17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  4​h 30​min
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train + Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

4
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Imperial Palace, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo day trip planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in May, with highs in Tokyo at 28°C and lows at 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Musee de la Fleur, Fleuri (in Shika-machi) and Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, & more). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, make a trip to Higashichaya Old Town, and see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Kanazawa trip simple and quick.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 15°C in Kanazawa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Musee de la Fleur, Fleuri
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Kanazawa to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana) and Osaka (Osaka Castle & Dotonbori). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and make a trip to Heian Shrine.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary site .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

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