16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train + bus:  1​h 45​min
2
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Adelaide

5
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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Tokyo Disneyland, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, stroll through Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo online trip itinerary builder .

Adelaide, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Adelaide in January; daily highs in Tokyo reach 11°C and lows reach 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

2
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
You've now added Mount Fuji to your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hakone-machi: Kinomiya Shrine (in Atami) and Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), look for gifts at Owakudani Kurotamago Kan, steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and make a splash at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi trip website .

Getting from Tokyo to Hakone-machi by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in January, plan for little chillier days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 5°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Kinomiya Shrine, Mount Fuji, Lake Kawaguchi
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Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi

4
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.
Step out of Kyoto to go to Toba and see Toba Aquarium, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and get a taste of the local shopping with Fuuka-Kimono.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planner .

Getting from Hakone-machi to Kyoto by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in January: highs in Kyoto hover around 10°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Toba Aquarium
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Toba Aquarium ©
Toba Aquarium
Fuuka-Kimono ©
Fuuka-Kimono

3
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 27th (Wed), take a stroll through Dotonbori and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

Before you visit Osaka, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In January, daytime highs in Osaka are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. On the 29th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nara Park
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

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