23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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23 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly + Drive:  20​h 30​min
1
Nozawaonsen-mura
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Kanazawa
— 1 day
train:  3​h
3
Osaka
— 5 nights
train:  30​min
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
train:  1​h
6
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Brisbane

5
nights
Nozawaonsen-mura

Nozawaonsen-mura ©
Many visitors take a trip to Nozawaonsen-mura, a picturesque hot spring village in Nagano Prefecture, to get away from it all.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park. It doesn't end there: fly down the slopes at Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Nozawaonsen-mura trip itinerary planner .

Brisbane, Australia to Nozawaonsen-mura is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Brisbane in December, with highs in Nozawaonsen-mura at 7°C and lows at 0°C. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nozawaonsen-mura

Parks Wildlife Winter Sports

Side Trip

Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Highlights from your plan
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ©
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort

1
day
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You've added 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro, Kanazawa Castle, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 27th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, then don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa day trip site .

Drive from Nozawaonsen-mura to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. When traveling from Nozawaonsen-mura in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kanazawa: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Himeji Castle. It doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan and shop like a local with Dotonbori.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Osaka travel route app .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Osaka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. You'll set off for Kyoto on the 1st (Tue).

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Himeji Castle
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

4
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Nishiki Market, Ebisuya, Kyoto Higashiyama, and other attractions you added. Venture out of the city with trips to Nara (Todai-ji Temple & Nara Park). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Shosei-en Garden, and meet the residents at Monkey Park Iwatayama.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kyoto driving holiday site .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In January, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Nara
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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.
You've now added Pola Museum of Art to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley, get great views at Hakone Ropeway, soak in some Japanese tradition at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun, explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko).

Start your trip to Hakone-machi by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hakone-machi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Kyoto in January, you will find days in Hakone-machi are slightly colder (5°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). On the 6th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Gotemba Premium Outlets
Highlights from your plan
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun ©
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Kabukicho, Tokyo DisneySea, Shibuya Center-gai, and other attractions. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, appreciate the history behind Hachiko, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Tokyo online journey builder .

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 11°C to lows of 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
Highlights from your plan
Ginza ©
Ginza
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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