17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Melbourne

6
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama) and The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and find something for the whole family at Tokyo Disneyland.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tokyo online tour planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Melbourne in September, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are much hotter (24°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Urayasu, The Hakone Open-Air Museum
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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.
Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Todai-ji Temple in Nara--about 1 hour away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, go for a walk through Arashiyama, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto planner .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima holiday planning tool .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Himeji Castle (in Himeji) and Nara Park (in Nara). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senko-ji Temple, and meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Osaka day trip website .

Getting from Hiroshima to Osaka by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In September in Osaka, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Himeji Castle, Nara Park
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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