16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  13 h 15 min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  3 h
2
Matsumoto
— 1 night
Train:  4 h
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  30 min
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Brisbane

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Meguro River, Cooking Class Japan Cross Bridge, Ueno, and other attractions you added. Step off the beaten path and head to Asakusa Shrine and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Senso-ji Temple and Ginza. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), take a stroll through Odaiba, visit Akihabara, and don't miss a visit to Takeshita Street.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip builder.

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. In April, Tokyo is slightly colder than Brisbane - with highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Ueno ©
Ueno

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Fukashi Shrine.

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

Getting from Tokyo to Matsumoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for slightly colder days in Matsumoto, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites
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Fukashi Shrine ©
Fukashi Shrine

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 Fun, Arashiyama and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kinkaku-ji and Gion. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kamogawa River and Mt. Kurama. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by train from Matsumoto to Kyoto takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
You've now added Street Kart Osaka to your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Nara Park and Mt. Koya. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kasuga Grand Shrine and Osaka Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Arima Onsen (in Kobe). There's more to do: stop by Dotombori and wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Osaka trip planner.

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 18°C. On the 5th (Tue), you'll travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Nara, Mt. Koya, Arima Onsen
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Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Dotombori ©
Dotombori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Hiroshima Castle as well as Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle and then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine Torii, then stroll through Miyajima, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Mikasahama Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima travel route site.

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Miyajima
Miyajima

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