8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
2
Nagoya
— 1 night
3
Kyoto
— 1 night
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
5
Hiroshima
— 1 night

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine, browse the exhibits of Kanda Myojin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Tokyo Port Wildbird Park, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Meguro River, and finally identify plant and animal life at Mejiro no Mori.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Brisbane to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Brisbane in January: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around °C and lows are around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Kanda Myojin ©
Kanda Myojin
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

1
night
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
On the 15th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Nagoya Shisei Shiryokan, explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, admire the masterpieces at Furukawa Art Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, thenexamine the collection at Antarctic Research Ship Fuji, and finally see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Nagoya road trip planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Tokyo in January, you will find days in Nagoya are little chillier (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Historic Sites
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Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

1
night
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.
On the 16th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Shimogamo Jinja, thensteep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary app.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho, get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, examine the collection at Mint Museum, thensee the interesting displays at Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at Arima Onsen.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Osaka trip builder site.

Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in January, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Arima Onsen, Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda ©
Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

1
night
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 19th (Sun): delve into the lush surroundings at Misen Wild Woods, identify plant and animal life at Shiraito River, thensteep yourself in history at To no Oka, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine. On the next day, examine the collection at Yamato Gallery Zero, look for all kinds of wild species at Takatoridai, and then examine the collection at Mazda Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima tour itinerary builder site.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow time for the train ride back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Mazda Museum
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Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku
Mazda Museum ©
Mazda Museum

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