12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sydney
Fly:  13 h 15 min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Matsumoto
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Nanto
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: Sydney

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kamakura Hiking Trails and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get outdoors at Ubara Beach and Okitsu Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Daibutsukiritoshi (in Kamakura), Morito Beach (in Hayama-machi) and Verny Park (in Yokosuka). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center, explore the world behind art at National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, contemplate the long history of Hozomon, and trek along Ubara Risokyo.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read 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. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Katsuura, Kamakura, Yokosuka, Morito Beach
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Kamakura Hiking Trails ©
Kamakura Hiking Trails
Ubara Risokyo ©
Ubara Risokyo
Osenkorogashi ©
Osenkorogashi

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): look for gifts at Hanakomichi, stroll around Agatanomori Park, then examine the collection at Old High School Memorial Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Fukashi Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): get outside with Tokusawa, get outside with Karasawa Carl, head outdoors with Konashidaira, then take in the dramatic natural features at Dakesawa Wetlands, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hotaka Mountain Range, and finally head outdoors with Mt. Okuhotaka.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto vacation builder tool.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Matsumoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, Matsumoto is little chillier than Tokyo - with highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nanto.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Outdoors Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Chubu
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Tokusawa ©
Tokusawa
Agatanomori Park ©
Agatanomori Park
Fukashi Shrine ©
Fukashi Shrine

3
nights
Nanto

Nanto ©
Ainokura Gassho Community has been added to your itinerary. Visiting Watagataki Falls and Ubagataki Falls will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tedori Gorge and Iwase Family.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Nanto trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Matsumoto to Nanto in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 16°C. On the 5th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nanto

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Hakusan
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Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Tedori Gorge ©
Tedori Gorge
Watagataki Falls ©
Watagataki Falls

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