17 days in Japan & Brisbane Itinerary

17 days in Japan & Brisbane Itinerary

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17 days in Japan & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Townsville, Australia
+2
Fly + train + bus:  17​h 30​min
1
Motobu-cho, Japan
— 1 day
+2
bus + train + Fly:  6​h 45​min
2
Hiroshima, Japan
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kanazawa, Japan
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
6
Brisbane, Australia
— 4 nights
End: Townsville, Australia

1
day
Motobu-cho, Japan

Motobu-cho ©
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): trot along with Iejima Beach Side Horse Park, observe the fascinating underwater world at Okichan Theater, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, and finally walk around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Motobu-cho journey planner.

Townsville, Australia to Motobu-cho is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Townsville to Motobu-cho is minus 1 hour. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Townsville in December: high temperatures in Motobu-cho hover around 24°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trip

Iejima Beach Side Horse Park
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park ©

1
night
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 24th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine and then head off the coast to Miyajima. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima holiday maker tool .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Motobu-cho to Hiroshima in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Motobu-cho in December, with highs in Hiroshima at 13°C and lows at 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

3
nights
Kyoto, Japan

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka (about 1h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take a stroll through Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip builder app .

Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

1
night
Kanazawa, Japan

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 29th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, make a trip to Kanazawa Station, make a trip to Omicho Market, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, then see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, and finally don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa trip maker .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. December in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

4
nights
Tokyo, Japan

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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 30th (Mon) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's much more to do: ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, get curious at National Museum of Nature and Science, and see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo travel planner .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

4
nights
Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Venture out of the city with trips to Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford) and Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach). There's lots more to do: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, find something for the whole family at Wheel of Brisbane, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and have some family-friendly fun at Psychic Readings Twin Featherz.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip itinerary planning site .

You can fly from Tokyo to Brisbane in 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time (JST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in January; daily highs in Brisbane reach 34°C and lows reach 25°C. On the 7th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Moffat Beach
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World

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