23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Perth
Fly:  16 h
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train + Taxi:  2 h 30 min
2
Yamanouchi-machi
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Nagoya
— 3 nights
Train:  45 min
5
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
6
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  17 h 30 min
End: Perth

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.
Head to Ginza and Takeshita Streetfor plenty of shopping. Get some cultural insight at Odaiba and Senso-ji Temple. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Mitaka to see Ghibli Museum Mitaka about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of Tokyo National Museum, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo day trip planning site.

Perth, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Perth to Tokyo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Perth in January, things will get colder in Tokyo: highs are around 11°C and lows about 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

3
nights
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Step out of the city life by going to Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and Nozawa Onsen. Explore Yamanouchi-machi's surroundings by going to Ike no Taira Shitsugen (in Tomi) and Jukambo National Museum (in Kusatsu-machi). Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Shigakogen Yakebitaiyama Ski Area and hit the slopes at Ryuoo Mountain Park.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Yamanouchi-machi trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of train and taxi from Tokyo to Yamanouchi-machi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Tokyo in January, expect Yamanouchi-machi to be a bit cooler, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Ike no Taira Shitsugen, Jukambo National Museum, Nozawa Onsen
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Nozawa Onsen ©
Nozawa Onsen
Ryuoo Mountain Park ©
Ryuoo Mountain Park

3
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Step out of the city life by going to Mount Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi. Let the collections at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and Narukawa Art Museum capture your imagination. Spend the 17th (Fri) exploring nature at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Kawaguchiko Muse Museum, Atae Yuki Bldg..

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi travel tool.

Traveling by car from Yamanouchi-machi to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in January, Fujikawaguchiko-machi is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Mount Fuji
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Narukawa Art Museum ©
Narukawa Art Museum

3
nights
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology and Kitanagoya City Folk History Museum. Head to Gyaruri Momogusa and Ayabe Utsuwateifor some retail therapy. Explore Nagoya's surroundings by going to Museum Nakasendo (in Mizunami), Ise (Ise Grand Shrine & Okageza) and Inuyama Castle (in Inuyama). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Nagoya Castle, admire the masterpieces at Ama Shippoyaki Art Village, stroll through Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Nagoya driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Nagoya in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Ise, Tajimi, Museum Nakasendo, Kitanagoya City Folk History Museum, Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank
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Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

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.
Todaiji Temple Cultural Center and Hosomi Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Gion are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Dotombori (in Dotombori) and Nara (Todai-ji Temple, Naramachi Nakanishi Yosaburo, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and make a trip to Nijo Castle.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kyoto online trip maker.

Getting from Nagoya to Kyoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Kyoto are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Nara, Osaka, Asahiyaki
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Visit Miyajima and Atomic Bomb Dome for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Hiroshima Museum of Art. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Itsukushima Shrine (in Hatsukaichi) and Yamato Museum (in Kure). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, examine the collection at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. January in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Yamato Museum
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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