21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Mission Beach
Drive + Fly:  18 h
1
Osaka
— 6 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train:  4 h
3
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Bus:  1 h 45 min
4
Fujiyoshida
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  17 h 30 min
End: Mission Beach

6
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
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 these side-trips from Osaka: Kofuku-ji Temple (in Nara), Nijo Castle (in Nakagyo) and Higashiyama (Kiyomizu-dera Temple & Sanjusangendo Temple). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take a stroll through Dotonbori, get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Osaka trip planning app .

Mission Beach, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 18-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. In October, daytime highs in Osaka are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kyoto, Himeji, Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan, Kofuku-ji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

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.
Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Kurashiki (Shinkeien & Ohara Museum of Art), Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip planner .

Getting from Osaka to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In October in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kurashiki, Okayama Korakuen Garden
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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

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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take an in-depth tour of Tokyo National Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tokyo journey planner .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Tokyo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Fujiyoshida.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trip

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

4
nights
Fujiyoshida

Fujiyoshida ©
A gateway to the volcano, Fujiyoshida sits in the shadow of a giant, and everything across the city seemingly points toward the iconic symbol of national pride, Mount Fuji.
Change things up with these side-trips from Fujiyoshida: Kengamine (in Fujinomiya), Asaya Winery (in Koshu) and Hijiri Falls (in Yamato-cho). And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Shakushi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Omuro Sengen Shrine (Shimosengen), and walk around Suwanomori Nature Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Fujiyoshida trip planner .

You can take a bus from Tokyo to Fujiyoshida in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Tokyo in November, plan for slightly colder days in Fujiyoshida, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fujiyoshida

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Kengamine, Hijiri Falls, Oshino Omiya Bridge, Asaya Winery, Mount Fuji
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Fuji-Q Highland ©
Fuji-Q Highland
Omuro Sengen Shrine (Shimosengen) ©
Omuro Sengen Shrine (Shimosengen)

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