18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Osaka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hakuba-mura
— 7 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 1 night
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Osaka

— 3 nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Nara Park and Osaka Castle. Todai-ji Temple and Kasuga Grand Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (in Kobe), Todaiji Temple Cultural Center (in Nara) and Mt. Koya (in Koya-cho). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Dotombori District, meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, and get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Osaka day trip app.

Brisbane, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Brisbane to Osaka, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brisbane in February, things will get colder in Osaka: highs are around 11°C and lows about 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 12 — 15:

Kyoto

— 2 nights
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.
On the 16th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, contemplate the waterfront views at Kamogawa River, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Gion, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji, and then don't miss a visit to Mt. Kurama.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in February, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 17:

Tokyo

— 2 nights
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 18th (Sun), step into the grandiose world of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), make a trip to Tokyo Central Railway Station, then explore the activities along Sumida River, then get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and finally get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Kansenen Park, appreciate the views at Todoroki Valley, then enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and finally visit Akihabara.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In February in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 19:

Hakuba-mura

— 7 nights
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
Hakuba and Sanmachi Suji are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi), Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort (in Nozawaonsen-mura) and Ueda Castle (in Ueda). There's much more to do: fly down the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, take in the awesome beauty at Happoone, get engrossed in the history at Hakuba Olympic Museum, and visit Hakuba Jump Arena.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hakuba-mura travel route planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Hakuba-mura in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in February: high temperatures in Hakuba-mura hover around 4°C and lows are around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 19 — 26:

Tokyo

— 1 night
On the 26th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and then explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine and then ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Hakuba-mura to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Hakuba-mura in February; daily highs in Tokyo reach 12°C and lows reach 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Feb 26 — 27:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.