8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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8 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Nagoya
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
3
Kyoto
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train:  4 h
End: Tokyo

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 14th (Tue): make a trip to Nezu Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Kanda Myojin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, look for all kinds of wild species at Tokyo Port Wildbird Park, then contemplate the waterfront views at Meguro River, and finally identify plant and animal life at Mejiro no Mori.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tokyo online trip itinerary maker .

Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in January; daily highs in Tokyo reach 11°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
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Mejiro no Mori ©
Mejiro no Mori
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

1
night
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Nagoya Shisei Shiryokan, steep yourself in history at Nagoya Castle, explore the world behind art at Furukawa Art Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, then see the interesting displays at Antarctic Research Ship Fuji, and finally see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Nagoya itinerary planning app .

Getting from Tokyo to Nagoya by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in January: highs in Nagoya hover around 7°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Historic Sites
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Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

1
night
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 (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

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Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Shimogamo Jinja ©
Shimogamo Jinja

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, make a trip to Hozenji Yokocho, get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, then examine the collection at Mint Museum, then examine the collection at Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda, and finally appreciate the views at Arima Onsen.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Osaka road trip planning tool .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. In January, daytime highs in Osaka are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda, Arima Onsen
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda ©
Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): delve into the lush surroundings at Misen Wild Woods, look for all kinds of wild species at Shiraito River, then contemplate the long history of To no Oka, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Yamato Gallery Zero, then identify plant and animal life at Takatoridai, and then see the interesting displays at Mazda Museum.

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Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Mazda Museum
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Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku
Mazda Museum ©
Mazda Museum

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