19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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19 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Nagoya
— 3 nights
Train:  45​min
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Train + Bus:  6​h 45​min
6
Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Train + Fly:  17​h
End: Sydney

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.
Kids will enjoy Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. There's much more to do: make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland, get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip maker tool .

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Tokyo. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in May: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 28°C and lows are around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
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.
Attractions like Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and don't miss a visit to Omicho Market.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 15°C in Kanazawa. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
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Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

3
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium and Yuenchi Motopia, SUZUKA CIRKIT. Get out of town with these interesting Nagoya side-trips: Chubu Park (in Toin-cho), Ise (Ise Grand Shrine & Okage Yokocho) and Inuyama Castle (in Inuyama). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, contemplate the long history of Nagoya Higashiyamaso, step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, and find something for the whole family at Nagashima Spa Land.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Nagoya day trip planning tool .

Drive from Kanazawa to Nagoya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kanazawa in May since evenings lows in Nagoya dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Ise, Inuyama Castle, Yuenchi Motopia, SUZUKA CIRKIT, Chubu Park, Nagashima Spa Land
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Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Nagashima Spa Land ©
Nagashima Spa Land

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 Universal Studios Japan and Monkey Park Iwatayama. Step out of Kyoto to go to Osaka and see Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Nagoya in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Osaka
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Monkey Park Iwatayama ©
Monkey Park Iwatayama

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sat): head off the coast to Miyajima, then explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima trip itinerary maker.

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Miyajima
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

2
nights
Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
On the 31st (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Akabaka Beach, observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, then kick back and relax at Anchihama, and finally head outdoors with Minna Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Motobu-cho online road trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Hiroshima to Motobu-cho in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus. Traveling from Hiroshima in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Motobu-cho, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Akabaka Beach
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Minna Beach ©
Minna Beach

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