25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

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25 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 12 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
2
Osaka
— 10 nights
train + Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Brisbane

12
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and Mori Art Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Musashino (Inokashira Onshi Park & Kichijoji), Jindai-ji Temple (in Chofu) and Yomiuri Land (in Inagi). There's lots more to do: get curious at National Museum of Nature and Science, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) Terminal No2 Observation Deck, step off the mainland to explore Enoshima Island, and get your bearings at Yokohama Port Osanbashi International Passenger Terminal.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo online road trip planner .

Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-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 January, things will get colder in Tokyo: highs are around 11°C and lows about 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Yokohama, Kamakura, Fujisawa, Saitama, Musashino
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 19:
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Yomiuri Land ©
Yomiuri Land
University of Tokyo ©
University of Tokyo

10
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sunset Owl Cafe and Tofuku-ji Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Kyoto (Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, Eikando Zenrinji Temple, & more), Kodai-ji Temple (in Higashiyama) and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine (in Kita). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Museum of Oriental Ceramics, take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senko-ji Temple, and make a trip to Tempozan Ferris Wheel.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka day trip planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Kyoto, Sakurai, Nara, Horyu-ji Temple, Muroji Temple
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 29:
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Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Jojakkoji Temple ©
Jojakkoji Temple

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