23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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23 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Minakami-machi
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
4
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  30​min
5
Kobe
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
6
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
8
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

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 (Sun), admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Central Railway Station.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tokyo online day trip planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Melbourne, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Minakami-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Takeshita Street ©
Takeshita Street
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Asakusa ©
Asakusa

2
nights
Minakami-machi

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.
You've now added Takaragawa Onsen to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Takaragawa Onsen, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and finally catch some excitement at Tanigawadake Ropeway. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Fukiwarenotaki Falls, then don't miss a visit to Takumi no Sato, and then get to know the fascinating history of Ikaho Stone Steps.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Minakami-machi road trip planning site .

Getting from Tokyo to Minakami-machi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Minakami-machi

Baths Spas Parks

Side Trip

Fukiwarenotaki Falls
Highlights from your plan
Fukiwarenotaki Falls ©
Fukiwarenotaki Falls
Tanigawadake Ropeway ©
Tanigawadake Ropeway
Takumi no Sato ©
Takumi no Sato

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take a stroll through Dotonbori and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Osaka trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Minakami-machi to Osaka by car takes about 8 hours. Other options: fly. In November in Osaka, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Ropeway, don't miss a visit to Nishi no Maru Nagatsubone, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Viewing Deck, Himeji Station Square. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Otemae Street, then make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, then don't miss a visit to Awaji Highway Oasis, and finally take some stellar pictures from Awaji Hanasajiki.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip planner .

Take a train from Osaka to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Awaji
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

2
nights
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): admire the verdant scenery at Arima Onsen, don't miss a visit to Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street, then get a taste of the local shopping with Chinatown (Nankinmachi), and finally shop like a local with Kobe Harborland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Kobe Port Tower, explore and take pictures at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ikuta Shrine, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Kobe City Hall (Observation Deck).

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kobe trip tool .

Kobe is just a short distance from Himeji. November in Kobe sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)

4
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Heian Shrine, and stop by Bento&co.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary site .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Kobe. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
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 30th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine and then steep yourself in history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, then pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip website .

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Itsukushima Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

6
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura), Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama) and The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi). Have a day of magic on the 5th (Thu) at Tokyo Disneyland. See even more of Tokyo: make a trip to Tokyo Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Urayasu, The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Kōtoku-in
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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