20 days in East Asia Itinerary

20 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 1 night
Train
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Mitaka
— 1 night
Train
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Osaka
— 3 nights
Train
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Nikko
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yokohama
— 3 nights
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Tokyo

— 4 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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo driving holiday planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo is minus 1 hour. In April, daytime highs in Tokyo are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Kyoto

— 4 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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Gion, wander the streets of Arashiyama, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip builder tool.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Nara

— 1 night

Ancient City

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Todai-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Nara holiday planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Kyoto in April, Nara is a bit warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can take a train to Mitaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Mitaka

— 1 night
Mitaka is a city located in the western portion of Tokyo Metropolis, in the central Kantō region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 189,168 and a population density of 11,520 persons per km². Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): walk around Wakabadai Park, get curious at Chofu Aerospace Center, then explore the activities along Ochiai River and Minamisawa Springs, then take in the pleasant sights at Inokashira Park, and finally explore the world behind art at Ghibli Museum Mitaka.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Mitaka trip planner.

Traveling by train from Nara to Mitaka takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In April, daytime highs in Mitaka are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Mitaka

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution in Kobe (about 46 minutes away). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, and examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Osaka online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Mitaka to Osaka takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Mitaka in April, Osaka is a bit cooler at night with lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Nikko.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nikko

— 3 nights
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take in the pleasant sights at Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, then steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Yakushido. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Nikko National Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Nikko trip planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Nikko in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Osaka in April: highs in Nikko hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Yokohama.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yokohama

— 3 nights
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yokohama: Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Hase-dera Temple Scenic Walkway, &more), Gotemba Premium Outlets (in Gotemba) and The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Sankeien Gardens, examine the collection at Yokohama Silk Museum, steep yourself in history at Hakusan Shrine Historic Ruins, and stop by Himono Yamayasu, Odawara-ekimae.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Yokohama holiday website.

You can drive from Nikko to Yokohama in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yokohama

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Side Trips