23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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23 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 12 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
2
Osaka
— 9 nights
train + Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Brisbane

12
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.
Sensō-ji and Nezu Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Ueno and Nezu Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Kencho-ji Temple, & more), Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Fuji) and Atami Sun Beach (in Atami). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Hozomon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, wander the streets of Odaiba, and don't miss a visit to Kitchen Town (Kappabashi).

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo tour itinerary planner .

Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Brisbane in October, plan for slightly colder days in Tokyo, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Hakone-machi, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Naritasan Omote Sando, Katori Jingu Shrine
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Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan ©
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

9
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Arima Onsen and Nara Park. Get some cultural insight at Dotonbori and Otsuka Museum of Art. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Hase-dera Temple (in Sakurai), Horyu-ji Temple (in Ikaruga-cho) and Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin, Kongobu-ji Temple, & more). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hōzen-ji Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Nara, Arima Onsen, Hase-dera Temple, Otsuka Museum of Art
Highlights from your plan
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan

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