19 days in Japan & Hong Kong Itinerary

19 days in Japan & Hong Kong Itinerary

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19 days in Japan & Hong Kong Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly:  15​h
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
3
Kobe, Japan
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
4
Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
+4
train + subway + Fly + taxi + train:  5​h 45​min
5
Nagano, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Shirakawa, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
7
Tokyo, Japan
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
8
Hong Kong, China
— 1 day
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Brisbane, Australia

6
nights
Tokyo, Japan

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Robot Restaurant, Arashio Beya, Meiji Jingu Shrine, and other attractions you added. Get outdoors at Pola Museum of Art and Kiyose Sunflower Farm. Do some cultural sightseeing at Nezu Shrine and Sensō-ji. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Yokohama Nature Sanctuary (in Sakae), Oyama Afuri Shrine (in Isehara) and Samukawa Shrine (in Samukawa-machi). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Yanaka.

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Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Brisbane to Tokyo. Traveling from Brisbane in December, expect Tokyo to be colder, temps between 14°C and 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Samukawa Shrine, Oyama Afuri Shrine, Kiyose Sunflower Farm, Pola Museum of Art, Yokohama Nature Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Yokohama Nature Sanctuary ©
Yokohama Nature Sanctuary
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Yanaka ©
Yanaka

4
nights
Kyoto, Japan

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 off the beaten path and head to Jojakkoji Temple and Sanzen-in Temple. Toshodaiji Temple and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Nara (Mt. Wakakusa, Nigatsu-do Temple, & more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja, wander the streets of Pontocho, steep yourself in history at Ninna-ji Temple, and get great views at Mt. Kurama.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto online trip planner .

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nara, Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
Ninna-ji Temple ©
Ninna-ji Temple
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple

1
night
Kobe, Japan

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): examine the collection at UCC Coffee Museum, then admire the sheer force of Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki), then see the interesting displays at Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, and finally wander the streets of Chinatown (Nankinmachi).

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kobe trip itinerary builder website .

Kobe is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In December, daily temperatures in Kobe can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kobe

Museums Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum ©
Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum
Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki) ©
Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki)
UCC Coffee Museum ©
UCC Coffee Museum

2
nights
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 22nd (Sun), contemplate the long history of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, then pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, and finally examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Seishin Tsurui, then kick back and relax at Mikasahama Beach, then head off the coast to Miyajima, and finally appreciate the history behind Peace Flame.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima trip itinerary maker .

You can take a train from Kobe to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. December in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Nagano.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, JMSDF Kure Museum
Highlights from your plan
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Miyajima ©
Miyajima

2
nights
Nagano, Japan

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple, look for all kinds of wild species at Iizuna Highlands Oyachi Marsh, take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Jinja Hokosha, then take an in-depth tour of Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum, then make a trip to Sanada House, and finally contemplate the long history of Matsushiro.

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Do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Nagano in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Hiroshima in December: high temperatures in Nagano hover around 7°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Shirakawa.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Matsushiro ©
Matsushiro

1
night
Shirakawa, Japan

Shirakawa ©
Shirakawa is a city located in Fukushima Prefecture, in northern Honshū, Japan. On the 25th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Shirakawa Haristos Othodox Church, explore the historical opulence of Komine Castle Remains, then take an in-depth tour of Shirakawa Collection Garden, and finally get engrossed in the history at Auschwitz Peace Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Nishinosato Promenade, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yatsuki Tsutsukowake Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iwatsutsukowake Shrine.

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You can drive from Nagano to Shirakawa in 4 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Shirakawa can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shirakawa

Parks Trails Historic Sites

Side Trips

Iwatsutsukowake Shrine, Yatsuki Tsutsukowake Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Komine Castle Remains ©
Komine Castle Remains
Iwatsutsukowake Shrine ©
Iwatsutsukowake Shrine
Yatsuki Tsutsukowake Shrine ©
Yatsuki Tsutsukowake Shrine

1
night
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo
To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip builder app .

You can take a train from Nagano to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Nagano in December; daily highs in Tokyo reach 14°C and lows reach 4°C. You will leave for Hong Kong on the 27th (Fri).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

1
day
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
On the 27th (Fri), trek along Dragon's Back and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hong Kong trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Tokyo to Hong Kong by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tokyo to Hong Kong. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Tokyo in December: highs in Hong Kong hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Po Lin Monastery ©
Po Lin Monastery
Dragon's Back ©
Dragon's Back

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