24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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24 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
2
Nikko
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Shirakawa
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
4
Takayama-mura
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Takayama-mura
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
6
Yamanouchi-machi
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
7
Nagano
— 2 nights
8
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
9
Nara
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
10
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
11
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Sydney

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, look for gifts at The Tsukiji Market, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Tokyo route planner .

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Tokyo. Traveling from Sydney in January, things will get much colder in Tokyo: highs are around 11°C and lows about 1°C. On the 28th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 28:
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

3
nights
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): take in the views from Shinkyo. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikkō Tōshō-gū and then get in on the family fun at Tobu World Square.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Nikko travel route planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Shirakawa.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Find places to stay Jan 28 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
Kegon Falls ©
Kegon Falls

1
day
Shirakawa

Shirakawa ©
Shirakawa is a city located in Fukushima Prefecture, in northern Honshū, Japan. On the 31st (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Suirakuen, explore the activities along Nanko Park, then explore the historical opulence of Komine Castle Remains, then contemplate the long history of Shirakawa no Sekiato, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Myokanji Temple.

You can plan Shirakawa trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by car from Nikko to Shirakawa takes 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel to Takayama-mura.

Things to do in Shirakawa

Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 1:
Highlights from your plan
Komine Castle Remains ©
Komine Castle Remains
Suirakuen ©
Suirakuen
Myokanji Temple ©
Myokanji Temple

1
night
Takayama-mura

Takayama-mura ©
On the 1st (Thu), gain insight at Gunma Astronomical Observatory, then make a trip to Mable Village Rock Heart Castle, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Gunma Cycle Sports Center.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Takayama-mura trip tool .

Drive from Shirakawa to Takayama-mura in 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Takayama-mura when traveling from Shirakawa in January, with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Takayama-mura.

Things to do in Takayama-mura

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Gunma Cycle Sports Center
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 1:
Highlights from your plan
Lockheart Castle ©
Lockheart Castle
Gunma Astronomical Observatory ©
Gunma Astronomical Observatory

1
night
Takayama-mura

Takayama-mura ©
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): explore the activities along Matsukawa Valley, explore the activities along Yataki, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kaminari-daki, and finally get engrossed in the history at Shimpei Nakayama Memorial Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Takayama-mura trip planner .

Traveling by car from Takayama-mura to Takayama-mura takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Takayama-mura in February, expect Takayama-mura to be slightly colder, temps between 5°C and -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Takayama-mura

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Shimpei Nakayama Memorial Museum
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 2:
Highlights from your plan
Yataki ©
Yataki

2
nights
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
On the 3rd (Sat), hit the slopes at Madarao Kogen Ski Resort and then admire the engineering at Michi-no-Eki Hananoeki Chikumagawa. Keep things going the next day: indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, then look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, and then make a trip to Maekura Bridge.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Yamanouchi-machi trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Takayama-mura to Yamanouchi-machi takes 2.5 hours. In February in Yamanouchi-machi, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nagano.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Iiyama, Maekura Bridge
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Onsen Resorts
Maekura Bridge ©
Maekura Bridge

2
nights
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Suginohara, admire the landmark architecture of Former Oyamada Residence, then admire the striking features of Former Yazawa Residence Entrance Gate, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenkō-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Togakushi Shrine Okusha and then explore the historical opulence of Uedajo Castle.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Nagano trip site .

Traveling by car from Yamanouchi-machi to Nagano takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in February, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Suginohara, Ueda Castle
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Zenko-ji Temple ©
Zenko-ji Temple
Suginohara ©
Suginohara
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha

2
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and then don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then get great views at Hakone Ropeway, then get some fabulous bargains at Gotemba Premium Outlets, and finally explore the world behind art at Pola Museum of Art.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hakone-machi online tour planner .

You can drive from Nagano to Hakone-machi in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagano in February, things will get a bit warmer in Hakone-machi: highs are around 11°C and lows about 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature Museums Parks

Side Trip

Gotemba Premium Outlets
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Owaku-dani Valley ©
Owaku-dani Valley

2
nights
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then pause for some photo ops at Tōdai-ji, and finally examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Naramachi, contemplate the long history of Naramachi Koshino Ie, explore the activities along Ara Pond, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Wakakusa, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasayamako Shrine.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Nara road trip app .

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Nara in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Hakone-machi in February, Nara is a bit cooler at night with lows of 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Kasayamako Shrine
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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.
On the 11th (Sun), admire the landmark architecture of Kuchu Teien Observatory and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, take some stellar pictures from Tempozan Ferris Wheel, then meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Tsutenkaku.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planner.

Osaka is very close to Nara. In February, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

3
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.
On the 13th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, get great views at Kiyomizu-dera, and then don't miss a visit to Gion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Shosei-en Garden, then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari Taisha, then steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto attractions app .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in February, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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