22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + Train:  15 h 45 min
1
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
2
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Bus:  2 h
3
Fujiyoshida
— 1 night
Bus:  2 h
4
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  5 h 30 min
5
Uozu
— 2 nights
train:  2 h 30 min
6
Takayama
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h
7
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 45 min
8
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  15 h
End: Melbourne

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.
You've added Honen-in, Keage Incline, Nejirimampo (Keage Tunnel), and other attractions to your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nanzen-ji Temple and Mimurotoji Temple. Change things up with a short trip to Yamazaki River in Nagoya (about 1h 55 min away). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, visit Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chion-in Temple, and make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto holiday planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Kyoto is an approximately 16- hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. In May, Kyoto is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Uji, Yamazaki River
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nanzen-ji Temple ©
Nanzen-ji Temple

1
night
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mishima Skywalk as well as Hakone Moto Tsumiya Shrine. Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Moto Tsumiya Shrine, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), then trek along Hakone Stone‐paved Road, and finally snap pictures at Mishima Skywalk.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi online holiday planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hakone-machi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Kyoto in May, you will find days in Hakone-machi are a bit cooler (21°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Fujiyoshida.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Mishima Skywalk
Highlights from your plan
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Mishima Skywalk ©
Mishima Skywalk
Hakone Moto Tsumiya Shrine ©
Hakone Moto Tsumiya Shrine

1
night
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.
To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Fujiyoshida trip planning website.

Drive from Hakone-machi to Fujiyoshida in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 19°C. You will leave for Tokyo on the 13th (Wed).

Things to do in Fujiyoshida

Parks Historic Sites Nature

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.
You've added Edo Castle Sotobori Yotsuya Mitsukre Remains, Tayasu Gate, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, and other attractions to your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Edo-Tokyo Museum and Observatory, Seaside Top. Venture out of the city with trips to Kamakura (Kencho-ji Temple & Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, steep yourself in history at Hie Jinjya, and get to know the fascinating history of University of Tokyo.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo road trip planning site.

Traveling by bus from Fujiyoshida to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Fujiyoshida in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Mon) before leaving for Uozu.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Kamakura, Tachikawa, Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Hama Rikyu Gardens ©
Hama Rikyu Gardens
Zojo-ji Temple ©
Zojo-ji Temple

2
nights
Uozu

Uozu ©
Uozu is a city in the eastern part of Toyama Prefecture, Japan., the city had an estimated population of 42,556 and a population density of 212 persons per km². You've now added Kurobe Gorge to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Kurobegawa River Electricity Memorial, take a memorable tour with Kurobe Gorge, stroll around Omachi Kaigan Park, then admire the landmark architecture of Komesodo Hassho no Chi, then take in the history at Uozu Castle Remains, and finally examine the collection at Uozu Buried Forest Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Uozu trip itinerary site.

Drive from Tokyo to Uozu in 5.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Uozu are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Uozu

Tours Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Kurobe
Highlights from your plan
Kurobe Gorge ©
Kurobe Gorge
Uozu Buried Forest Museum ©
Uozu Buried Forest Museum

3
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Step off the beaten path and head to Takayama Jinya and Matsumoto City Art Museum. Explore Takayama's surroundings by going to Agematsu-machi (Mt. Hokendake & Mt. Kiso Komagatake), Kiso-machi (Kaidakogen Plateau, Kisomanosato, &more) and Matsumoto (Tokusawa, Karasawa Carl, &more). There's much more to do: hit the slopes at Senjojiki Cirque, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, don't miss a visit to Shokawa-Zakura, and go for a walk through Norikura Summit Tatamidaira.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Takayama attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Uozu to Takayama takes 2.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Matsumoto, Kiso-machi, Agematsu-machi, Senjojiki Cirque
Highlights from your plan
Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine ©
Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Senjojiki Cirque ©
Senjojiki Cirque

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): stop by Amanatto Kawamura, then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, then see the interesting displays at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum, and finally go for a walk through Gyokusen-immaru Garden.

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

Traveling by car from Takayama to Kanazawa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Kanazawa Phonograph Museum ©
Kanazawa Phonograph Museum

2
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.
On the 24th (Sun), admire the landmark architecture of Umeda Sky Building. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): stroll through Nakanoshima Park, wander the streets of Dotonbori, take in the pleasant sights at Ukiyokoji Street, get to know the fascinating history of Hozenji Yokocho, then get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Harukas 300 Observation Deck.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Osaka trip site.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Osaka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Mint Museum ©
Mint Museum
Kemasakuranomiya Park ©
Kemasakuranomiya Park

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