21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Osaka
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
4
Himeji
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + train + bus:  6​h 45​min
6
Motobu-cho
— 3 nights
+2
bus + train + Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

4
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo route planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo. Traveling from Melbourne in June, expect Tokyo to be much hotter, temps between 30°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Bring the kids along to Gongenmori Beach and Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses) and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and make a trip to Omicho Market.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa online route planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Gongenmori Beach
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

4
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.
Family-friendly places like Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Kyoto (Kinkaku-ji & Gion), Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (in Fushimi) and Kiyomizu-dera Temple (in Higashiyama). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Todai-ji Temple, and get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka online journey planner .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Osaka in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kyoto, Todai-ji Temple
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Himeji: Tendaki Falls (in Yabu), Awaga Shrine (in Asago) and Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, don't miss a visit to Daisen Outlook, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kuma.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Himeji day trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Osaka to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. While traveling from Osaka, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Himeji, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tendaki Falls, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Awaga Shrine, Mt. Kuma, Daisen Outlook
Highlights from your plan
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii, Itsukushima Shrine, & more). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima travel planner .

Getting from Himeji to Hiroshima by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

3
nights
Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Okichan Theater, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Minnajima Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Akabaka Beach, and then snap pictures at Kouri Ohashi.

For other places to visit and tourist information, use the Motobu-cho route planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Hiroshima to Motobu-cho in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. In July in Motobu-cho, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trip

Nakijin-son
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Minnajima Island ©
Minnajima Island
Kouri Ohashi ©
Kouri Ohashi

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