10 days in Japan Itinerary

10 days in Japan Itinerary

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10 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h
2
Karuizawa-machi
— 3 nights
Train:  5​h 15​min
3
Himeji
— 1 day
Train:  45​min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Sydney

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 2nd (Mon): make a trip to Tokyo Tower, then don't miss a visit to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and finally take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): see the interesting displays at The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures, then admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo online travel route planner .

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Sydney to Tokyo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Sydney in December, with highs in Tokyo at 14°C and lows at 4°C. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Wed) before leaving for Karuizawa-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
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Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

3
nights
Karuizawa-machi

Karuizawa-machi ©
The only city in the world to have hosted both summer and winter Olympics, the resort town of Karuizawa-machi boasts clean air, impressive mountain scenery, and many outdoor activities and hot springs.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Karuizawa-machi: Kusatsu-machi (Yubatake & Onsen Resorts). There's much more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Karuizawa prince shopping plaza, pause for some photo ops at Stone Church, take in the dramatic scenery at Shiraito Falls, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Karuizawa Kogen Church.

Plan my day in Karuizawa-machi using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Karuizawa-machi takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in December, expect Karuizawa-machi to be little chillier, temps between 7°C and 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kusatsu-machi
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Shiraito Falls ©
Shiraito Falls
Yubatake ©
Yubatake
Onsen Resorts

1
day
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagoyama Reien Busharito.

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You can take a train from Karuizawa-machi to Himeji in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Karuizawa-machi in December, expect Himeji to be somewhat warmer, temps between 13°C and 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

3
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Universal Studios Japan in Konohana (about 1h 15 min away). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and make a trip to Gion.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto day trip planner .

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Universal Studios Japan
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

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