16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
2
Matsumoto
— 1 night
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. For shopping fun, head to Ginza or Takeshita Street. Sensō-ji and Imperial Palace are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Odaiba, kick back and relax at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), don't miss a visit to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online sightseeing 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. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Brisbane in April: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 22°C and lows are around 12°C. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling 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.
On the 27th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fukashi Shrine.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto tour planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in April, you will find days in Matsumoto are slightly colder (19°C), and nights are about the same (10°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can catch the 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. Do some cultural sightseeing at Gion and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Visiting Kamogawa River and Mt. Kurama will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, shop like a local with Nishiki Market, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto journey planner .

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 up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Nightlife Tours
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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 MariCAR Osaka. Step out of the city life by going to Nara Park and Mt. Koya. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Dotonbori and Kasuga Grand Shrine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Arima Onsen (in Kobe) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle and wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka trip planner.

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. You will leave for Hiroshima on the 5th (Tue).

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Nara, Arima Onsen, Mt. Koya
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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 Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle and then contemplate the long history of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine Torii, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Miyajima, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Mikasahama Beach.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima planner .

Take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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