19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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19 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
2
Kawaguchi
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6 h
3
Kumano
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Nakatsugawa
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
5
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
6
Tottori
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
7
Takamatsu
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
8
Matsuyama
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
9
Imabari
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
10
Onomichi
— 1 night
Train:  2 h
11
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
12
Osaka
— Few hours
Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: Brisbane


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2
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, then stroll around Ueno Park, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and finally make a trip to Tokyo Tower.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo attractions app.

Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Brisbane in April, things will get slightly colder in Tokyo: highs are around 22°C and lows about 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kawaguchi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 26 — 28:
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

2
nights
Kawaguchi

Kawaguchi ©
Kawaguchi is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, in the central Kantō region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 578,727 and a population density of 9340 persons per km². Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, don't miss a visit to Previously Tanaka Family House, then get to know the resident critters at Tobu Zoo, then don't miss a visit to Gongendo Sakura Tsutsumi, and finally contemplate the long history of Shofuku-ji Temple.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kawaguchi online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Kawaguchi takes an hour. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Kumano.

Things to do in Kawaguchi

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Satte, Tobu Zoo
Find places to stay Apr 28 — 30:
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Kawaguchi Green Center ©
Kawaguchi Green Center
Gongendo Sakura Tsutsumi ©
Gongendo Sakura Tsutsumi
Visual Museum ©
Visual Museum

1
night
Kumano

Kumano ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): kick back and relax at Shichiri Mihama Beach, don't miss a visit to Maruyama Senmai Rice Field, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hanano Iwaya Caves, and finally don't miss a visit to Onigajo.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kumano trip itinerary builder site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kawaguchi to Kumano. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Kawaguchi in April since evenings lows in Kumano dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Nakatsugawa.

Things to do in Kumano

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Shichiri Mihama Beach
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 1:
Highlights from your plan
Shichiri Mihama Beach ©
Shichiri Mihama Beach
Onigajo
Onigajo

1
night
Nakatsugawa

Nakatsugawa ©
Nakatsugawa is a city located in the Tōnō region of Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Toson Memorial Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Magome Observatory, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail, appreciate the extensive heritage of Masugata Waterwheel, then engage your brain at Nakatsugawa Mineral Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Naegi Castle Ruins.

Make your Nakatsugawa itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Kumano to Nakatsugawa in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nakatsugawa

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
Find places to stay May 1 — 2:
Highlights from your plan
Nakasendo Magome-juku ©
Nakasendo Magome-juku
Naegi Castle Ruins ©
Naegi Castle Ruins
Toson Memorial Museum ©
Toson Memorial Museum

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, then make a trip to Omicho Market, then wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and finally examine the collection at Ochaya Art Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa day trip planner.

Drive from Nakatsugawa to Kanazawa in 4 hours. Traveling from Nakatsugawa in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 15°C in Kanazawa. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tottori.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay May 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

1
night
Tottori

Tottori ©
A highlight of the west of the country, Tottori sits along the coast of the Sea of Japan.
On the 4th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Hakuto Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakuto Shrine, examine the collection at Tottori Karo Kanikkokan, get great views at Tottori Sand Dunes, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hongan-ji Temple, and finally make a trip to Tottori Castle Ruins. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Ochidani Park, then stop by Wattaina, then don't miss a visit to Karoichi, and finally contemplate the long history of Jinpu-kaku Hall.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tottori trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Tottori in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. May in Tottori sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Tottori

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay May 4 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Hakuto Shrine ©
Hakuto Shrine
Tottori Sand Dunes ©
Tottori Sand Dunes
Ochidani Park ©
Ochidani Park

2
nights
Takamatsu

Takamatsu
A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take in the pleasant sights at Ritsurin Garden, walk around Tamamo Park, step into the grandiose world of Takamatsu Castle, meet the residents at New Yashima Aquarium, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Yashima, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Yashima-ji Temple.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Takamatsu online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tottori to Takamatsu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Takamatsu, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Find places to stay May 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Ritsurin Garden
Ritsurin Garden
Yashima ©
Yashima
Yashima-ji Temple ©
Yashima-ji Temple

1
night
Matsuyama

Matsuyama ©
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Matsuyama Castle, stroll around Dogo Park (Ruins of Yuzuki Castle), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishiteji, then make a trip to Bocchan Wind up Clock, then take a stroll through Dogo Onsengai, and finally stop by Dogo Onsen Kanko Kaikan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): make a trip to Okaido Shopping Street, then admire the striking features of Bansuiso, and then see the interesting displays at Saka no Ue no Kumo Museum.

Make your Matsuyama itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Takamatsu to Matsuyama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Imabari.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 7 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Ishiteji ©
Ishiteji
Bocchan Wind up Clock ©
Bocchan Wind up Clock

2
nights
Imabari

Imabari ©
The city of Imabari encompasses several islands in Japan's inland sea, and due to this strategic location it changed hands regularly during the feudal era.
On the 8th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bekkuoyamazumi Shrine and then snap pictures at Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fukiage Inari Shrine, steep yourself in history at Imabari Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fukiage Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Mt. Kiro Observatory Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oyamazumi Shrine, and finally see the interesting displays at Towel Museum.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Imabari trip builder site.

Traveling by train from Matsuyama to Imabari takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In May in Imabari, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 19°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Sun) before leaving for Onomichi.

Things to do in Imabari

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay May 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Imabari Castle ©
Imabari Castle
Mt. Kiro Observatory Park ©
Mt. Kiro Observatory Park
Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge ©
Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge

1
night
Onomichi

Onomichi ©
A port city next to the inland sea, Onomichi maintains a small-town feel and a domestic reputation for well-preserved landmarks, quiet streets, and traditions.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Tenneiji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishitsuchiyamakusari Shugyo, then walk around Senkoji & Senkoji Park, and finally make a trip to Neko no Hosomichi.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Onomichi tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Imabari to Onomichi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Onomichi can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow time for the train ride to Kyoto.

Things to do in Onomichi

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Takehara
Find places to stay May 10 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Senkoji & Senkoji Park ©
Senkoji & Senkoji Park
Okunoshima Island ©
Okunoshima Island
Tenneiji Temple ©
Tenneiji Temple

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Kyutei Omuro. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Heian Shrine, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto online itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Onomichi to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 11 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

few
hours
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.
To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka road trip planner.

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. You will leave for home on the 13th (Wed).

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Find places to stay May 13 — 14:

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