28 days in Japan Itinerary

28 days in Japan Itinerary

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28 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  15​h
1
Tokyo
— 8 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Fujiyoshida
— 3 nights
train:  5​h 15​min
3
Kyoto
— 7 nights
train:  30​min
4
Osaka
— 5 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
5
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Brisbane

8
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kanda Myojin, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and get to know the fascinating history of Imperial Palace.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo travel route site .

Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Tokyo is minus 1 hour. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Brisbane in December, with highs in Tokyo at 14°C and lows at 4°C. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Fujiyoshida.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

3
nights
Fujiyoshida

Fujiyoshida ©
A gateway to the volcano, Fujiyoshida sits in the shadow of a giant, and everything across the city seemingly points toward the iconic symbol of national pride, Mount Fuji.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): stroll around Arakurayama Sengen Park, see the interesting displays at Shimoyoshida Station Blue Train Terrace, and then find something for the whole family at La Ville de Gaspard Et Lisa. On the next day, explore the activities along Waku Pond, make a trip to Oshino Hakkai, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine, get in on the family fun at Fuji-Q Highland, then make a trip to Arayayama Shrine, and finally don't miss a visit to Chureito Pagoda.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Fujiyoshida trip planner .

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Fujiyoshida takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in January: highs in Fujiyoshida hover around 5°C, while lows dip to 3°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Thu) before leaving for Kyoto.

Things to do in Fujiyoshida

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Oshino-mura, Mount Fuji, Mt. Fuji 5th Station
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Omuro Sengen Shrine (Shimosengen) ©

7
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, don't miss a visit to Arashiyama, and take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Fujiyoshida to Kyoto takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Fujiyoshida in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 10°C by day to 1°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Osaka is known for historic sites, theme parks, parks, shopping, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, admire the striking features of Kuchu Teien Observatory, make a trip to Kuromon Market, and see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka tour planner.

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Tue) before leaving for Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Explore Tokyo further: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, appreciate the history behind Hachiko, get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Osaka to Tokyo by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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