29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

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29 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  13​h
1
Tokyo
— 9 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
2
Fujiyoshida
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Kyoto
— 7 nights
train:  30​min
4
Osaka
— 5 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
5
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Brisbane

9
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama), Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and Kamakura (KĊtoku-in, Hase-dera Temple, & more). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Odaiba, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo day trip planner .

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. Traveling from Brisbane in December, expect Tokyo to be much colder, temps between 14°C and 4°C. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Mon) before leaving for Fujiyoshida.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Urayasu, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
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.
When in Fujiyoshida, make a side trip to see Mt. Fuji 5th Station in Narusawa-mura, approximately 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, stroll around Suwanomori Nature Park, make a trip to Oshino Hakkai, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arayayama Shrine Okumiya.

To find out how to plan a trip to Fujiyoshida, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a bus from Tokyo to Fujiyoshida in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. When traveling from Tokyo in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Fujiyoshida: temperatures range from 5°C by day to 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Fujiyoshida

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mt. Fuji 5th Station, Mount Fuji, Oshino Hakkai
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Fuji-Q Highland ©
Fuji-Q Highland
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Ise Grand Shrine (in Ise), Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Nagoya Castle (in Nagoya). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, take a stroll through Gion, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto online road trip planner .

You can drive from Fujiyoshida to Kyoto in 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 Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Byodoin, Ise Grand Shrine, Todai-ji Temple, Nagoya Castle
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Mt. Koya (in Koya-cho), Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en Garden) and Nara (Nigatsu-do Temple, Nara Park, & more). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, have some family-friendly fun at Ninja-Do, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Osaka day trip app .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. January in Osaka sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Himeji, Mt. Koya
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse (in Yokohama), Susukino (in Sapporo) and Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple (in Narita). Explore Tokyo further: get curious at National Museum of Nature and Science, stroll around Yoyogi Park, shop like a local with Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko), and snap pictures at Rainbow Bridge.

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You can take a train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple, Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, Susukino
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Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Yoyogi Park ©
Yoyogi Park

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