12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
2
Gotemba
— 2 nights
Train:  4​h
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  30​min
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Sydney

4
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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and walk around Ueno Park.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Tokyo tour website .

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Tokyo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Sydney in March: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 17°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Gotemba.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

2
nights
Gotemba

Gotemba ©
Trips to Gotemba, a city at the foot of Mount Fuji, offer plenty of opportunities to admire Japan's most famous natural feature.
Make your Gotemba itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Tokyo to Gotemba in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Tokyo in March, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Gotemba: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 7°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Tue) before leaving for Kyoto.

Things to do in Gotemba

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fujinomiya, Mount Fuji
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine ©
Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine
Gotemba Premium Outlets ©
Gotemba Premium Outlets

2
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.
On the 31st (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): wander the streets of Gion, admire the striking features of Kyutei Omuro, and then make a trip to Arashiyama.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planning website .

You can drive from Gotemba to Kyoto in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Gotemba in March, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 5°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Himeji (Koko-en & Himeji Castle) and Nara (Nara Park & Kasuga Grand Shrine). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, get your game on at Owl Family Osaka, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Osaka trip itinerary builder .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. April in Osaka sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Himeji, Nara
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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