26 days in Brisbane & Japan Itinerary

26 days in Brisbane & Japan Itinerary

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26 days in Brisbane & Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  1 h 30 min
1
Brisbane, Australia
— Few hours
Fly:  9 h 30 min
2
Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
3
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
4
Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
5
Nara, Japan
— 1 day
Train:  1 h
6
Osaka, Japan
— 1 night
Train:  3 h 30 min
7
Tokyo, Japan
— 15 nights
Fly:  9 h
8
Brisbane, Australia
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 45 min
End: Sydney, Australia

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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.
For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip planning app.

Sydney to Brisbane is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in April, and nighttime lows around 19°C. You'll set off for Tokyo on the 21st (Tue).

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors Tours Parks
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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Takeshita Street, Shibuya Cat Street and Hachiko. On the 22nd (Wed), pause for some photo ops at Hachiko, shop like a local with Shibuya Cat Street, and then shop like a local with Takeshita Street.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo travel planner.

You can fly from Brisbane to Tokyo in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Brisbane to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Brisbane in April: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 22°C and lows are around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods
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Takeshita Street ©
Takeshita Street
Hachiko ©
Hachiko
Shibuya Cat Street ©
Shibuya Cat Street

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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.
You've added Nonomiya Shrine, Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Monkey Park Iwatayama, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 23rd (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, get to know the resident critters at Monkey Park Iwatayama, delve into the lush surroundings at Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nonomiya Shrine, and finally go for a walk through Arashiyama Kimono Forest.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto road trip planning app.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Kyoto are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. On the 25th (Sat), you'll travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nonomiya Shrine ©
Nonomiya Shrine

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Osaka, Japan

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.
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take a stroll through Dotonbori. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find out how to plan a trip to Osaka, use our trip itinerary maker.

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. April in Osaka sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. You'll set off for Nara on the 28th (Tue).

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori ©
Dotombori

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Nara, Japan

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Todaiji Temple Cultural Center as well as Nara Park. Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): walk around Nara Park and then see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Nara trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Wildlife Parks Museums
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todaiji Temple Cultural Center ©
Todaiji Temple Cultural Center

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Osaka, Japan

Osaka
To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Osaka trip maker website.

You can take a train from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Nara in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Osaka, with lows of 12°C. You'll set off for Tokyo on the 29th (Wed).

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Your list of things to see and do now includes Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Tokyo DisneySea, Tokyo Disneyland, and other attractions. Enjoy Tokyo some more: take a stroll through Akihabara.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

Take a train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. On the 14th (Thu), you're off to Brisbane.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trips

Urayasu, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Mount Fuji, Aokigahara Forest
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 14:
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

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Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane
For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane route planner.

You can fly from Tokyo to Brisbane in 12.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Japan Standard Time (JST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Tokyo in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 15°C in Brisbane. On the 16th (Sat), you're off to home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors Tours Parks
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