20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  9​h
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  3​h
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
4
Kobe
— 1 night
train:  1​h
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  5​h
6
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Yamanouchi-machi
— 2 nights
taxi + train:  2​h 30​min
8
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Brisbane


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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Statue of Hachiko & Hidesaburo Ueno, Shibuya Center-gai, Kiddy Land Harajuku, and other attractions you added. There's more to do: explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner .

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. On the 25th (Mon), you'll travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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.
Shop till you drop at Kyoto Station Building and Kiyomizuyaki no Sato. Explore hidden gems such as Kyoto Railway Museum and Yoshimine-dera. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, admire the striking features of Chishaku-in, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Unryuin.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto day trip planning site .

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Yoshimine-dera ©
Yoshimine-dera
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple
Kyoto Railway Museum ©
Kyoto Railway Museum

3
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.
Toshodaiji Temple and Koyasan Danjo Garan are good opportunities to explore the local culture. For shopping fun, head to Dotonbori or Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Horyu-ji Temple (in Ikaruga-cho), Joruri Temple (in Kizugawa) and Nigatsu-do Temple (in Nara). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and look for gifts at Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Osaka online attractions planner .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. In November in Osaka, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. On the 1st (Sun), you'll travel to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho, Sakurai, Joruri Temple, Horyu-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan

1
night
Kobe

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kobe Shu-shin-kan Breweries, Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum and Himeji Castle. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take a stroll through Kobe Harborland, see the interesting displays at UCC Coffee Museum, then see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Kobe Shu-shin-kan Breweries.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kobe trip maker tool .

Kobe is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In December, daytime highs in Kobe are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Museums

Side Trip

Himeji Castle
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
UCC Coffee Museum ©
UCC Coffee Museum
Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland

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.
On the next day, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima day trip site .

You can take a train from Kobe to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Other options are to 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 by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Hakone Museum of Art, examine the collection at Lalique Museum Hakone, hike along Hakone Stone‐paved Road, then explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and finally stop by Chayahonjin Hotoriya.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Hakone-machi route website .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Hakone-machi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Hiroshima in December, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around 5°C, while days are slightly colder, around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Oyama Afuri Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Hakone Museum of Art ©
Hakone Museum of Art
Lalique Museum Hakone ©
Lalique Museum Hakone
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

2
nights
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sake Storehouse Art Museum - Gallery Tamamura Honten as well as Shibu Onsen. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Shibu Onsen, and then see the interesting displays at Sake Storehouse Art Museum - Gallery Tamamura Honten.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Yamanouchi-machi itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Yamanouchi-machi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Hakone-machi in December, Yamanouchi-machi is little chillier at night with lows of 0°C. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Sat) before leaving for Tokyo.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Hokusai-kan
Highlights from your plan
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Hokusai-kan ©
Hokusai-kan
Shibu Onsen ©
Shibu Onsen

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tsukiji Nippon Fish Port Market as well as teamLab Borderless. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary maker tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Yamanouchi-machi to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in December, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 14°C and 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
teamLab Borderless ©
teamLab Borderless
Tsukiji Nippon Fish Port Market ©
Tsukiji Nippon Fish Port Market

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