56 days in Japan & Australia Itinerary

56 days in Japan & Australia Itinerary

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Tokyo, Japan
— 6 nights
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Fuji, Japan
— 4 nights
Drive
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Matsuzaki-cho, Japan
— 1 night
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Nikko, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Shirakawa-cho, Japan
— 1 night
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Kyoto, Japan
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Nara, Japan
— 1 night
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Osaka, Japan
— 1 night
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Tanabe, Japan
— 4 nights
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Kobe, Japan
— 3 nights
Train to Uno, Ferry to Naoshima-cho
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Naoshima-cho, Japan
— 2 nights
Ferry to Uno Port, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
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Fukuoka, Japan
— 1 night
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Shikokuchuo, Japan
— 1 night
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Beppu, Japan
— 1 night
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Drive to Fukuoka Airport, Fly to Naha Airport / JASDF Naha Air Base, Drive to Okinawa City
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Okinawa City, Japan
— 7 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
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Lady Elliot Island, Australia
— 4 nights
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Brisbane, Australia
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Tokyo, Japan

— 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kagurazaka and Rikugien Garden. Relax by the water at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park) and Ubara Beach. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Moriya Beach in Katsuura, approximately Katsuura away. Next up on the itinerary: see where the action happens at Ryogoku Kokugikan, visit Ueno District, wander the streets of Odaiba District, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo City View Observation Deck (Roppongihills).

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Zurich in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Tokyo, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Fuji.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Neighborhoods · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Fuji, Japan

— 4 nights
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Your day by day itinerary now includes Mt. Fuji 5th Station. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Waketamaike Spring and Hiromi Park.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Fuji day trip planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Fuji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in July, plan for little chillier days in Fuji, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Matsuzaki-cho.

Things to do in Fuji

Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Matsuzaki-cho, Japan

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): kick back and relax at Futo Beach, look for gifts at Izu Fishery Market, Matsuzaki, and then take some stellar pictures from Senganmon.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Matsuzaki-cho online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Fuji to Matsuzaki-cho in 2.5 hours. July in Matsuzaki-cho sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Nikko.

Things to do in Matsuzaki-cho

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Nikko, Japan

— 2 nights
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
On the 6th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Kirifuri Highlands Kisuge Plain and then take in the dramatic scenery at Kirifuri Waterfall. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Otome Waterfall and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nikko trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Matsuzaki-cho to Nikko by car takes about 5.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Nikko are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Shirakawa-cho.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Shirakawa-cho, Japan

— 1 night
On the 9th (Mon), see the interesting displays at The Oldest Rock Museum In Japan and then relax in the rural setting at Sakaori Tanada.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Shirakawa-cho driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Nikko to Shirakawa-cho takes 6 hours. July in Shirakawa-cho sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Shirakawa-cho

Museums

Side Trips

Kyoto, Japan

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.
For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planner.

You can drive from Shirakawa-cho to Kyoto in 3 hours. While traveling from Shirakawa-cho, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 28°C. You will leave for Nara on the 9th (Mon).

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Nara, Japan

— 1 night

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Wakakusa, admire the natural beauty at Isuien Garden, stroll around Nara Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Nara journey builder site.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Osaka, Japan

— 1 night
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 11th (Wed), explore the engaging exhibits at Kids Plaza Osaka, identify plant and animal life at Sakuya Konohanakan, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Nifrel.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka holiday website.

Traveling by train from Nara to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. July in Osaka sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tanabe.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Tanabe, Japan

— 4 nights
Considered a holy space where the gods once lived, the city of Tanabe teems with spiritual, cultural, and natural beauty.
Escape the urban bustle at Kawayu Onsen and Dorokyo. You'll get in some beach time at Ezura Beach and Rinkaiura Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Tanabe side-trips: Hirou Shrine (in Nachikatsura-cho) and Kujirahama Beach (in Taiji-cho). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tokei Shrine and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Adventure World.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Tanabe travel route tool.

You can take a train from Osaka to Tanabe in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Osaka in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Tanabe: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Tanabe

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Kobe, Japan

— 3 nights
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.
On the 16th (Mon), examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, kick back and relax at Amore Beach, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki). Keep things going the next day: soak in some Japanese tradition at Arima Onsen, then try your luck at Hanshin Horse Racetrack, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Rokko Garden Terrace.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kobe sightseeing app.

You can take a train from Tanabe to Kobe in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in July, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Fun & Games · Casinos · Beaches

Side Trips

Naoshima-cho, Japan

— 2 nights
On a vacation in Naoshima-cho, a charming island town in the Seto Inland Sea, you can discover its numerous contemporary art museums, sculptures, installations, and galleries.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Shimacoya, get in on the family fun at Omocha Okoku, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Shibukawa Coast. On your second day here, admire the landmark architecture of Art House Project, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Shibukawa Marine Aquariums (Tamano City Marine Museum), and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Ojigadake.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Naoshima-cho road trip site.

You can do a combination of train and ferry from Kobe to Naoshima-cho in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In July in Naoshima-cho, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Hiroshima, Japan

— 2 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.
On the 20th (Fri), examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Bay Side Beach Saka, and then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Ground Zero, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku, then don't miss a visit to Gojuno To, and finally kick back and relax at Mikasahama Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima travel planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and train from Naoshima-cho to Hiroshima takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fukuoka, Japan

— 1 night

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
On the 22nd (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Atago Jinja Shrine, then step off the mainland to explore Shika Island, and then head off the coast to Nokonoshima Island. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Miyajihama Beach.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Fukuoka route planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of ferry and flight. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Shikokuchuo.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Shikokuchuo, Japan

— 1 night
On the 24th (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Suiha Kogen, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sankaku Shrine, and then don't miss a visit to Senryuji Temple.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Shikokuchuo trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Fukuoka to Shikokuchuo in 7 hours. July in Shikokuchuo sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Beppu.

Things to do in Shikokuchuo

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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Beppu, Japan

— 1 night
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
On the 25th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Yufu River Valley and then get outside with Tanoura Beach.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Beppu visit planner.

You can drive from Shikokuchuo to Beppu in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Shikokuchuo in July, expect nights in Beppu to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are slightly colder, around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Okinawa City.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks · Fun & Games · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

Okinawa City, Japan

— 7 nights
Okinawa is the second-largest city in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, following Naha, the capital city. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Toyosaki Kaihin Koen and Aka Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nishibama Beach and Aka Bridge. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Okinawa City: Sea Glass Beach (in Nago), Takatsukiyama Observatory Deck (in Zamami-son) and Tokashiki-son (Nagannu Island, Aharen Observatory, &more). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Kouri Beach, get outside with Miibaru Beach, appreciate the history behind Tomori no Ishibori Ufujishi, and walk around Araha Park (Araha Beach).

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Okinawa City road trip planning app.

Explore your travel options from Beppu to Okinawa City with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Okinawa City

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Tokyo, Japan

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Okinawa City to Tokyo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. You'll set off for Sydney on the 1st (Wed).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Sydney, Australia

The Harbour City

Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Balmoral Beach, Mosman.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Tokyo to Sydney in 12.5 hours. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time (JST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Tokyo in August, with highs in Sydney at 22°C and lows at 11°C. On the 2nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Lady Elliot Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Lady Elliot Island, Australia

— 4 nights
Lady Elliot Island is known for historic sites and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sea views from Lady Elliot Island Lighthouse.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Lady Elliot Island day trip website.

Explore your travel options from Sydney to Lady Elliot Island with the Route module. On the 6th (Mon), you'll travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Lady Elliot Island

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Brisbane, Australia

— 11 nights

Australia's New World City

Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Springbrook National Park and Burleigh Head National Park. Visiting Bulcock Beach and Maroochydore Beach will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Natural Bridge (in Springbrook), Maleny (Maleny Dairies & Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve) and Kings Beach (in Caloundra). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Tamborine Mountain, browse the different shops at Robina Town Centre, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and take in the waterfront at Eagle Street Pier.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lady Elliot Island to Brisbane. In August, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

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.

Australia travel guide

4.6
Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.