16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
3
Shirakawa
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
5
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
6
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  30 min
7
Osaka
— 4 nights
Fly:  12 h 45 min
End: Sydney

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): 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 take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi journey planner.

Sydney, Australia to Hakone-machi is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Sydney to Hakone-machi, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Sydney in March, with highs in Hakone-machi at 9°C and lows at 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

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

1
night
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 29th (Sun): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi, then stroll around Arakurayama Sengen Park, then don't miss a visit to Chureito Pagoda, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Fujikawaguchiko-machi road trip planning site .

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Shirakawa.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Fujiyoshida
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Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Chureito Pagoda ©
Chureito Pagoda
Arakurayama Sengen Park ©
Arakurayama Sengen Park

1
night
Shirakawa

Shirakawa ©
Shirakawa is a city located in Fukushima Prefecture, in northern Honshū, Japan. On the 30th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Myokanji Temple, get engrossed in the history at Kominejo Catsle History Museum, explore the historical opulence of Komine Castle Remains, then explore the activities along Yukiwari Canyon, and finally walk around Shirakawa Sekinomori Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Shirakawa trip planner.

Getting from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Shirakawa by car takes about 4 hours. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in March, expect a bit cooler with lows of 1°C in Shirakawa. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shirakawa

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Shirakawa Sekinomori Park ©
Shirakawa Sekinomori Park
Komine Castle Remains ©
Komine Castle Remains
Myokanji Temple ©
Myokanji Temple

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 31st (Tue), get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, then don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, and finally admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Odaiba and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Shirakawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Shirakawa in March, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 17°C and 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
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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 2nd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, then stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, then make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, make a trip to Omicho Market, then admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, then admire the striking features of Tsuzumi Gate, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Aratama Valley.

For photos, maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip maker website .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Kanazawa when traveling from Tokyo in April, with lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Aratama Valley
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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.
When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Todai-ji Temple in Nara, approximately Nara away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, admire the natural beauty at Nanzen-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, and make a trip to Gion.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

4
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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum (in Higashinada), Nara Park (in Nara) and Himeji Castle (in Himeji). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, stop by Dotonbori, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip builder app .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, Nara Park, Himeji Castle
Highlights from your plan
Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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