13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  13 h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  4 h 30 min
2
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Nakatsugawa
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
5
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  14 h 30 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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ginza Itoya Hontren, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Akihabara, and other attractions you added. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Tokyo Central Railway Station, and see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online trip maker.

Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Brisbane to Tokyo. Traveling from Brisbane in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. On the 25th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings ©
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings

2
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Squirrel Forest Hida Mountains Yaso Shizen Teien, Hida Takayama Museum of Art, Residence of Miyaji, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): visit Sanmachi Suji, browse the eclectic array of goods at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, get engrossed in the history at Takayama Museum of History and Art, then steep yourself in history at Residence of Miyaji, then stop by Hida Bussankan, and finally explore the world behind art at Hida Takayama Museum of Art.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Takayama online road trip planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Takayama by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. In September in Takayama, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Sun) before leaving for Nakatsugawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato) ©
Hida Takayama Museum of Art ©
Hida Takayama Museum of Art
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji

1
night
Nakatsugawa

Nakatsugawa ©
Nakatsugawa is a city located in the Tōnō region of Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Naegi Castle Ruins.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Nakatsugawa trip builder website.

You can drive from Takayama to Nakatsugawa in 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Nakatsugawa can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nakatsugawa

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Nakasendo Tsumagojuku
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Nakasendo Magome-juku ©
Nakasendo Magome-juku
Nakasendo Tsumagojuku ©
Nakasendo Tsumagojuku
Naegi Castle Ruins ©
Naegi Castle Ruins

3
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.
You've added Ginkakuji Temple, Gion, Nanzen-ji Temple, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Nakatsugawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. When traveling from Nakatsugawa in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Nara
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Arashiyama Bamboo Grove ©
Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hozenji Yokocho, Osaka Free Walking Tour, Kuromon Market, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, then categoryPhrases.phrase.deepen_your_understanding_of_the_past_and_present_with Osaka Free Walking Tour, then don't miss a visit to Hozenji Yokocho, and finally take a stroll through Dotombori. Keep things going the next day: go for a walk through Himeji Castle and then walk around Osaka Castle Park.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Osaka road trip site.

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Himeji Castle
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Dotombori ©
Dotombori

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