11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Nagano
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
5
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Brisbane

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.
On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then make a trip to Tokyo Tower, and finally examine the collection at Samurai Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Tokyo online travel route builder .

Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In November, Tokyo is slightly colder than Brisbane - with highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can take a train to Nagano.

Things to do in Tokyo

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

1
night
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): look for gifts at Yawataya Isogoro Honten, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple, then get engrossed in the history at Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Nagano online visit planner .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Nagano in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in November, expect Nagano to be a bit cooler, temps between 14°C and 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Zenko-ji Temple ©
Zenko-ji Temple

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 9th (Sat), see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, then make a trip to Omicho Market, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art.

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Traveling by train from Nagano to Kanazawa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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D. T. Suzuki Museum ©
D. T. Suzuki Museum
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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 10th (Sun), get the lay of the land with Walking tours and then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninna-ji Temple, then admire the natural beauty at Chishaku-in Meisho Garden, then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally take a stroll through Pontocho.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto road trip planning website .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours 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.
On the 12th (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle and then take in panoramic vistas at Harukas 300 Observation Deck. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Osaka holiday planner .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In November, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Food Tours

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