18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
+2
Fly + train + subway:  23​h 45​min
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train + bus:  2​h 15​min
4
Hakuba-mura
— 7 nights
bus + train:  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.
Visiting Nara Park and Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Osaka Castle and Tōdai-ji. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Mount Koyasan (in Koya-cho) and Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine & Todaiji Temple Cultural Center). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, take a stroll through Dotonbori, don't miss a visit to Kuchu Teien Observatory, and take some stellar pictures from Tempozan Ferris Wheel.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Osaka vacation trip planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 24-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Brisbane to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brisbane in February, expect Osaka to be cooler, temps between 11°C and 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can 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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkaku-ji Temple, then explore the activities along Kamogawa River, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toji, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt. Kurama.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto travel planner.

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In February, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

#Historic Sites, #Nature, #Parks
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 17:
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Central Railway Station, explore the activities along Sumida River, then examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and finally get your game on at Akiba Fukurou. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Kansenen Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Todoroki Valley, then ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and finally wander the streets of Akihabara.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Tokyo sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Tokyo

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums
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Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Tokyo Central Railway Station ©
Tokyo Central Railway Station

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hakuba and Sanmachi Suji. Step out of the city life by going to Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort. Get out of town with these interesting Hakuba-mura side-trips: Uedajo Castle (in Ueda), Spas & Wellness (in Yamanouchi-machi) and Thermal Spas (in Nakano). The adventure continues: fly down the slopes at Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Happoone, take an in-depth tour of Hakuba Olympic Museum, and stroll through Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hakuba-mura trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of train and taxi from Tokyo to Hakuba-mura in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Tokyo in February, with highs in Hakuba-mura at 5°C and lows at -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Winter Sports

Side Trips

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

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 26th (Mon), kick back and relax at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and then admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum. On the next day, make a trip to Meiji Jingu and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Imperial Palace.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo holiday planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Hakuba-mura to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Hakuba-mura in February, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 10°C and lows about 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

#Historic Sites, #Beaches, #Parks
Find places to stay Feb 26 — 27:
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Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace

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