17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sydney
Fly:  13 h 15 min
1
Osaka
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
2
Nara
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
4
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Bus + Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Sydney

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then stop by Shimada Shoten, then meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and finally shop like a local with Dotombori.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka attractions planner.

Sydney, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 13- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in June; daily highs in Osaka reach 32°C and lows reach 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

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

2
nights
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.
On the 21st (Fri), get curious at The Kid's Science Museum of Photons, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yakushiji, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Horyu-ji Temple, and then make a splash at Sango Town Water Park.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Nara trip planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, daytime highs in Nara are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Theme Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

The Kid's Science Museum of Photons, Horyu-ji Temple, Yakushiji, Sango Town Water Park
Highlights from your plan
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
The Kid's Science Museum of Photons ©
The Kid's Science Museum of Photons
Nara Park ©
Nara Park

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.
Bring the kids along to Monkey Park Iwatayama and Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, visit Arashiyama, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koshojibetsuin Ryozenhobyo, and don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kyoto online day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Traveling from Nara in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 22°C in Kyoto. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Monkey Park Iwatayama ©
Monkey Park Iwatayama
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

2
nights
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 27th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Hakone Shrine, then explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), then don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley, and finally take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and then cool off at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hakone-machi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of tram and flight. When traveling from Kyoto in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Theme Parks Spas Baths
Highlights from your plan
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun ©
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)

6
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.
Family-friendly places like Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, take a stroll through Odaiba, and get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo visit planning site.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Hakone-machi in June, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. You will leave for home on the 4th (Thu).

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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