19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Melbourne
Fly:  14 h
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
3
Osaka
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
5
Himeji
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
6
Osaka
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
7
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h 30 min
9
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Bus + Train:  1 h 15 min
10
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  14 h
End: Melbourne

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, wander the streets of Ginza, thenadmire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and finally wander the streets of Odaiba District.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo holiday maker website.

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in August, expect Tokyo to be much hotter, temps between 36°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Ginza ©
Ginza
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District

2
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Otaru Canal, take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), look for all kinds of wild species at Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm, thensee the interesting displays at Sapporo Beer Museum, and finally shop like a local with Tanukikoji Shopping Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Odori Park, steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower, ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, take an in-depth tour of Karafuto Kankei Museum, thenfly down the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, and finally contemplate the long history of Hokkaido Jingu.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Sapporo visit planner.

You can fly from Tokyo to Sapporo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Tokyo in August, things will get slightly colder in Sapporo: highs are around 27°C and lows about 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Otaru Canal, Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm
Highlights from your plan
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

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.
Dotombori District has been added to your itinerary. On the 8th (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, take an in-depth tour of Peace Osaka, thentake a stroll through Minami (Namba), thenwander the streets of Dotombori District, and finally take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Osaka trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Sapporo to Osaka in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sapporo in August; daily highs in Osaka reach 39°C and lows reach 29°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Sun) before leaving for Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Monument of the Atomic Bomb Sacrifice Hiroshima, appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, thenpause for some photo ops at Peace Flame, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. On your second day here, head outdoors with Paddle Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Mikasahama Beach, step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, look for gifts at Itsukushima Gekijyo, thensee the interesting displays at Hiroshima City Cinematographic and Audio-Visual Library, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip itinerary maker website.

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In August in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Museums

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

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, make a trip to Himeji Castle, admire the masterpieces at Himeji CityMuseum of Art, thentake an in-depth tour of Hyogo Prefectural Museum of History, and finally hike along Mt Shosha hiking.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Himeji trip planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 31°C. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Wed) before leaving for Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Mt Shosha hiking ©
Mt Shosha hiking
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Himeji CityMuseum of Art ©
Himeji CityMuseum of Art

1
night
Osaka

Osaka ©
Dotombori District has been added to your itinerary. On the 12th (Wed), look for gifts at Ichibirian Main Store, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, see the interesting displays at Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, examine the collection at Namban Culture Center, thenadmire the masterpieces at Koji Kinutani Tenku Art Museum, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Osaka trip planner.

Take a train from Himeji to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Himeji in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Osaka, with highs around 39°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°C. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Thu) before leaving for Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

The World Money Box Museum
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum ©
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Osaka Museum of Housing and Living ©
Osaka Museum of Housing and Living

2
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design, Nijo Castle, Nishiki Market Shopping District, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto (MoMAK), thentake an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design, thenexplore the world behind art at Hosomi Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Nowaki. On your second day here, explore the activities along Yamashina Canal, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, see the interesting displays at Kyogashi Museum, gear up at Geisha and Maiko Makeover Experience in Kyoto Gion Aya, thenadmire the masterpieces at Kyoto National Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Sat) before leaving for Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, take a stroll through Nagamachi Neighborhood, view the masterpieces at Kutaniyaki Kaburaki, thensee the interesting displays at Ochaya Art Museum, thendon't miss a visit to Higashichaya Old Town, and finally explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Fukube Falls, explore the world behind art at Binen Yumeromu Museum, get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, thenexamine the collection at Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum, thendon't miss a visit to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, and finally steep yourself in history at Wada House.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa road trip app.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in August, expect nights in Kanazawa to be about the same, around 27°C, while days are slightly colder, around 35°C. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Gokayama, Fukube Falls
Highlights from your plan
Nagamachi Neighborhood ©
Nagamachi Neighborhood
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hakone Venetian Glass Museum as well as Hakone Museum of Art. On the 17th (Mon), hike along Hakone Stone‐paved Road, thenexplore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Kanazawa to Hakone-machi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. When traveling from Kanazawa in August, plan for slightly colder days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Wed) before leaving for Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Hakone Venetian Glass Museum ©
Hakone Venetian Glass Museum
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nikko Tosho-gu. Let the collections at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Quark Museum capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at Senso-ji Temple and Asakusa. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Tsuruuda River (in Tatebayashi) and Shimotsurenga Manufacturing Company Rengagama (in Nogi-machi). See even more of Tokyo: engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, wander the streets of Takeshita Street, and stop by Stockplus.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo travel route website.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Hakone-machi in August, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Tsuruuda River, Shimotsurenga Manufacturing Company Rengagama, Nikko Tosho-gu
Highlights from your plan
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu

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