19 days in East Asia Itinerary

19 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Tokyo
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Hiroshima
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Osaka
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Kyoto
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Tokyo

— 5 nights
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.
You've now added Shinjuku Golden Gai to your itinerary. For shopping fun, head to Ginza or Gotemba Premium Outlets. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Edo-Tokyo Museum and Senso-ji Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Hakone-machi (Thermal Spas, The Hakone Open-Air Museum, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, get engrossed in the history at Fukagawa Edo Museum, engage your brain at National Museum of Nature and Science, and see the interesting displays at JP Tower Museum Intermediatheque.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online holiday maker.

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also fly. Traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Melbourne, expect much colder days and little chillier nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 14°C to lows of 4°C. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Fri) before leaving for Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

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 1st (Fri): contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, get interesting insight from Tours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine, then stop by Itsukushima Gekijyo, and finally get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Hiroshima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 2°C. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka

— 3 nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine. Get some cultural insight at Dotombori District and Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum. Let the collections at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center and Osaka Museum of Housing and Living capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Himeji (Nishi no Maru, Himeji Castle, &more) and Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall & Nara Park). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, stop by Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori, take an in-depth tour of Osaka Museum of History, and see the interesting displays at Namban Culture Center.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Osaka trip website.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 5 nights
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.
You've now added Ikebana Museum to your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Arashiyama. Tokugawa Art Museum and Kyoto International Manga Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Waju no Sato (in Kuwana) and Nagoya (Nagoya Shisei Shiryokan & Noritake no Mori). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Jishu Shrine, make a trip to Nijo Castle, and get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market Shopping District.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kyoto road trip site.

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 3 nights
Appreciate the collections at The National Art Center, Tokyo and Museum of Yebisu Beer. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Takeshita Street and Tokyo Little House. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Odawara (Odawara Castle Tenshukaku, Odawara Kokian, &more). See even more of Tokyo: admire the masterpieces at Suntory Museum of Art, steep yourself in history at Tokyo Central Railway Station, have fun and explore at National Children's Castle (Kodomo no Shiro), and appreciate the history behind Hachiko.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip