13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip itinerary builder

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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train
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Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Nakatsugawa
— 1 night
Drive
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Tokyo

— 3 nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Ginza Itoya Hontren, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Akihabara, and other attractions you added. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Tokyo Central Railway Station, and take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online trip maker.

Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Brisbane to Tokyo. Traveling from Brisbane in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. On the 25th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 22 — 25:

Takayama

— 2 nights
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Squirrel Forest Hida Mountains Yaso Shizen Teien, Hida Takayama Museum of Art, Residence of Miyaji, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): visit Sanmachi Suji, browse the eclectic array of goods at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, get engrossed in the history at Takayama Museum of History and Art, then steep yourself in history at Residence of Miyaji, then stop by Hida Bussankan, and finally explore the world behind art at Hida Takayama Museum of Art.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Takayama online road trip planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Takayama by train takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In September in Takayama, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Sun) before leaving for Nakatsugawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:

Nakatsugawa

— 1 night
Nakatsugawa is a city located in the Tōnō region of Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Naegi Castle Ruins.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Nakatsugawa trip builder website.

You can drive from Takayama to Nakatsugawa in 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Nakatsugawa can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nakatsugawa

Trails · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 27 — 28:

Kyoto

— 3 nights
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.
You've added Ginkakuji Temple, Gion, Nanzen-ji Temple, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Nakatsugawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Nakatsugawa in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 1:

Osaka

— 2 nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Hozenji Yokocho, Osaka Free Walking Tour, Kuromon Market, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, then deepen your understanding of the past and present with Osaka Free Walking Tour, then don't miss a visit to Hozenji Yokocho, and finally take a stroll through Dotombori District. Keep things going the next day: go for a walk through Himeji Castle and then walk around Osaka Castle Park.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Osaka road trip site.

You can drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 1 — 3:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.