25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

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25 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Nagano
— 10 nights
train:  4​h
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
5
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
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.
On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Mt. Ogusu and then stroll around Kamakura Kaihin Koen Inamuragasaki.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner .

Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Brisbane in January, with highs in Tokyo at 11°C and lows at 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can take a train to Nagano.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Yokosuka, Kamakura Kaihin Koen Inamuragasaki
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 30:
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Tateishi Park ©
Tateishi Park
Mt. Ogusu ©
Mt. Ogusu

10
nights
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shiga Kogen. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Shiga Kogen, then step into the grandiose world of Matsushiro Castle, then see the interesting displays at Sanada Treasure Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Uedajo Castle. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Matsushiro, contemplate the long history of Old Mejima Residence, then admire the striking features of Teramachi Shoka (Former Kanehako Residence), then contemplate the long history of Sanada House, and finally contemplate the long history of Matsushiro Literary and Military School.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Nagano trip planner .

Take a train from Tokyo to Nagano in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in January; daily highs in Nagano reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Ueda Castle, Shiga Kogen
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 9:
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Ueda Castle ©
Ueda Castle
Shiga Kogen ©
Shiga Kogen
Matsushiro ©
Matsushiro

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Jindoji Temple (in Kizugawa), Suntory Yamazaki Distillery (in Shimamoto-cho) and Kofuku-ji Temple (in Nara). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Byodoin, admire all the interesting features of Suzuka Circuit, contemplate the long history of Daigo-ji Temple, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Jonangu Shrine.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary planning website .

You can take a train from Nagano to Kyoto in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Nagano in February: high temperatures in Kyoto hover around 11°C and lows are around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Uji, Jindoji Temple, Kofuku-ji Temple, Suzuka Circuit, Nishiyama Park
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 13:
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Daigo-ji Temple ©
Daigo-ji Temple
Byodoin ©
Byodoin
Kofuku-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Izumisano (Oiseki Park & Rinku Premium Outlets), Koya-cho (Koyasan Danjo Garan, Mt. Koya, & more) and Tanizeno Tsuribashi (in Totsukawa-mura). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Wakayama Castle, hunt for treasures at Kuroshio Market, take some stellar pictures from Cape Saikazaki, and admire the natural beauty at Momijidani Garden.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Osaka vacation planner .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In February, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Wakayama, Izumisano, Tanizeno Tsuribashi
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 16:
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Wakayama Castle ©
Wakayama Castle
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya
Momijidani Garden ©
Momijidani Garden

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi (in Hayama-machi), Yokosuka (Higashi Kano Shrine, Memorial Warships Mikasa, & more) and Fujisawa (Enoshima Island, Enoshima Sea Candle, & more). See even more of Tokyo: don't miss a visit to Torozakadaishi Kiridoshi Tunnel and explore and take pictures at Mother Farm.

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Traveling by train from Osaka to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Fujisawa, Futtsu, Yokosuka, Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 19:
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Enoshima Island ©
Enoshima Island
Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi ©
Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi
Higashi Kano Shrine ©
Higashi Kano Shrine

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