18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  15​h
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Kobe
— Few hours
train:  30​min
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
5
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
6
Matsumoto
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
7
Nagano
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
8
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train + bus:  1​h 30​min
9
Hakone-machi
— 1 day
bus + train:  1​h 30​min
10
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, Omoide Yokocho, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and then make a trip to Omoide Yokocho. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Tokyo National Museum, don't miss a visit to Nezu Shrine, enjoy the dining and entertainment at Robot Restaurant, then examine the collection at Samurai Museum, and finally make a trip to Shinjuku Golden Gai.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo tour builder tool .

Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Tokyo is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Brisbane in December, things will get much colder in Tokyo: highs are around 14°C and lows about 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 12:
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Kanda Myojin ©
Kanda Myojin
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You've added Momijidani Park, Shiraito Falls, Daishoin Temple, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Myojo-in.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima online trip planner .

Take a train from Tokyo to Hiroshima in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow time for the train ride to Kobe.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

few
hours
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
On the 14th (Sat), get a dose of culture at Kobe Luminarie.

For where to stay and other tourist information, go to the Kobe route builder website .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kobe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Events
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Kobe Luminarie ©
Kobe Luminarie

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Namba Yasaka Shrine, Don Quixote Ferris Wheel, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and other attractions you added. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shitennoji, admire the natural beauty at Keitaku-en Garden, steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Namba Yasaka Shrine, and finally meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Osaka tour itinerary maker tool .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kobe. December in Osaka sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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.
You've added Kinkaku-ji, Arashiyama Kimono Forest, Kyoto Arashiyama Hanatouro, and other attractions to your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Kyoto trip simple and quick.

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Events Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Toji ©
Toji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

1
night
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): go for a walk through Matsumoto Castle.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto itinerary builder app .

Take a train from Kyoto to Matsumoto in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in December, expect Matsumoto to be little chillier, temps between 7°C and 0°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Nagano.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle

2
nights
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
You've added SORA terrace, Sake Storehouse Art Museum - Gallery Tamamura Honten, Matsushiro Castle, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 20th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Matsushiro Castle and then enjoy breathtaking views from SORA terrace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly down the slopes at Tangram Ski Circus and then see the interesting displays at Sake Storehouse Art Museum - Gallery Tamamura Honten.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Nagano journey maker website .

Traveling by train from Matsumoto to Nagano takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Nagano, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 0°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagano

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Yamanouchi-machi, Tangram Ski Circus
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Tangram Ski Circus ©
Tangram Ski Circus
Zenko-ji Temple ©
Zenko-ji Temple
Matsushiro Castle ©
Matsushiro Castle

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Edo-Tokyo Museum, teamLab Borderless, Sumo Museum, and other attractions you added. Step off the beaten path and head to Yanaka and JAPANiCAN - Tsukiji Outer Fish Market and Sushi Workshop. Explore Tokyo further: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

Plan trip to Tokyo with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Nagano to Tokyo by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nagano in December: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 14°C and lows are around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Yokosuka, Yokohama
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Memorial Warships Mikasa ©
Memorial Warships Mikasa
Yanaka ©
Yanaka
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

1
day
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hakone Kowakien Yunessun, Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, Hakone Sightseeing Cruise, and other attractions you added. On the 25th (Wed), get great views at Hakone Ropeway, take a memorable tour with Hakone Sightseeing Cruise, take an in-depth tour of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, then trek along Hakone Stone‐paved Road, and finally make a splash at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for slightly colder days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 8°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Baths Theme Parks Spas
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun ©
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun
Hakone Stone‐paved Road ©
Hakone Stone‐paved Road

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
You've now added Ueno to your itinerary.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 14°C by day to 4°C at night. You will leave for home on the 27th (Fri).

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Ueno ©
Ueno

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