18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 2 nights
2
Hakuba-mura
— 3 nights
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
5
Nara
— Few hours
6
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
7
Takayama
— 4 nights
8
Yokohama
— 1 day

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo tour builder tool.

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo is minus 1 hour. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in January; daily highs in Tokyo reach 11°C and lows reach 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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Hakuba-mura

Hakuba-mura ©
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Hakuba. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hakuba-mura: Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park (in Yamanouchi-machi), Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort (in Nozawaonsen-mura) and Zenko-ji Temple (in Nagano). The adventure continues: get outside with Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, fly down the slopes at Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden, examine the collection at Hakuba Alpine Library, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hakuba-mura itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Hakuba-mura takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in January; daily highs in Hakuba-mura reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, Zenko-ji Temple
Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 1:
Highlights from your plan
Hakuba ©
Hakuba
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ©
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): take a stroll through Dotombori District and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Keep things going the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, then get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and finally examine the collection at Mizuno Sportology Gallery.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Osaka day trip planning site.

Fly from Hakuba-mura to Osaka in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Hakuba-mura in February; daily highs in Osaka reach 11°C and lows reach 1°C. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Tue) before leaving for Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

3
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and visit Arashiyama.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kyoto route planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. February in Kyoto sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Gion
Gion

few
hours
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 7th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Nara online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nara

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley, then take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Hakone Stone‐paved Road, then explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and then make a splash at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Hakone-machi trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Nara to Hakone-machi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Nara in February, you will find days in Hakone-machi are little chillier (5°C), and nights are about the same (2°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Spas · Theme Parks · Baths
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun ©
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

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nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Takayama: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more) and Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha (in Hida). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, stop by Curnontue, and learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato).

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Takayama trip planner.

Getting from Hakone-machi to Takayama by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In February in Takayama, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Yokohama.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

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day
Yokohama

Yokohama ©
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
On the 13th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Hase-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, then go for a walk through Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, and finally wander the streets of Yokohama Minato Mirai 21.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Yokohama trip builder app.

Drive from Takayama to Yokohama in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and subway; or fly. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Takayama in February; daily highs in Yokohama reach 11°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Yokohama

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Kamakura
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 ©
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21

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