25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Sydney
Fly:  11 h
1
Osaka
— 5 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h
3
Nagoya
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
4
Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Nagano
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
6
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  13 h 15 min
End: Sydney

5
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 list of things to see and do now includes Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle, Shinsekai, and other attractions. Visit Toshodai-ji Temple and Nigatsu-do Temple for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Dotombori District and Nara Park. There's more to do: get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Osaka trip itinerary app.

Sydney, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Osaka hover around 13°C and lows are around 4°C. You will leave for Kyoto on the 24th (Thu).

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Museums

Side Trips

Nara, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 24:
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Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple

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 Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Hanamikoji Street, and other attractions you added. Explore hidden gems such as Nishi Honganji and Ippodo Tea Kyoto. Get some cultural insight at Nijo Castle and Nishiki Market Shopping District. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Uji to see Byodoin Omote-sando about 40 minutes away. There's more to do: contemplate the long history of Ishibe Alley.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto online vacation planner.

Take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Kyoto sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. You'll set off for Nagoya on the 28th (Mon).

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Byodoin Omote-sando
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 28:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Nabana no Sato has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Nagoya Castle and then take in nature's colorful creations at Nabana no Sato.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Nagoya online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in December, expect nights in Nagoya to be about the same, around 3°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Nabana no Sato
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:
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Nabana no Sato ©
Nabana no Sato
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

3
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu and Choanji Temple. Museum-lovers will get to explore Lalique Museum Hakone and Okada Museum of Art. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kintoki, trek along Hakone Stone‐paved Road, and test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hakone-machi trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Nagoya to Hakone-machi in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Nagano.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:
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Lalique Museum Hakone ©
Lalique Museum Hakone
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu
Hakone Museum of Art ©
Hakone Museum of Art

4
nights
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Visit Togakushi Shrine Okusha and Saiho-ji Temple for their historical value. Get in touch with nature at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and Togakushi Forest Botanical Garden. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagano: Yamanouchi-machi (Shigakogen Plateau & Shiga Kogen) and Kijimadaira Ski Resort (in Kijimadaira-mura). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenko-ji Temple, stop by Yawataya Isogoro Honten, contemplate the long history of Matsushiro, and don't miss a visit to Sanada House.

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Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Nagano takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of -3°C in Nagano. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Yamanouchi-machi, Kijimadaira Ski Resort
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Togakushi Jinja Hokosha ©
Togakushi Jinja Hokosha
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

6
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.
You've added Takeshita Street, Pokemon Center Tokyo DX, Shibuya Center-gai, and other attractions to your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Hozomon and Asakusa Shrine. Visit Kencho-ji Temple and Senso-ji Temple for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Kawasaki Daishi (in Kawasaki), Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) (in Kamakura) and Samukawa Shrine (in Samukawa-machi). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Katori Jingu Shrine, steep yourself in history at Naritasan Omote Sando, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Kishamichi Promenade.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo online vacation planner.

Getting from Nagano to Tokyo by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Nagano - with highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Kamakura, Katori Jingu Shrine, Kawasaki Daishi, Tokyo DisneySea, Kishamichi Promenade
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Kanda Myojin ©
Kanda Myojin
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)

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