19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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19 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  4​h 45​min
2
Takayama
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
5
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Food Tours and Mitsumine Shrine (Chichibu). Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal (in Naka), Mt. Takao (in Hachioji) and Kinchakuda Manjushage Park (in Hidaka). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) Terminal No2 Observation Deck, have some family-friendly fun at Samurai Armor Photo Studio, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To find ratings and tourist information, read Tokyo holiday builder app .

Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Brisbane to Tokyo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brisbane in November, expect Tokyo to be slightly colder, temps between 19°C and 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Mt. Takao, Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal, Kinchakuda Manjushage Park, Mitsumine Shrine (Chichibu)
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Food Tours
Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal ©
Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal

2
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): savor the flavors at Food & Drink, then wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, then admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daiouji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, then get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and then admire the landmark architecture of Takayama City Hall.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Takayama journey maker website .

You can drive from Tokyo to Takayama in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in Takayama sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trip

The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Wine Tours & Tastings

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Tofuku-ji Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Osaka (Hōzen-ji Temple & Universal Studios Japan). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, admire the natural beauty at Nanzen-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner .

Traveling by car from Takayama to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Takayama in December, you will find days in Kyoto are a bit warmer (13°C), and nights are about the same (4°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Osaka
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Step off the beaten path and head to Peace Bell and Hiroshima Museum of Art. Take a break from Hiroshima with a short trip to JMSDF Kure Museum in Kure, about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound, steep yourself in history at Peace Flame, and take in the views from Aioi Bridge.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima day trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

JMSDF Kure Museum
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Bell ©
Peace Bell
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple

3
nights
Tokyo

Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): savor the flavors at Food & Drink, admire the striking features of Tokyo Central Railway Station, and then stroll around Ueno Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kōtoku-in and then shop like a local with Asakusa.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Tokyo journey planning site .

Getting from Hiroshima to Tokyo by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Tours Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kōtoku-in
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Happoen Garden ©
Happoen Garden
Ueno Park ©
Ueno Park

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