16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train + bus:  1​h 45​min
2
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
train:  3​h 45​min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
5
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Melbourne

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Mt. Takao and Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park). Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Asakusa Shrine and Yanaka. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Oyama Rice Terraces (in Kamogawa), Oya Stone Museum (in Utsunomiya) and Kencho-ji Temple (in Kamakura). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, take an in-depth tour of Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, admire the masterpieces at Nezu Museum, and wander the streets of Odaiba.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip maker site .

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Tokyo, with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Museums

Side Trips

Mt. Takao, Oyama Rice Terraces, Oya History Museum, Kencho-ji Temple
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Yanaka ©
Yanaka
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

1
night
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, hike along Hakone Stone‐paved Road, admire the natural beauty at Hakone Shisseikaen, then examine the collection at Lalique Museum Hakone, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Choanji Temple.

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Take a train from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in October, you will find days in Hakone-machi are a bit cooler (19°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Wildlife
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The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lalique Museum Hakone ©
Lalique Museum Hakone
Hakone Shisseikaen ©
Hakone Shisseikaen

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sanzen-in Temple and Ninna-ji Temple. Popular historic sites such as Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nishi Honganji are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Ise Shrine Geku (in Ise) and Miho Museum (in Koka). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Gion, steep yourself in history at Mt. Kurama, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto online vacation maker .

You can take a train from Hakone-machi to Kyoto in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Hakone-machi in October, you will find days in Kyoto are a bit warmer (27°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Miho Museum, Ise Shrine Geku
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Ise Shrine Geku ©
Ise Shrine Geku

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.
On the 15th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, and finally contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Wed): examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then appreciate the history behind Peace Flame.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip itinerary website .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

JMSDF Kure Museum
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple

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.
On the 17th (Thu), get to know the fascinating history of Hozenji Yokocho, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hōzen-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ethnology, then examine the collection at CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, and finally appreciate the views at Arima Onsen. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine and then have fun and explore at Kids Plaza Osaka.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Osaka day trip planning app .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In October, daytime highs in Osaka are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

National Museum of Ethnology, Arima Onsen, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
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CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA ©
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine

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