27 days in Japan & Hong Kong Itinerary

27 days in Japan & Hong Kong Itinerary

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27 days in Japan & Hong Kong Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly + train:  15​h 15​min
1
Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
train:  45​min
2
Nagoya, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Tokyo, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
5
Nozawaonsen-mura, Japan
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
7
Hong Kong, China
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Brisbane, Australia

5
nights
Kyoto, Japan

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.
For shopping fun, head to Hankyu Umeda Honten or Dotonbori. Explore hidden gems such as Tofuku-ji Temple and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Nara (Nigatsu-do Temple, Nara Park, & more), CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA (in Ikeda) and Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana). There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of Koyasan Okunoin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenryuji Temple, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and appreciate the views at Arima Onsen.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto online trip planner .

Brisbane, Australia to Kyoto is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Brisbane in January: high temperatures in Kyoto hover around 10°C and lows are around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Osaka, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, Arima Onsen, Koyasan Okunoin
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

2
nights
Nagoya, Japan

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, take a stroll through Sakae, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, then step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, then don't miss a visit to Yamazaki River, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Shopping Avenue Esca. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of 玄宮園 - Genkyūen Garden 玄宮園, explore the world behind art at The Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art, then see the interesting displays at Antarctic Research Ship Fuji, then admire the masterpieces at Furukawa Art Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Nagoya Shisei Shiryokan.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Nagoya journey planning tool .

Take a train from Kyoto to Nagoya in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kyoto in January: highs in Nagoya hover around 7°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

玄宮園 - Genkyūen Garden 玄宮園
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Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Sakae
Sakae

2
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Japan

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): stroll around Oishi Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kawaguchi, then admire the masterpieces at Kawaguchiko Muse Museum, Atae Yuki Bldg., and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable tour with Tours, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Ide Sake Brewery, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitsumine Shrine (Chichibu).

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Nagoya to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In January in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 3°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Mitsumine Shrine, Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine
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Itchiku Kubota Art Museum ©
Itchiku Kubota Art Museum
Saiko Lake ©
Saiko Lake

1
night
Tokyo, Japan

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 11th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, then admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, and then take a stroll through Ueno.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tokyo road trip website .

Getting from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in January: highs in Tokyo hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Nozawaonsen-mura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Ueno ©
Ueno
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan ©

7
nights
Nozawaonsen-mura, Japan

Nozawaonsen-mura ©
Many visitors take a trip to Nozawaonsen-mura, a picturesque hot spring village in Nagano Prefecture, to get away from it all.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort and Shigakogen Yakebitaiyama Ski Area. Nunobiki Kannon and Togakushi Jinja Hokosha are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nozawaonsen-mura: Nagano (Matsushiro, Shiga Kogen, & more), Obuse-machi (Ganshoin Temple & Joko-ji Temple) and Otari-mura (Tsugaike Kogen Ski Resort & Tsugaike Highland Ski Resort). There's much more to do: hit the slopes at Nozawa Onsen, head outdoors with Okushiga Kogen Ski Area, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Myogi Shrine, and browse the different shops at Karuizawa prince shopping plaza.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Nozawaonsen-mura day trip website .

Drive from Tokyo to Nozawaonsen-mura in 4 hours. Traveling from Tokyo in January, things will get slightly colder in Nozawaonsen-mura: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nozawaonsen-mura

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Yamanouchi-machi, Nagano, Otari-mura, Obuse-machi, Yamada Farm, Yamaboku Wild Snow Park
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Nozawa Onsen ©
Nozawa Onsen
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ©
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

5
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Shop till you drop at Ginza and Bon Voyage. Get some cultural insight at Kashima Jingū Shrine and KidZania Tokyo. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Samukawa Shrine (in Samukawa-machi), Wildlife Center (in Naka) and Oyama Afuri Shrine (in Isehara). Enjoy Tokyo some more: steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine, examine the collection at Fire Museum, take a stroll through Kagurazaka, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kanda Myojin.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo travel route builder tool .

Traveling by car from Nozawaonsen-mura to Tokyo takes 4 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nozawaonsen-mura in January: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 11°C and lows are around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Bon Voyage, Samukawa Shrine, Wildlife Center, Oyama Afuri Shrine, Kashima Jingu
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KidZania Tokyo ©
KidZania Tokyo
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kashima Jingu ©
Kashima Jingu

2
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Po Lin Monastery and Stone Houses Family Garden. Get a sense of the local culture at Tsim Sha Tsui and Hong Kong Maritime Museum. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Sai Wan Pavilion and have some family-friendly fun at Dialogue in the Dark Hong Kong.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hong Kong holiday planning site .

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Hong Kong takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Japan Standard Time to Hong Kong Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Tokyo in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Hong Kong, with highs around 23°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
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Sai Wan Pavilion ©
Sai Wan Pavilion
Po Lin Monastery ©
Po Lin Monastery
Dialogue in the Dark Hong Kong ©
Dialogue in the Dark Hong Kong

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