22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  1​h
2
Himeji
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
5
Nagoya
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Kusatsu-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): make a trip to Miyajima, contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip itinerary planning app .

Melbourne, Australia to Hiroshima is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Hiroshima due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Melbourne in March, plan for colder days and a bit cooler nights in Hiroshima: temperatures range from 16°C by day to 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome
Miyajima ©
Miyajima

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Onsen Resorts, Koko-en Garden and Himeji Castle.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Himeji road trip website .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Spas Historic Sites Baths
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden

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.
Osaka Pub Crawl has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then stroll around Nara Park, then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and finally take a stroll through Minami (Namba). Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, then wander the streets of Dotonbori, and finally join in the after-dark buzz at Osaka Pub Crawl.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka online visit planner .

You can take a train from Himeji to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Nightlife Tours

Side Trip

Nara
Highlights from your plan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shisha Cafe Velvet Kyoto, Kyoto Rental Cycle and Arashiyama. Visit Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kinkaku-ji and Ryoanji Temple. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle and contemplate the long history of Kyoto Imperial Palace.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planning site .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Outdoors Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

2
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
On the 4th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Nagoya Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and then take a stroll through Sakae. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Hikone Castle, make a trip to Inuyama Castle, then identify plant and animal life at Yamazaki River, and finally examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Nagoya tour site .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nagoya in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in April, you will find days in Nagoya are little chillier (19°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Hikone Castle, Inuyama Castle
Highlights from your plan
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Inuyama Castle ©
Inuyama Castle

1
night
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
On the 6th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Joraku-ji Temple. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ganshoin Temple, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shibuyu Shrine.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Yamanouchi-machi tour itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Nagoya to Yamanouchi-machi in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in April, Yamanouchi-machi is little chillier at night with lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Kusatsu-machi.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Wildlife Parks Spas

Side Trips

Ganshoin Temple, Joraku-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Onsen Resorts
Shibuyu Shrine ©
Shibuyu Shrine

2
nights
Kusatsu-machi

Kusatsu-machi ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Onsen Resorts. Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): witness a stunning natural landmark at Yubatake, then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, then look for gifts at Kusatsu Glass Warehouse, and finally stroll around Sainokawara Park. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Ike no Taira Shitsugen and then don't miss a visit to Netsunoyu.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kusatsu-machi online driving holiday planner .

Drive from Yamanouchi-machi to Kusatsu-machi in 3 hours. In April in Kusatsu-machi, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kusatsu-machi

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Ike no Taira Shitsugen
Highlights from your plan
Yubatake ©
Yubatake
Onsen Resorts
Netsunoyu ©
Netsunoyu

7
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Odaiba Tokyo Oedo-Onsen Monogatari. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sensō-ji and Tokyo National Museum. Imperial Palace and Hase-dera Temple will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Gotemba Premium Outlets (in Gotemba), Kamakura (Catholic Yukinosita Church, Kōtoku-in, & more) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Fuji). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Odaiba, get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, shop like a local with Takeshita Street, and examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

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Traveling by car from Kusatsu-machi to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kamakura, Yokohama, Kamiyatsuno Okusuu, Gotemba Premium Outlets, Nature & Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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