23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
2
Urayasu
— 2 nights
3
Osaka
— 5 nights
4
Kyoto
— 6 nights
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
6
Narita
— 1 day

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Pola Museum of Art and Katakuri to Omurasaki no Forest. Explore hidden gems such as Okada Museum of Art and Kanda Myojin. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Minoyama Park (in Minano-machi), Chichibu Shrine (in Chichibu) and Terasaka Rice Terraces (in Yokoze-machi). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Mitake, make a trip to National Maritime Research Institute, and see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo travel planner.

Gold Coast, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Gold Coast to Tokyo is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Gold Coast in November, expect Tokyo to be a bit cooler, temps between °C and °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Urayasu.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Nagatoro-machi, Minoyama Park, Chichibu Shrine, Mt. Mitake
Highlights from your plan
Kanda Myojin ©
Kanda Myojin
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum

2
nights
Urayasu

Urayasu ©
A city lying on Tokyo Bay, Urayasu used to stand separate from the giant metropolis next door, but now, even though it belongs to another prefecture, it seems part of the capital.
Tokyo Disneyland has been added to your itinerary. The adventure continues: discover the magic at Tokyo DisneySea and stop by Bon Voyage.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Urayasu route website.

Urayasu is very close to Tokyo. In November in Urayasu, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Urayasu

Theme Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Bon Voyage ©
Bon Voyage
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

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.
Visiting Nara Park and Mt. Koya will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Toshodai-ji Temple and Nara National Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Koya-cho (Koyasan Daimon, Koyasan Danjo Garan, &more), Nara (Yoshikien, Kofuku-ji Temple, &more) and Kobe (UCC Coffee Museum, Kawasaki Good Times World, &more). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Dotombori District, have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, make a trip to Hōzen-ji Temple, and steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka travel route builder website.

You can fly from Urayasu to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Urayasu in November, Osaka is little chillier at night with lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho, Kobe
Highlights from your plan
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple

6
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Shimogamo Jinja. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and Higashi Hongan-ji Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Uji (Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple & Ujigami Shrine) and Ise (Tsukiyominomiya, Sarutahiko Shrine, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishi Honganji, contemplate the long history of Daikaku-ji, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto day trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Ise, Uji, Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Nishi Honganji ©
Nishi Honganji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera 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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): contemplate the long history of To no Oka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daishoin Temple, delve into the lush surroundings at Misen Wild Woods, thenmake a trip to Itsukushima Shrine Torii, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take a stroll through Kamiyacho, thenexamine the collection at Mazda Museum, and finally examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum.

Before you visit Hiroshima, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Hiroshima are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Narita.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Mazda Museum, JMSDF Kure Museum
Highlights from your plan
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple

1
day
Narita

Narita ©
Pilgrims and aviators come to Narita, a town known during the Edo period for its temple, and now known primarily for its airport.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Three-storied Pagoda and then steep yourself in history at Naritasan Omote Sando.

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Fly from Hiroshima to Narita in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Hiroshima in December since evenings lows in Narita dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Narita

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Naritasan Omote Sando ©
Naritasan Omote Sando

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