20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + Train:  14 h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
3
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  45 min
4
Himeji
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
5
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Fly:  18 h
End: Melbourne

3
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 30 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Melbourne in March: highs in Tokyo hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Nanto (Angoji Temple & Johanabetsuin-Zentokuji Temple), Takayama (Hida Takayama Teddy Bear Eco Village, Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), &more) and Shirakawago Gassho Culture Hall (Old Matsui Family House) (in Shirakawa-cho). There's much more to do: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, and admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa vacation planning app .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Tokyo in March, with highs in Kanazawa at 13°C and lows at 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Nanto, Shirakawago Gassho Culture Hall (Old Matsui Family House)
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Osaka (Osaka Castle, Dotonbori, &more) and Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana). The adventure continues: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take a stroll through Gion, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planning website .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trip

Osaka
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

3
nights
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.
Explore Himeji's surroundings by going to Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama), Hattoji Furusatomura (in Bizen) and Kunimi no Mori Park (in Shiso). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura, and examine the collection at Shosha Handicraft Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Himeji trip maker site .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Hattoji Furusatomura, Mt. Takamikura, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Kunimi no Mori Park, Daisen Outlook
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Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, and don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima driving holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

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