20 days in Japan, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

20 days in Japan, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

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Fly
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Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
Train
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Kanazawa, Japan
— 1 night
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Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
Train
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
Train
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Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly
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Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Melbourne, Australia
— 4 nights

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Tokyo, Japan

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 Disneyland in Maihama (about 38 minutes away). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Odaiba District, and take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tokyo day trip planning tool.

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Melbourne in March, expect nights in Tokyo to be slightly colder, around 7°C, while days are much colder, around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trip

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Kanazawa, Japan

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 30th (Mon): get outside with Shishiku Park, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, then walk around Kenrokuen Garden, then contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, and finally don't miss a visit to Omicho Market.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa route planning tool.

Getting from Tokyo to Kanazawa by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in March: high temperatures in Kanazawa hover around 13°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Kyoto, Japan

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: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take a stroll through Gion, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. March in Kyoto sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Trails · Parks

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Hiroshima, Japan

City of Peace

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 3rd (Fri): head off the coast to Miyajima, appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Paddle Park, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

2
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Osaka, Japan

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.
On the 5th (Sun), find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan and then get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, stop by Dotombori District, and then stroll around Nara Park.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Osaka online visit planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Sydney, Australia

The Harbour City

Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Sydney is known for nightlife, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Sydney travel route builder.

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Sydney takes 13 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Osaka to Sydney. Traveling from Osaka in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 17°C in Sydney. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Melbourne, Australia

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee, about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Melbourne route planner.

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in April, expect Melbourne to be little chillier, temps between 23°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trip

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.

Kansai travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites · Landmarks
The center of Japan's military and political power for many centuries, the region of Kinki (or Kansai) contains most of the country's major cities. The majority of vacations in Kinki begin in Kyoto--the Japanese capital for nearly 1,000 years. This old city with a modern flare contains hundreds of ancient temples, 13 of which claim spots on the World Heritage List. Kinki's attractions stretch beyond just historical shrines and temples--the area's big claim to fame is its outstanding cuisine and a range of outdoor activities and shopping options. Convenient train routes linking three major regional centers--Osaka, Kobe, and Kyoto--make sightseeing in Kinki easy and pleasant.