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 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
4
Kobe
— 1 night
train:  1​h
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
6
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Yamanouchi-machi
— 2 nights
taxi + train:  3​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.
You've added Statue of Hachiko & Hidesaburo Ueno, Shibuya Center-gai, Kiddy Land Harajuku, and other attractions to your itinerary. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner .

Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Brisbane in November, things will get slightly colder in Tokyo: highs are around 19°C and lows about 11°C. On the 25th (Mon), you're off toKyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Outdoors Tours

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.
On the 25th (Mon), examine the collection at Kyoto Railway Museum. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Yoshimine-dera, appreciate the extensive heritage of Katsura Imperial Villa, then buy something for everyone on your list at Kyoto Station Building, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Higashi Hongan-ji Temple.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip builder .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. November in Kyoto sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. On the 28th (Thu), you're off toOsaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours Shopping
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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Universal Studios Japan as well as Nara Park. Get some historical perspective at Toshodaiji Temple and Hozenji Yokocho. Head to Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Streetfor plenty of shopping. Change things up with a short trip to Joruri Temple in Kizugawa (about 1h 05 min away). There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka online tour itinerary maker .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In November in Osaka, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. You'll set off for Kobe on the 1st (Sun).

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Nara, Joruri Temple
Highlights from your plan
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): shop like a local with Kobe Harborland, then see the interesting displays at UCC Coffee Museum, then examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Kobe Shu-shin-kan Breweries.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Kobe trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Kobe is just a stone's throw from Osaka. December in Kobe sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C at night. 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 Museums Breweries & Distilleries

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.
Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Kobe to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. On the 4th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Owaku-dani Valley as well as Hakone Ropeway. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, get great views at Hakone Ropeway, and then make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hakone-machi road trip site .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Hakone-machi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Hiroshima in December, plan for slightly colder days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 8°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. You'll set off for Yamanouchi-machi on the 5th (Thu).

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Owaku-dani Valley ©
Owaku-dani Valley
Hakone Ropeway ©
Hakone Ropeway

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 Shibu Onsen as well as Sake Storehouse Art Museum - Gallery Tamamura Honten. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: 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 see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Yamanouchi-machi trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Yamanouchi-machi in 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, plan for little chillier nights in Yamanouchi-machi, with lows around 0°C. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Wildlife Parks 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 teamLab Borderless as well as Tsukiji Nippon Fish Port Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Tokyo Disneyland.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Yamanouchi-machi to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in December, with highs in Tokyo at 14°C and lows at 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow time for 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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