13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  13 h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  4 h 30 min
2
Takayama
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  30 min
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: Brisbane

3
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Senso-ji Temple, teamLab Borderless, and other attractions you added. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, wander the streets of Takeshita Street, appreciate the extensive heritage of Omoide Yokocho, then get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Hedgehog Cafe HARRY, Harajuku.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary builder site.

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) to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Brisbane in September, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 24°C. On the 25th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings ©

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 Hida Takayama Museum of Art, Residence of Miyaji and Takayama Museum of History and Art.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Takayama day trip site.

You can drive from Tokyo to Takayama in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Takayama are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. On the 27th (Sun), you're off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji
Hida Takayama Museum of Art ©
Hida Takayama Museum of Art

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kyoto International Manga Museum, Arashiyama Park, Kameyama Area, Monkey Park Iwatayama, and other attractions you added. There's more to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Kyoto trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Takayama to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Thu) to allow time for the train ride to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Nara
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Arashiyama Bamboo Grove ©
Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

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.
You've added Himeji Castle, Kuromon Market, Hozenji Yokocho, and other attractions to your itinerary. The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan and take a stroll through Dotonbori.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip builder website.

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Himeji Castle
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Escape Osaka - Dark Zen ©
Escape Osaka - Dark Zen
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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