11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train + bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
train:  3​h 45​min
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
4
Kobe
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
5
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Melbourne

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.
On the 4th (Fri), get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, then find something for the whole family at Tokyo DisneySea, and then discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip builder .

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo. When traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for much colder days in Tokyo, with highs around 14°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

1
night
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 6th (Sun), explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, explore the world behind art at Narukawa Art Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally get great views at Hakone Ropeway.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hakone-machi trip itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in December, you will find days in Hakone-machi are little chillier (8°C), and nights are about the same (5°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Nature
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The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Narukawa Art Museum ©
Narukawa Art Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then wander the streets of Gion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): hike along Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course, then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip builder tool .

Traveling by train from Hakone-machi to Kyoto takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Hakone-machi in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): gain insight at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Maya, get answers to all your questions at Awaji Highway Oasis, then take a stroll through Kobe Harborland, and finally take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): get to know the resident critters at Kobe Oji Zoo, appreciate the views at Arima Onsen, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Rokko, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mudoji Temple.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kobe trip itinerary planner .

Kobe is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Awaji Highway Oasis
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Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Mt. Maya
Mt. Maya
Kobe Oji Zoo ©
Kobe Oji Zoo

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): wander the streets of Dotonbori and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, and then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip itinerary maker site .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kobe. In December, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Nara Park
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe

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