16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
2
Nagano
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h
3
Toyama
— 1 night
Train:  3​h
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  30​min
5
Osaka
— 4 nights
End: Osaka

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes National Museum of Nature and Science, Mega Web, Akihabara, and other attractions you added. And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, buy something for everyone on your list at Ikspiari, and walk around Ueno Park.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. In December, daytime highs in Tokyo are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Sat) before leaving for Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Ikspiari
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Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku ©
Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
National Museum of Nature and Science ©

4
nights
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Venture out of the city with trips to Shiraito Falls (in Karuizawa-machi), Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park (in Yamanouchi-machi) and Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort (in Nozawaonsen-mura). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Nagano trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nagano takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in December, expect Nagano to be a bit cooler, temps between 7°C and 0°C. You will leave for Kyoto on the 27th (Sun).

Things to do in Nagano

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, Shiraito Falls
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:
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Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ©
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
Shiraito Falls ©
Shiraito Falls
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

1
night
Toyama

Toyama ©
The center of Japan's pharmaceutical industry, the city of Toyama draws visitors with its scenic surroundings overlooked by the Japan Alps.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): walk around Fugan Unga Kansui Park, find something for the whole family at Toyama Family Park, and then get curious at Toyama Prefecture International Health Complex.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Toyama driving holiday planner.

Take a train from Nagano to Toyama in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Toyama

Fun & Games Museums Childrens Museums
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Fugan Unga Kansui Park ©
Fugan Unga Kansui Park

2
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.
Gion has been added to your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, go for a walk through Arashiyama, shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kyoto journey planning website .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Nozawaonsen-mura.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

4
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Shinsekai as well as Tempozan Ferris Wheel. Family-friendly places like Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine & Nara Park). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Dotonbori.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Osaka day trip tool .

Getting from Tokyo to Osaka by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. You'll set off for Kyoto on the 16th (Wed).

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Nara
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 3:
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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