14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan visit planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train
4
Hiroshima
— 1 day
Train to Shin-Osaka, Train to Nara
5
Nara
— 2 nights
Fly
6
Tokyo
— 1 night
Drive
7
Kabukicho
Fly

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Tokyo

— 4 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.
Let the collections at Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum capture your imagination. Take a break from the city and head to Street Kart Shinagawa #2 and Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park). Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 30 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Odaiba District, enjoy the dining and entertainment at Robot Restaurant, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and find something for the whole family at Tokyo Disneyland.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tokyo visit planner.

Gold Coast, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12-hour flight. Traveling from Gold Coast to Tokyo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Gold Coast in January, things will get cooler in Tokyo: highs are around 11°C and lows about 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 14:

Kyoto

— 3 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course and Geisha and Maiko Makeover Experience in Kyoto Gion Aya. Let the collections at Kyoto National Museum and Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design capture your imagination. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Gion, explore the world behind art at Hosomi Museum, steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip tool.

Fly from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 17:

Osaka

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, and then get a taste of local nightlife at HK Club Q International Party Bar.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Osaka trip planning site.

Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Nightlife · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 19:

Hiroshima

— 1 day

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima trip builder app.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Nara.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 20:

Nara

— 2 nights

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Tegaimon, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, then admire the landmark architecture of Nara National Museum, and finally walk around Nara Park. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Byodoin, take an in-depth tour of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Nara online vacation planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Nara in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. January in Nara sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 19 — 21:

Tokyo

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, then explore the activities along Meguro River, and finally visit Ginza.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo route planning site.

Getting from Nara to Tokyo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kabukicho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 22:

Kabukicho

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kabukicho day trip planner.

Kabukicho is very close to Tokyo. In January in Kabukicho, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Kabukicho

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 23:

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.