24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Sydney
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
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
Train + Bus:  3 h
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
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, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect Tokyo to be colder, temps between 11°C and 1°C. On the 28th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites 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.
On the 28th (Sun), snap pictures at Shinkyo Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu and then get in on the family fun at Tobu World Square.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Nikko trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in January, expect nights in Nikko to be about the same, around 3°C, while days are little chillier, around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Shirakawa.

Things to do in Nikko

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

1
day
Shirakawa

Shirakawa ©
Shirakawa is a city located in Fukushima Prefecture, in northern Honshū, Japan. On the 31st (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Suirakuen, walk around Nanko Park, then step into the grandiose world of Komine Castle Remains, then don't miss a visit to Shirakawa no Sekiato, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Myokanji Temple.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Shirakawa trip builder tool.

You can drive from Nikko to Shirakawa in 1.5 hours. In January, Shirakawa is slightly colder than Nikko - with highs of 3°C and lows of -2°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:
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Komine Castle Remains ©
Komine Castle Remains
Suirakuen ©
Suirakuen
Myokanji Temple ©
Myokanji Temple

1
night
Takayama-mura

Takayama-mura ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): enjoy breathtaking views from Gunma Astronomical Observatory, make a trip to Lockheart Castle, and then grab your bike and head to Gunma Cycle Sports Center.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Takayama-mura road trip website.

You can drive from Shirakawa to Takayama-mura in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Takayama-mura.

Things to do in Takayama-mura

Outdoors Parks 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 ©
On the 2nd (Fri), explore the activities along Matsukawa Valley, then contemplate the waterfront views at Yataki, then admire the sheer force of Kaminaridaki Falls, and finally get engrossed in the history at Shimpei Nakayama Memorial Museum.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Takayama-mura trip itinerary website.

Getting from Takayama-mura to Takayama-mura by car takes about 2 hours. In February in Takayama-mura, expect temperatures between 4°C during the day and -2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car 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
Kaminaridaki Falls ©
Kaminaridaki Falls
Yataki ©
Yataki

2
nights
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): fly down the slopes at Madarao Mountain Resort and then get answers to all your questions at Michi-no-Eki Hananoeki Chikumagawa. Here are some ideas for day two: soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, and then take in the views from Maekura Bridge.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Yamanouchi-machi itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Takayama-mura to Yamanouchi-machi in 1.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Yamanouchi-machi are 4°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Nagano.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

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.
On the 5th (Mon), get outside with Suginohara, admire the landmark architecture of Former Oyamada Residence, then admire the landmark architecture of Former Yazawa Residence Entrance Gate, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenko-ji Temple. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha and then get to know the fascinating history of Ueda Castle.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Nagano day trip planning site.

You can take a bus from Yamanouchi-machi to Nagano in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 4°C in February, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Suginohara, Ueda Castle
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Ueda Castle ©
Ueda Castle
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and then make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, then revel in the low prices at Gotemba Premium Outlets, and finally explore the galleries of Pola Museum of Art.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hakone-machi attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Nagano to Hakone-machi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagano in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Hakone-machi, with lows of 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car 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.
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, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Todai-ji Temple, and finally see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Naramachi, contemplate the long history of Naramachi Koshino Ie, contemplate the waterfront views at Ara Pond, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Wakakusa, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasayamako Shrine.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Nara road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Nara takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Hakone-machi in February, expect nights in Nara to be about the same, around 4°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Tsutenkaku.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka road trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Nara to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in February, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to catch the 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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then take a stroll through Gion. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at Shosei-en Garden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto online tour itinerary planner.

Kyoto is just a stone's throw 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 enough time to 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
Gion
Gion

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