22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 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
— 5 nights
Train:  45​min
4
Himeji
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h
5
Hiroshima
— 4 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.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo visit app .

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Gallery Otera (in Takaoka), Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, and admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa vacation maker site .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Tokyo in April since evenings lows in Kanazawa dip to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

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

5
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 Osaka (Osaka Castle & Dotonbori) and Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, admire the natural beauty at Rakusai Chikurin Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Kyoto are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Himeji: Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama), Awaga Shrine (in Asago) and Mt. Kuma (in Bizen). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, and contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Himeji online route planner .

Take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Awaga Shrine, Mt. Takamikura, Tarumino Ozakura, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Mt. Kuma
Highlights from your plan
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, & more) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip itinerary app .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

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

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