10 days in Japan Itinerary

10 days in Japan Itinerary

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10 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Gold Coast
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train:  3​h 15​min
2
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  30​min
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train + Bus:  5​h 15​min
4
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 1 night
Bus:  2​h 15​min
5
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h
End: Gold Coast

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 23rd (Mon): get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, then admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and finally get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Tokyo Skytree, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, then get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, and finally make a trip to Shibuya Crossing.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tokyo road trip planner .

Gold Coast, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Gold Coast to Tokyo. In March, Tokyo is cooler than Gold Coast - with highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Fun & Games
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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 25th (Wed): enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, then wander the streets of Dotonbori, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka day trip site .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. March in Osaka sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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 27th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Gion and then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip maker website .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

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

1
night
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
You've now added Aokigahara Forest Nature Guide Tour to your itinerary. On the 29th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kawaguchi, then make a trip to Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba, and finally identify plant and animal life at Aokigahara Forest Nature Guide Tour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi online trip maker .

You can drive from Kyoto to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kyoto in March: highs in Fujikawaguchiko-machi hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Museums Wildlife Tours
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Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum ©
Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba ©
Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 30th (Mon), make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, make a trip to Tokyo Tower, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, then don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and finally take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo driving holiday planning tool .

Drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in March, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (17°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks
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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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