12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  16​h 30​min
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.
Attractions like Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Tokyo Disneyland make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo day trip planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. April in Tokyo sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

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

4
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, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Kyoto travel planning tool .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. On the next day, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip itinerary planning site .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In April, daytime highs in Osaka are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In April in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Hiroshima Castle ©
Hiroshima Castle

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