23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 1 night
2
Osaka
— 3 nights
3
Hiroshima
— 1 night
4
Kyoto
— 5 nights
5
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
6
Tokyo
— 7 nights
7
Minakami-machi
— 1 night
8
Tokyo
— 1 night

1
night
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.
On the 17th (Tue), wander the streets of Takeshita Street and then walk around Ueno Park.

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Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for cooler days in Tokyo, with highs around °C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around °C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks
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Takeshita Street ©
Takeshita Street
Ueno Park ©
Ueno Park

3
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.
Go for a jaunt from Osaka to Nara to see Nara Park about 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, take a stroll through Dotombori District, and see the interesting displays at Mizuno Sportology Gallery.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka travel planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December in Osaka, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Nara Park
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, thenmake a trip to Miyajima, and then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima tour itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Sun) before leaving for Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome
Miyajima
Miyajima

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.
Step out of Kyoto to go to Nara and see Todai-ji Temple, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa and then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Omicho Market, steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kanazawa are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

7
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi) and Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura). See some other sides of Tokyo: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

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You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Minakami-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

Urayasu, The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Kōtoku-in
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owlcafe akibafukurou ©
owlcafe akibafukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
night
Minakami-machi

Perched beneath the foothills of several soaring mountains, the town of Minakami-machi provides a picturesque stepping stone from which to explore the dramatic surrounding scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then experience the excitement of Tanigawadake Ropeway.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Minakami-machi road trip app.

Drive from Tokyo to Minakami-machi in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Minakami-machi

Adventure Tours Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tanigawadake Ropeway ©
Tanigawadake Ropeway
Onsen Resorts

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night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 7th (Tue), visit Asakusa, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Central Railway Station, and then take in the pleasant sights at Tokyo Station Marunouchi Ekimae Hiroba.

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

Drive from Minakami-machi to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Asakusa ©
Asakusa
Tokyo Central Railway Station ©
Tokyo Central Railway Station
Tokyo Station Marunouchi Ekimae Hiroba
Tokyo Station Marunouchi Ekimae Hiroba

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