13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
2
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
3
Kyoto
— 1 day
train:  30​min
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
5
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Perth

6
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Tokyo National Museum and National Museum of Nature and Science. Attractions like Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) (in Hakone-machi), Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Odaiba, shop like a local with Ginza, make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo DisneySea, and get in on the family fun at Tokyo Disneyland.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary planner .

Perth, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Perth to Tokyo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Perth in December: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 14°C and lows are around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Urayasu, Lake Kawaguchi, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

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 19th (Thu): examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then stroll around Nara Park, and then examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Dotonbori and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary builder app .

Take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Sat) before leaving for Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Jikko Cutlery
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District, and then contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary maker .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple
Nishiki Market Shopping District ©
Nishiki Market Shopping District

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
On the 22nd (Sun), wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and then meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary builder app .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, then get a taste of the local shopping with Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko), then wander the streets of Akihabara, and finally view the masterpieces at Art Jeunesse Akihabara.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums
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Akihabara ©
Akihabara
Art Jeunesse Akihabara ©
Art Jeunesse Akihabara

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