18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Brisbane
Fly:  15 h
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
3
Kobe
— Few hours
Train:  30 min
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
5
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h
6
Matsumoto
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
7
Yamanouchi-machi
— 2 nights
Taxi + Train:  2 h 30 min
8
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train + Bus:  1 h 30 min
9
Hakone-machi
— 1 day
Bus + Train:  1 h 30 min
10
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Brisbane

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.
To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo itinerary builder website.

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 moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Brisbane in December, expect Tokyo to be colder, temps between 14°C and 4°C. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 12:

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Hiroshima Station South Exit Chikagai Hiroba Information Center, Hiroshima Castle, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and other attractions. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daishoin Temple, then admire the sheer force of Shiraito Falls, and finally walk around Momijidani Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip website.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Hiroshima in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kobe.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

few
hours
Kobe

Kobe
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): get a dose of culture at Kobe Luminarie.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kobe trip maker site.

Getting from Hiroshima to Kobe by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Events
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 15:

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, Shitennoji and Don Quixote Ferris Wheel. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Shitennoji, contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then get a taste of the local shopping with Dotombori, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Don Quixote Ferris Wheel.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka road trip planner.

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kobe. December in Osaka sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Tue) before leaving for Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotombori ©
Dotombori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Pontocho, Kyoto Arashiyama Hanatouro, Arashiyama Station Hannari Hokkori Square, and other attractions. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto tour itinerary website.

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

1
night
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Matsumoto Castle.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Matsumoto trip tool.

Take a train from Kyoto to Matsumoto in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, Matsumoto is a bit cooler than Kyoto - with highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Fri) before leaving for Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle

2
nights
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Togakushi Shrine Chusha, Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and Shibu Onsen. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Shibu Onsen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): fly down the slopes at Shigakogen Yakebitaiyama Ski Area.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Yamanouchi-machi travel route planner.

Getting from Matsumoto to Yamanouchi-machi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Yamanouchi-machi can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time for travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Togakushi Shrine Chusha
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Shibu Onsen ©
Shibu Onsen
Togakushi Shrine Chusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Chusha

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nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shinjuku Golden Gai, Omoide Yokocho, Edo-Tokyo Museum, and other attractions you added. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Memorial Warships Mikasa, then visit a coastal fixture at Kannonzaki Lighthouse, then examine the collection at Shinyokohama Ramen Museum, and finally squeeze the most out of the city with Street Kart Tokyo Bay.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Yamanouchi-machi to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in December, with highs in Tokyo at 14°C and lows at 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Yokosuka, Shinyokohama Ramen Museum
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Memorial Warships Mikasa ©
Memorial Warships Mikasa
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Street Kart Tokyo Bay ©
Street Kart Tokyo Bay

1
day
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hakone Ropeway, Hakone Sightseeing Cruise and Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum. On the 25th (Wed), take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, then get a new perspective on things with Hakone Sightseeing Cruise, then explore the galleries of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, and finally hike along Hakone Stone‐paved Road.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Tokyo in December, you will find days in Hakone-machi are little chillier (8°C), and nights are about the same (5°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Outdoors Tours Museums
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Hakone Stone‐paved Road ©
Hakone Stone‐paved Road
Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum ©
Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum
Hakone Sightseeing Cruise ©
Hakone Sightseeing Cruise

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nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Meiji Jingu Shrine as well as Sumo Museum. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): make a trip to Shibuya Crossing.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Tokyo trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Hakone-machi in December, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (14°C), and nights are about the same (4°C). You will leave for home on the 27th (Fri).

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Sumo Museum ©
Sumo Museum
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shibuya Crossing ©
Shibuya Crossing

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