24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Himeji
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Tokyo

— 6 nights
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.
Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi), Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama) and Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Odaiba District, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Imperial Palace, and engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo journey planning site.

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo is minus 1 hour. In April in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
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: Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses & Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen), Takayama (Takayama Jinya & Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall) and Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, and explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip builder.

Fly from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Kanazawa when traveling from Tokyo in April, with lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 3 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, and examine the collection at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Kanazawa to Hiroshima in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Himeji

— 4 nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Himeji: Tottori (Tottori Sand Dunes & Ochidani Park), Kurashiki (Ohara Museum of Art, Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, &more) and Shikoku Mura Village (in Takamatsu). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Himeji Castle, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kibitsu Shrine, and take in the pleasant sights at Otokoyama Haisuiike Park.

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You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Himeji sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 5 nights
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'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan (in Uji) and Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Heian Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Chishaku-in Meisho Garden, and wander the streets of Arashiyama.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto vacation site.

Take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Himeji in May, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 29°C. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.