16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 1 night
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 2 nights

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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.
Asakusa Shrine and Kencho-ji Temple will appeal to history buffs. Let the collections at Nezu Museum and Oya History Museum capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Mt. Takao (in Hachioji) and Oyama Rice Terraces (in Kamogawa). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Yanaka District, stop by Odaiba District, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and enjoy the sand and surf at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park).

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

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. Traveling from Melbourne in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Tokyo, with lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 9:
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Must see
Asakusa Shrine
4.3
Historic Site
Kencho-ji Temple
4.5
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Mountain
Mt. Takao
4.4

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, trek along Hakone Stone‐paved Road, then identify plant and animal life at Hakone Shisseikaen, then see the interesting displays at Lalique Museum Hakone, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Choanji Temple.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hakone-machi trip planner.

Drive from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 10:
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Specialty Museum
Lalique Museum Hakone
4.2

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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.
Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Ise Shrine Geku. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sanzen-in Temple and Nishi Honganji. Change things up with a short trip to Miho Museum in Koka (about 52 minutes away). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shinnyodo Temple, admire the striking features of Ninna-ji Temple, and get great views at Mt. Kurama.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Kyoto takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or fly. When traveling from Hakone-machi in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 10 — 14:
Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Nijo Castle
4.3

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©

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 15th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, and finally steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Wed): see the interesting displays at JMSDF Kure Museum, then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then make a trip to Peace Flame.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 14 — 16:
Highlights from your trip
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Must see
JMSDF Kure Museum
4.5
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Religious Site
Mitaki Temple
4.8

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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 17th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Hozenji Yokocho, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hōzen-ji Temple, examine the collection at National Museum of Ethnology, then see the interesting displays at Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at Arima Onsen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine and then have fun and explore at Kids Plaza Osaka.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Osaka trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Baths

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 16 — 18:
Highlights from your trip
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Specialty Museum
Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda
4.4
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Onsen Resort
Arima Onsen
4.2
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Historic Site
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
4.4

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