19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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19 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Gold Coast
Fly:  13​h
1
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Train:  3​h 30​min
2
Osaka
— 4 nights
Train:  30​min
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
4
Yokohama
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h
5
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Gold Coast

7
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 Kabukicho, Fuji TV Odaiba, Odaiba Tokyo Oedo-Onsen Monogatari, and other attractions. There's much more to do: make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary site .

Gold Coast, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Gold Coast to Tokyo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Gold Coast in November, things will get little chillier in Tokyo: highs are around 19°C and lows about 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Takeshita Street ©
Takeshita Street
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

4
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.
You've added Kuromon Market, America Mura, Kobe Animal Kingdom, and other attractions to your itinerary. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Himeji Castle (in Himeji) and Nara Park (in Nara). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka trip builder website .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Osaka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December in Osaka, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Sat) before leaving for Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Kobe, Himeji Castle, Nara Park
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Arashiyama as well as Nishiki Market Shopping District. On the 7th (Sat), get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market Shopping District and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): go for a walk through Arashiyama, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

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Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yokohama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shinyokohama Ramen Museum, Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama, Nissan Engine Museum, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): wander the streets of Yokohama Chinatown. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kōtoku-in, steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple, go for a walk through Komachi Street, then examine the collection at Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama, and finally examine the collection at Shinyokohama Ramen Museum.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Yokohama attractions planning site .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Yokohama takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. December in Yokohama sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yokohama

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Kamakura
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Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama ©
Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tokyo Joypolis, Mega Web and teamLab Planets TOKYO. Explore Tokyo further: meet the residents at Tokyo Sea Life Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner .

Tokyo is very close to Yokohama. On the 13th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Fun & Games Theme Parks Parks
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teamLab☆Planets ©
teamLab☆Planets
Tokyo Sea Life Park ©
Tokyo Sea Life Park
Mega Web ©
Mega Web

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