19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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19 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  13​h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+4
train + subway + Fly + taxi + train:  5​h 45​min
5
Nagano
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Brisbane

3
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.
Hakone Ropeway has been added to your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Samukawa Shrine and Kinomiya Shrine. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Asakusa Shrine and Ueno. Venture out of the city with trips to Oyama Afuri Shrine (in Isehara) and Hikawa Shrine (in Omiya). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, and wander the streets of Yanaka.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tokyo vacation planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Brisbane to Tokyo. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Brisbane in December, with highs in Tokyo at 14°C and lows at 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Samukawa Shrine, Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine, Hakone Ropeway, Kinomiya Shrine, Oyama Afuri Shrine
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Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Yanaka ©
Yanaka

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.
Popular historic sites such as Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Shimogamo Jinja are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Jojakkoji Temple. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, wander the streets of Gion, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Kyoto are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

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.
On the 17th (Tue), get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, get a sense of history and politics at Mint Museum, identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodaiji Temple. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Dotonbori, make a trip to Hōzen-ji Temple, get to know the fascinating history of Hozenji Yokocho, see the interesting displays at Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, then see the interesting displays at CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, and finally appreciate the views at Arima Onsen.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Osaka day trip planning app .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In December, daytime highs in Osaka are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Nara, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, Arima Onsen
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Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore hidden gems such as JMSDF Kure Museum and Daishoin Temple. Get a sense of the local culture at Itsukushima Shrine Torii and Mitaki Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Imaise Shrine & Itsukushima Shrine). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Peace Flame, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima day trip app .

Take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. December in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Nagano.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, JMSDF Kure Museum
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii

3
nights
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
On the 22nd (Sun), steep yourself in history at Matsushiro, contemplate the long history of Sanada House, take an in-depth tour of Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Togakushi Jinja Hokosha, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly down the slopes at Togakushi Ski Area, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Togakushi Shrine Okusha, take in nature's colorful creations at Togakushi Forest Botanical Garden, admire the masterpieces at Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum Higashiyama Kaii Gallery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saiho-ji Temple.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Nagano trip itinerary planning tool .

Do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Nagano in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Hiroshima in December: high temperatures in Nagano hover around 7°C and lows are around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Matsushiro ©
Matsushiro
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Zenko-ji Temple ©
Zenko-ji Temple

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Hakone Ropeway has been added to your itinerary. Visit Kashima Jingū Shrine and Katori Jingu Shrine for their historical value. Pola Museum of Art and Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum will appeal to museum buffs. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Naritasan Omote Sando in Narita, approximately 52 minutes away. Enjoy Tokyo some more: take a stroll through Odaiba and contemplate the long history of Hie Jinjya.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo online journey planner .

Getting from Nagano to Tokyo by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagano in December, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 14°C and 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Naritasan Omote Sando, Katori Jingu Shrine, Kashima Jingu
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Kashima Jingu ©
Kashima Jingu
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art

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