13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
2
Osaka
— 3 nights
3
Hiroshima
— 1 night
4
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
5
Tokyo
— 2 nights

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.
Family-friendly places like Meiji Jingu Shrine and Odaiba District will thrill your kids. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and make a trip to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

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

Gold Coast, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. In January, Tokyo is much colder than Gold Coast - with highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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.
Kids will enjoy Universal Studios Japan and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Kyoto (Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Sanjusangendo Temple, &more). There's still lots to do: shop like a local with Dotombori District, stop by Shimada Shoten, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planning website.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kyoto
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 26th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then see the sky in a new way at Hiroshima Children's Museum, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima tour itinerary maker app.

Take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Hiroshima Children's Museum ©
Hiroshima Children's Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

1
night
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.
On the 27th (Mon), explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, get engrossed in the history at Hakone Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), then get great views at Hakone Ropeway, and finally don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Narukawa Art Museum and then make a splash at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hakone-machi online journey planner.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Hiroshima to Hakone-machi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Hiroshima in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 5°C by day to 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Spas · Theme Parks · Baths
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Hakone Kowakien Yunessun ©
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)

2
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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 29th (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Central Railway Station, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ueno Zoo, then take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree. On the next day, make a trip to Imperial Palace, get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, then take a stroll through Ginza, and finally stroll around Ueno Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo day trip website.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in January: highs in Tokyo hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
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Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Ueno Zoo ©
Ueno Zoo

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