16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  5 h
2
Akita
— 2 nights
Train:  5 h 15 min
3
Nikko
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
5
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h
6
Yokohama
— 2 nights
Fly:  12 h 15 min
End: Sydney

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu and Okada Museum of Art. Get outdoors at Mt. Kintoki and Hakone Stone‐paved Road. Change things up with these side-trips from Hakone-machi: Satta-toge Pass (in Shizuoka), Oyama Afuri Shrine (in Isehara) and Gempeigawa River (in Mishima). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Kiunkaku, explore the world behind art at Narukawa Art Museum, get engrossed in the history at Hakone Shrine Homotsuden, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Choanji Temple.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi route website .

Sydney, Australia to Hakone-machi is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Hakone-machi due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect Hakone-machi to be much colder, temps between 5°C and 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Akita.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Oyama Afuri Shrine, Gempeigawa River, Kiunkaku, Satta-toge Pass
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Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
Kiunkaku ©
Kiunkaku
Satta-toge Pass ©
Satta-toge Pass

2
nights
Akita

Akita ©
The coastal city of Akita has gained a wider reputation for its Kanto Matsuri, or "pole lantern festival," where skilled performers balance long bamboo poles on their foreheads with glowing paper lanterns attached to the end.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Tuchizaki Minato Historical Lore Museum, stop by Michi-no-Eki Showa, get to know the fascinating history of Nanohana Road, examine the collection at Mining Museum of Akita University, then browse the different shops at Akita Station Building Topico, and finally get engrossed in the history at Katsuhira Tokushi Memorial. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at The Satake Historical Material Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Karamatsu Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seitai Hoshikai, and finally get engrossed in the history at Shoji Taro Ongakukan.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Akita trip planner .

Getting from Hakone-machi to Akita by combination of flight and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Hakone-machi in January, with highs in Akita at 1°C and lows at -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Nikko.

Things to do in Akita

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Nanohana Road, Karamatsu Shrine, Michi-no-Eki Showa
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Seitai Hoshikai ©
Seitai Hoshikai
The Satake Historical Material Museum ©
Mining Museum of Akita University ©
Mining Museum of Akita University

2
nights
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
On the 31st (Fri), appreciate the extensive heritage of Cryptomeria Avenue, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Nantai, then contemplate the long history of Nikko Futarasan Jinja Chugushi Shrine, then trek along Odashirogahara, and finally stop by Nikko Okaki Factory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sat): test the waters at a local thermal spa, take in breathtaking views at Setoai-kyo Canyon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Onsenji Temple, then contemplate the long history of Kanaya Hotel History House, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Furumine Jinja.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Nikko trip planning website .

Getting from Akita to Nikko by train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Akita in January, expect Nikko to be somewhat warmer, temps between 7°C and 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Furumine Jinja
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Onsenji Temple ©
Onsenji Temple
Odashirogahara ©
Odashirogahara
Furumine Jinja ©
Furumine Jinja

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.
Popular historic sites such as Kanda Myojin and Nezu Shrine are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Ueno and Mt. Takao. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Naritasan Omote Sando (in Narita) and Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine (in Omiya). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Yanaka, browse the different shops at Ikspiari, shop like a local with Ginza, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hie Jinjya.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo tour planner .

Getting from Nikko to Tokyo by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Nikko in February, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 12°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine, Naritasan Omote Sando, Ikspiari, Mt. Takao
Highlights from your plan
Kanda Myojin ©
Kanda Myojin
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine ©
Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, take a stroll through Dotonbori, get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, examine the collection at Glico Museum, then take a stroll through Midosuji Street, and finally wander the streets of Minami (Namba). On your second day here, get a sense of history and politics at Mint Museum, then see the interesting displays at Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda, then admire the verdant scenery at Arima Onsen, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishinomiya Shrine.

To find out how to plan a trip to Osaka, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Osaka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Yokohama.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Arima Onsen, Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda, Nishinomiya Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum ©
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum
Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda ©
Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda
Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Samukawa Shrine, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory, wander the streets of Minato Mirai 21, then examine the collection at Japan Coast Guard Museum Yokohama, and finally wander the streets of Yokohama Chinatown. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Memorial Warships Mikasa, get to know the fascinating history of Shomyo-ji Temple, and then see the interesting displays at Yokohama Port Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Yokohama online route builder .

Getting from Osaka to Yokohama by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In February in Yokohama, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yokohama

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Memorial Warships Mikasa, Samukawa Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Samukawa Shrine ©
Samukawa Shrine
Minato Mirai 21 ©
Minato Mirai 21
Memorial Warships Mikasa ©
Memorial Warships Mikasa

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