18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Brisbane
Fly:  23 h 45 min
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
3
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Hakuba-mura
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  22 h
End: Brisbane

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Nara Park and Dotombori District. Osaka Castle and Kasuga Grand Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center & Todai-ji Temple), Mt. Koya (in Koya-cho) and Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (in Kobe). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, and admire the landmark architecture of Kuchu Teien Observatory.

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 take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nara, Mt. Koya, Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple

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.
On the 16th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, contemplate the waterfront views at Kamogawa River, thencontemplate 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, thentake 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 train from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; 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 take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Ryoanji Temple ©
Ryoanji Temple
Gion
Gion

2
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 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, thenexplore the activities along Sumida River, thenexamine the collection 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, thenenjoy 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 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 Historic Sites
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Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Akihabara ©
Akihabara

7
nights
Hakuba-mura

Hakuba-mura ©
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), Ueda Castle (in Ueda) and Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort (in Nozawaonsen-mura). 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 do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. 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

Side Trips

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Ueda Castle, Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, Sanmachi Suji, Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route ©
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ©
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
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 do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. 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 Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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