22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  45​min
3
Nara
— 6 nights
train:  45​min
4
Osaka
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Sydney

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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planning tool .

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Sydney to Tokyo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, Tokyo is colder than Sydney - with highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

5
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.
Step out of Kyoto to go to Nagoya and see Nagoya Castle, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

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Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In February in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Nagoya Castle
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

6
nights
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ise (Ise Grand Shrine & Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine), Chubu Park (in Toin-cho) and Takaminosato (in Higashiyoshino-mura). The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, steep yourself in history at Byodoin, and look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Nara online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. In February, daytime highs in Nara are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ise, Sakurai, Uda, Chubu Park, Takaminosato
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Mt. Koya (in Koya-cho), Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (in Chuo) and Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en Garden). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, shop like a local with Dotonbori, and see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka road trip planner .

Traveling by train from Nara to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, daytime highs in Osaka are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Himeji, Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, Mt. Koya
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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