22 days in Japan & Melbourne Itinerary

22 days in Japan & Melbourne Itinerary

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Melbourne, Australia
— 8 nights
Fly to Hakodate Airport, Drive to Aomori
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Aomori, Japan
— 1 night
Drive
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Hirosaki, Japan
— 2 nights
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Towada, Japan
— 1 night
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Semboku, Japan
— 1 night
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Hiraizumi-cho, Japan
— 1 night
Drive
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Tsuruoka, Japan
— 1 night
Drive
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Aizuwakamatsu, Japan
— 1 night
Drive
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Sendai, Japan
— 3 nights
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Melbourne, Australia
— 1 night
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Melbourne, Australia

— 8 nights

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.
Go for a jaunt from Melbourne to Werribee to see Werribee Open Range Zoo about 42 minutes away. Dedicate the 3rd (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. On the 8th (Fri), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, don't miss a visit to Block Arcade, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck.

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Sydney to Melbourne is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in April; daily highs in Melbourne reach 23°C and lows reach 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Aomori.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Parks · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Aomori, Japan

— 1 night
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): get all the information you need at Aomori Prefecture Tourist Centerl ASPAM, then admire the landmark architecture of Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, and then examine the collection at Seikan Ferry Memorial Ship Hakkodamaru.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Aomori trip planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Melbourne to Aomori. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Aomori due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in April, expect Aomori to be little chillier, temps between 13°C and 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Aomori

Museums

Hirosaki, Japan

— 2 nights
A center of political power during the feudal era, Hirosaki today stands as a hub of culture and history in the north of the island.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, then make a trip to Neputa Display Hall, and then admire the striking features of Kuroishi Fire Brigade 3rd Minute Fire Station. Keep things going the next day: stop by Omoide Shop Sakura House, walk around Hirosaki Park, and then fly down the slopes at Aomori Spring Ski Resort.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hirosaki trip planning tool.

You can drive from Aomori to Hirosaki in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. April in Hirosaki sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can take a train to Towada.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Parks · Baths · Shopping · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Towada, Japan

— 1 night
Tucked away among the foothills of the Hakkoda mountain range, Towada tourism revolves around its eponymous lake and the surrounding national park.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): explore the activities along Ashura no Nagare, then contemplate the waterfront views at Oirase Gorge, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Towada online day trip planner.

You can take a train from Hirosaki to Towada in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Hirosaki in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 10°C in Towada. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Semboku.

Things to do in Towada

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors
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Semboku, Japan

— 1 night
Established in 2005 by the merging of several towns and villages, Semboku boasts an Old Japan atmosphere, punctuated by traditional onsen resorts, old samurai houses, and weeping cherry trees.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Kakunodate Samurai House Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Samurai District, then browse the exhibits of Ishiguro Samurai House, and finally get engrossed in the history at Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Semboku trip maker app.

Take a train from Towada to Semboku in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Semboku when traveling from Towada in April, with lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hiraizumi-cho.

Things to do in Semboku

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Hiraizumi-cho, Japan

— 1 night
On the 15th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuson-ji Konjiki-do, examine the collection at Sankozo, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuson-ji Temple.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Hiraizumi-cho trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Semboku to Hiraizumi-cho in 2 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Hiraizumi-cho can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Tsuruoka.

Things to do in Hiraizumi-cho

Historic Sites · Museums

Tsuruoka, Japan

— 1 night
Tsuruoka, famous for its scenic surroundings, attracts tourists due to its proximity to the Dewa Sanzan, sacred mountains revered by the Shugendo religion.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Mt.Haguro- Cedat Trees along the Approach, then steep yourself in history at Mt.Haguro- Dewasanzan Sanjin Gosaiden, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Haguro.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tsuruoka trip website.

Traveling by car from Hiraizumi-cho to Tsuruoka takes 3.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Tsuruoka can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Aizuwakamatsu.

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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Aizuwakamatsu, Japan

— 1 night
Rich in culture and history, Aizuwakamatsu has retained much of its traditional character from its days as a feudal capital.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): make a trip to Aizuhanshu Matsudaira Family Grave, then explore the historical opulence of Tsuruga jo Castle, and then look for gifts at Aizu Shurakukan.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Aizuwakamatsu attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Tsuruoka to Aizuwakamatsu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in April, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sendai.

Things to do in Aizuwakamatsu

Shopping · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Sendai, Japan

— 3 nights
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sendai: O-torii (in Zao-machi), Shiogama Shrine (in Shiogama) and Matsushima-machi (Michinoku Date Masamune Historical Museum, Entsu-in Temple, &more). There's lots more to do: hit the slopes at Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort, browse the different shops at Kawamachi Terasu Yuriage, don't miss a visit to Ruins of the Great East Japan Earthquake Sedai Arahama Elementary School, and learn more about the world around you at Tohoku University of Natural History.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Sendai day trip site.

Drive from Aizuwakamatsu to Sendai in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Aizuwakamatsu in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 13°C in Sendai. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to fly to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sendai

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Melbourne, Australia

— 1 night

Australia's Garden City

On the 21st (Thu), admire all the interesting features of Royal Exhibition Building and then stroll around Fitzroy Gardens. On the next day, cruise along The Great Ocean Road.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip itinerary builder app.

Fly from Sendai to Melbourne in 15.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Sendai to Melbourne. While traveling from Sendai, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.