20 days in Tokyo, Nagoya & Osaka Itinerary

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Tokyo
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Nagoya
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Osaka
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Tokyo — 10 nights

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 list of things to see and do now includes teamLab☆Planets, Shibuya Hikarie Sky Lobby, Art Aquarium, and other attractions. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. Have a day of magic on the 5th (Thu) at Tokyo Disneyland. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take a stroll through Takeshita Street, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and explore the historical opulence of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin).

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary builder website.

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect nights in Tokyo to be little chillier, around 4°C, while days are much colder, around 14°C. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nagoya.
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Theme Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Nagoya — 2 nights

Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, enjoy breathtaking views from Chubu Denryoku MIRAI TOWER, get curious at Nagoya City Science Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Nabana no Sato, and finally make a trip to Nana-chan Mannequin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): get to know the resident critters at Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Garden, see the interesting displays at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, observe the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, then make a trip to Osu Shopping Street, and finally take a stroll through Sakae.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Nagoya trip planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in January, you will find days in Nagoya are little chillier (7°C), and nights are about the same (1°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Osaka.
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Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Historic Sites
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Osaka — 5 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Universal Studios Japan. Step out of Osaka to go to Nara and see Nara Park, which is approximately 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, stop by Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Osaka vacation website.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Osaka sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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Parks · Theme Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums
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