16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  13 h 15 min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
2
Shinano-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Azumino
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
4
Matsumoto
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  4 h
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
6
Himeji
— 1 day
Train:  45 min
7
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  15 h 15 min
End: Brisbane

5
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.
Bring the kids along to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Tokyo Disneyland. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip website.

Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Tokyo is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Brisbane in April, expect Tokyo to be slightly colder, temps between 22°C and 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Shinano-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

1
night
Shinano-machi

Shinano-machi
To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Shinano-machi driving holiday planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Shinano-machi by car takes about 4 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in April: highs in Shinano-machi hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 10°C. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll travel to Azumino.

Things to do in Shinano-machi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

1
night
Azumino

Azumino ©
Nestled between two mountain ranges, the beautiful city of Azumino serves as a gateway to the Japanese Alps.
On the 23rd (Mon), experience rural life at Daio Wasabi Farm.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Azumino trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Shinano-machi to Azumino takes 2 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Matsumoto.
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Daio Wasabi Farm ©
Daio Wasabi Farm

1
night
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
On the 24th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Kaichi Gakko Primary School, explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, then wander the streets of Nawate Shopping District, then wander the streets of Nakamachi Street, and finally steep yourself in history at Yohashira Shrine.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Matsumoto trip planner.

Matsumoto is just a short distance from Azumino. In April in Matsumoto, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Kaichi Gakko Primary School ©
Kaichi Gakko Primary School
Yohashira Shrine ©
Yohashira Shrine

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument and then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Matsumoto to Hiroshima takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. April in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Miyajima
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima
Miyajima
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

1
day
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and then make a trip to Otemae Street.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Himeji vacation website.

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. April in Himeji sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Otemae Street ©
Otemae Street

4
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
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.
Step out of Kyoto to go to Osaka and see Universal Studios Japan, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Arashiyama, make a trip to Nijo Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Heian Shrine.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto journey maker tool.

Getting from Himeji to Kyoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trip

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

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