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
Drive:  2​h
2
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  14​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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, Ryogoku Kokugikan, Imperial Palace, and other attractions you added. It doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and take in the pleasant sights at Tokyo Station Marunouchi Ekimae Hiroba.

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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) to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Melbourne in May, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 28°C and lows about 19°C. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Nightlife
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Street Kart Shinagawa #2 ©
Street Kart Shinagawa #2
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

2
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take in the pleasant sights at Lake Kawaguchi and then explore the activities along Saiko Lake. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine, make a trip to Chureito Pagoda, then walk around Arakurayama Sengen Park, then find something for the whole family at La Ville de Gaspard Et Lisa, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kawaguchiko Muse Museum, Atae Yuki Bldg..

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi online route maker .

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in May, you will find days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi are slightly colder (21°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fujiyoshida
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Saiko Lake ©
Saiko Lake
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
La Ville de Gaspard Et Lisa ©
La Ville de Gaspard Et Lisa

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hikone Castle and Nanzen-ji Temple. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Osaka to see Universal Studios Japan about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-ji Temple, and don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online trip maker .

Drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Kyoto in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in May, you will find days in Kyoto are somewhat warmer (29°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Universal Studios Japan, Hikone Castle
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): find something for the whole family at Tokyo DisneySea, then stroll around Ueno Park, and then wander the streets of Akihabara. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji and then take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tokyo attractions planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
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Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo Skytree ©
Tokyo Skytree

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