23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Perth
Fly + Train:  16 h
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train + Taxi:  2 h 30 min
2
Yamanouchi-machi
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Nagoya
— 3 nights
Train:  45 min
5
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
6
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Fly:  17 h 30 min
End: Perth

4
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.
Head to Ginza and Asakusafor plenty of shopping. Get some cultural insight at Tokyo National Museum and Senso-ji Temple. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Mitaka to see Ghibli Museum Mitaka about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: stop by Odaiba District, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, get curious at National Museum of Nature and Science, and get to know the fascinating history of Imperial Palace.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary planning website.

Perth, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Perth in January, things will get colder in Tokyo: highs are around 11°C and lows about 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District

3
nights
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Step out of the city life by going to Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and Ike no Taira Shitsugen. Explore Yamanouchi-machi's surroundings by going to Nozawa Onsen (in Nozawaonsen-mura) and Jukambo National Museum (in Kusatsu-machi). Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Shigakogen Yakebitaiyama Ski Area and hit the slopes at Ryuoo Mountain Park.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Yamanouchi-machi trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of train and taxi from Tokyo to Yamanouchi-machi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Tokyo in January, expect Yamanouchi-machi to be a bit cooler, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Nozawa Onsen, Jukambo National Museum, Ike no Taira Shitsugen
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Nozawa Onsen ©
Nozawa Onsen
Ryuoo Mountain Park ©
Ryuoo Mountain Park

3
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Step out of the city life by going to Mount Fuji and Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Let the collections at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and Narukawa Art Museum capture your imagination. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi and admire the masterpieces at Kawaguchiko Muse Museum, Atae Yuki Bldg..

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Yamanouchi-machi to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Fujikawaguchiko-machi when traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in January, with lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nagoya.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Mount Fuji
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Narukawa Art Museum ©
Narukawa Art Museum

3
nights
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology and Gyaruri Momogusa. Popular historic sites such as Ise Grand Shrine and Atsuta Jingu Shrine are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagoya: Okageza (in Ise), Ayabe Utsuwatei (in Tajimi) and Museum Nakasendo (in Mizunami). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Tokugawa Art Museum, contemplate the long history of Nagoya Castle, explore the historical opulence of Inuyama Castle, and see the interesting displays at Ama Shippoyaki Art Village.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Nagoya trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Nagoya by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In January in Nagoya, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Ise, Tajimi, Kitanagoya City Folk History Museum, Inuyama Castle, Ama Shippoyaki Art Village
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Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

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.
Todaiji Temple Cultural Center and Asahiyaki will appeal to museum buffs. Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nara Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Nara (Todai-ji Temple & Naramachi Nakanishi Yosaburo) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, make a trip to Nijo Castle, and explore the world behind art at Hosomi Museum.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kyoto online trip maker.

Getting from Nagoya to Kyoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Kyoto are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Nara, Osaka, Asahiyaki
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Visit Miyajima and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Hiroshima Museum of Art. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Yamato Museum (in Kure) and Itsukushima Shrine (in Hatsukaichi). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, examine the collection at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Yamato Museum
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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