18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
2
Nagano
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Nozawaonsen-mura
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  30​min
5
Osaka
— 4 nights
End: Osaka

4
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.
You've added National Museum of Nature and Science, Mega Web, Akihabara, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, buy something for everyone on your list at Ikspiari, and walk around Ueno Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Tokyo day trip website .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 4°C. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Nagano.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Ikspiari
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Mega Web ©
Mega Web

4
nights
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Explore Nagano's surroundings by going to Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park (in Yamanouchi-machi), Shiraito Falls (in Karuizawa-machi) and Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort (in Nozawaonsen-mura). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, read our Nagano itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Tokyo to Nagano by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in December, expect Nagano to be slightly colder, temps between 7°C and 0°C. On the 27th (Sun), you're off toKyoto.

Things to do in Nagano

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Shiraito Falls, Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
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Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ©
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Shiraito Falls ©
Shiraito Falls

2
nights
Nozawaonsen-mura

Nozawaonsen-mura ©
Many visitors take a trip to Nozawaonsen-mura, a picturesque hot spring village in Nagano Prefecture, to get away from it all.
Nozawa Onsen has been added to your itinerary. On the 27th (Sun), hit the slopes at Ryuoo Ski Park, head outdoors with Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, then hit the slopes at Nozawa Onsen, and finally don't miss a visit to Amidado. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): hit the slopes at Akakan Ski Area and then fly down the slopes at Madarao Mountain Resort.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Nozawaonsen-mura vacation maker site .

You can drive from Nagano to Nozawaonsen-mura in 1.5 hours. December in Nozawaonsen-mura sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nozawaonsen-mura

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Iiyama, Ryuoo Ski Park, Akakan Ski Area
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Nozawa Onsen ©
Nozawa Onsen
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ©
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
Ryuoo Ski Park ©
Ryuoo Ski Park

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Gion. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, and shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Kyoto online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by train from Nagano to Kyoto takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Nagano in December: high temperatures in Kyoto hover around 13°C and lows are around 4°C. On the 30th (Wed), you're off toOsaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shinsekai as well as Tempozan Ferris Wheel. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine & Nara Park). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and take a stroll through Dotonbori.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka online vacation planner .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. December in Osaka sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. You will leave for home on the 3rd (Sun).

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Nara
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

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