16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  1​h
3
Nara
— 1 day
train:  1​h
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
5
Kyoto
— 1 night
train:  1​h
6
Himeji
— Few hours
train:  1​h
7
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
8
Hiroshima
— 1 day
train:  2​h
9
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
10
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Melbourne

5
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 list of things to see and do now includes teamLab Borderless, Sengaku-ji Temple, Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, and other attractions. Yushukan and Quark Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Your inner history buff will appreciate Imperial Palace and The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin). Have a day of magic on the 29th (Fri) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine and contemplate the long history of Hie Jinjya.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip website .

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Melbourne in November, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are slightly colder, around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Tokyo Disneyland
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace

1
night
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.
On the 2nd (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle and then take a stroll through Dotonbori.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Osaka trip maker website .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Osaka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
day
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Todai-ji Temple, and then stroll around Nara Park.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Nara trip planner .

Take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Nara are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Nara Park ©
Nara Park

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
You've now added Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Osaka online tour planner .

Getting from Nara to Osaka by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and then steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto tour itinerary planning website .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple

few
hours
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip maker tool .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Himeji are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. On the 6th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

2
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
To see where to stay and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

1
day
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 8th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima online tour planner .

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

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

2
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
On the 9th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, contemplate the long history of Kyoto Imperial Palace, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto journey website .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ginkakuji Temple ©
Ginkakuji Temple
Ryoanji Temple ©
Ryoanji Temple
Kyoto Imperial Palace ©
Kyoto Imperial Palace

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Here are some ideas for day two: cool off at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tokyo sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll set off for home on the 12th (Thu).

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Baths Spas

Side Trip

Hakone Kowakien Yunessun
Highlights from your plan
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun ©
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun

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