21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
4
Hiroshima
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

5
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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland.

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Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo is minus 1 hour. In April in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses), Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi) and Takayama (Hida Takayama Museum of Art, Takayama Jinya, & more). The adventure continues: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip maker website .

Take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in April, Kanazawa is slightly colder at night with lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

6
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Todaiji Temple Cultural Center (in Nara), Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en Garden) and Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, wander the streets of Dotonbori, and don't miss a visit to Gion.

Before you visit Kyoto, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Kyoto are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Himeji, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

5
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: Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima) and Ohara Museum of Art (in Kurashiki). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, and get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Ohara Museum of Art
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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