12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + Train:  14 h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Fly:  18 h
End: Melbourne

3
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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, stroll through Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in June, things will get much warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 30°C and lows about 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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 19th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, then don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Angoji Temple, get outside with Gongenmori Beach, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, then don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, then don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station, and finally steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip maker site.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Angoji Temple, Gongenmori Beach
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

3
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, make a trip to Arashiyama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and take a stroll through Gion.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary builder app.

Take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, make a trip to Miyajima, and then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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