover around 3°C, while lows dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planning site.

Drive from Hakuba-mura to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakuba-mura in January, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 11°C and 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Narita.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Narita

— 1 night
On the 4th (Tue), stroll around Sakura no yama Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Narita International Airport Terminal 1, walk around Naritasan Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple, then contemplate the long history of Naritasan Omote Sando, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Three-storied Pagoda.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Narita day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Narita takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Narita, with lows of 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Narita

Historic Sites · Parks

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.