24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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24 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Fujiyoshida
— 1 day
Bus:  2 h
3
Tokyo
— Few hours
Train + Bus:  2 h 30 min
4
Hakuba-mura
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Fukui
— 1 day
Drive:  3 h
8
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h
9
Nara
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
10
Miyoshi
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
11
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: Brisbane

5
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 list of things to see and do now includes Taito Station Akihabara, Sankeien Gardens, Ueno Park, and other attractions. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, and take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tokyo vacation planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Tokyo is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Brisbane in February, things will get colder in Tokyo: highs are around 12°C and lows about 2°C. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Fujiyoshida.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Sankeien Gardens
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

1
day
Fujiyoshida

Fujiyoshida ©
A gateway to the volcano, Fujiyoshida sits in the shadow of a giant, and everything across the city seemingly points toward the iconic symbol of national pride, Mount Fuji.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ubuyagasaki as well as Itchiku Kubota Art Museum. On the 6th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum and then identify plant and animal life at Ubuyagasaki.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Fujiyoshida online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by bus from Tokyo to Fujiyoshida takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Tokyo, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Fujiyoshida, ranging from highs of 5°C to lows of 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujiyoshida

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Fujikawaguchiko-machi
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Itchiku Kubota Art Museum ©
Itchiku Kubota Art Museum

few
hours
Tokyo

Tokyo
For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip site .

You can take a bus from Fujiyoshida to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Fujiyoshida in February: highs in Tokyo hover around 12°C, while lows dip to 2°C. On the 6th (Thu), you're off to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort as well as Togakushi Shrine Okusha. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): hit the slopes at Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha.

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

Getting from Tokyo to Hakuba-mura by combination of train and bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tokyo in February, with highs in Hakuba-mura at 4°C and lows at -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, Togakushi Shrine Okusha
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Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park ©
Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ©
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
Hakuba ©
Hakuba

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 Sanmachi Suji. On the 9th (Sun), learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Tenshukakau Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji and then get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Takayama travel route planner.

Drive from Hakuba-mura to Takayama in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In February in Takayama, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kanazawa is known for historic sites, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, steep yourself in history at Nagamachi Neighborhood, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Takayama to Kanazawa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. February in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. On the 13th (Thu), you'll travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

1
day
Fukui

Fukui ©
Fukui is the capital city of Fukui Prefecture, Japan. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple as well as Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): examine the collection at Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Fukui travel route planning tool .

You can drive from Kanazawa to Fukui in 1.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Fukui

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
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Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple

4
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 now added Kinkaku-ji to your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Arashiyama, steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, and shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary tool .

Drive from Fukui to Kyoto in 3 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

2
nights
Nara

Nara ©
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 18th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, and then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Todaiji Keidaicho, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Nara travel planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. In February in Nara, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Miyoshi.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

2
nights
Miyoshi

Miyoshi ©
A relatively new city, Miyoshi encompasses six surrounding rural districts into one.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

Plan a Miyoshi trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Nara to Miyoshi takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Nara in February, expect slightly colder with lows of 1°C in Miyoshi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow time for travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Miyoshi

Spas Baths Parks
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Oboke Koboke ©
Oboke Koboke
Iya Kazura Bridge ©
Iya Kazura Bridge
Kakashi no Sato ©
Kakashi no Sato

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 Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine as well as Himeji Castle. On the 21st (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, and finally take a stroll through Dotonbori.

Plan trip to Osaka with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Miyoshi to Osaka takes 3 hours. February in Osaka sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Himeji Castle
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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