18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly + train:  14​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Fukuyama
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Hiroshima
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Fukuyama
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Yokohama
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Matsumoto
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
8
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Brisbane

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): see the interesting displays at The World Money Box Museum, then see the interesting displays at Mint Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and finally see the interesting displays at Namban Culture Center.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka travel route tool .

Brisbane, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Brisbane in March: high temperatures in Osaka hover around 16°C and lows are around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Fukuyama.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

The World Money Box Museum
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Mint Museum ©
Mint Museum
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

2
nights
Fukuyama

Fukuyama ©
A trip to Fukuyama, a riverside city known for its fragrant roses, is not complete without a visit to its main attraction, a quaint port village lined with old wooden houses and fishing boats.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Nogi Museum and Kurashiki Folkcraft Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kotohira-gu Shrine and Okayama Castle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fukuyama: Korakuen Garden (in Okayama), Japanese Rural Toy Museum (in Kurashiki) and Takatoro (in Kotohira-cho). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Marugame Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bingo Ichinomiya Kibitsu Shrine, and walk around Tomo Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Fukuyama road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Osaka to Fukuyama takes 3.5 hours. March in Fukuyama sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuyama

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Kurashiki, Okayama, Kotohira-cho, Marugame Castle, Nogi Museum
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Kotohira-gu ©
Kotohira-gu
Japanese Rural Toy Museum ©
Japanese Rural Toy Museum
Okayama Castle ©
Okayama Castle

few
hours
Hiroshima

Hiroshima
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Fukuyama to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. March in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C at night. You'll set off for Fukuyama on the 19th (Thu).

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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3
nights
Fukuyama

Fukuyama ©
On the 20th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Ohara Museum of Art, then get to know the fascinating history of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fukuzen-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tomo no Ura. On your second day here, stroll around Senkoji & Senkoji Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abuto Kannon (Bandai-ji Temple Kannondo), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shinsho-ji Temple, then steep yourself in history at Fukuyama Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Io-ji Temple.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Fukuyama trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hiroshima to Fukuyama takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Fukuyama

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kurashiki, Senkoji & Senkoji Park
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Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter ©
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art
Tomo no Ura ©
Tomo no Ura

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan and Forever Museum of Contemporary Art. Your inner history buff will appreciate Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-ji. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, see the interesting displays at Kyoto International Manga Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Namikawa Yasuyuki Sippo Memorial Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner .

Traveling by car from Fukuyama to Kyoto takes 4 hours. March in Kyoto sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yokohama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

2
nights
Yokohama

Yokohama ©
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Sankeien Gardens, steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kōtoku-in, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Minato Mirai 21, then see the interesting displays at Cupnoodles Museum Yokohama, and then take a stroll through Yokohama Chinatown.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Yokohama journey planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Yokohama in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Yokohama are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Yokohama

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kamakura
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 26:
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Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

2
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 27th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Matsumoto City Timepiece Museum, examine the collection at Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum (Matsumoto Mingei-kan), contemplate the long history of Former Catholic Church Priest House, then steep yourself in history at Kaichi Gakko Primary School, then explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, and finally examine the collection at Matsumoto City Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Yohashira Shrine, explore the world behind art at Matsumoto City Museum of Art, wander the streets of Nakamachi Street, then admire the masterpieces at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Chihiro Art Museum Azumino.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, use the Matsumoto holiday planning website .

Traveling by car from Yokohama to Matsumoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Yokohama in March, expect Matsumoto to be a bit cooler, temps between 11°C and 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Chihiro Art Museum Azumino
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 28:
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Matsumoto City Art Museum ©
Matsumoto City Art Museum
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Japan Ukiyo-e Museum ©
Japan Ukiyo-e Museum

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.
Appreciate the collections at Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Sensō-ji and National Museum of Nature and Science. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Ghibli Museum Mitaka in Mitaka--about 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and stroll through Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary app .

Traveling by train from Matsumoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Matsumoto in March; daily highs in Tokyo reach 17°C and lows reach 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Find places to stay Mar 28 — 31:
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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