17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Odawara
— Few hours
bus:  30​min
3
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
train:  4​h
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
5
Nara
— Few hours
train:  1​h
6
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
7
Tokyo
— 1 night
8
Nikko
— 1 night
9
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h 30​min
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes teamLab Borderless, Tsukiji Nippon Fish Port Market, Tokyo Tower, and other attractions. There's lots more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, make a trip to Shinjuku Golden Gai, take a stroll through Akihabara, and stroll through Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo online driving holiday planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Melbourne in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 32°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 24°C. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Odawara.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Shopping Parks
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

few
hours
Odawara

Odawara ©
Flanked on two sides by the Hakone Mountains, Odawara serves as a popular base for visits to the nearby Hakone hot springs, although the city boasts its own hot spring, as well as a scenic coastal area known for its clear, unspoiled waters.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Odawara Castle.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Odawara trip planning website .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Odawara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Tokyo in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Odawara, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Odawara

Historic Sites
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Odawara Castle ©
Odawara Castle

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hakone Gora Tourism Information Center, Gora Station. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): get answers to all your questions at Hakone Gora Tourism Information Center, Gora Station.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hakone-machi trip planner.

Hakone-machi is just a stone's throw from Odawara. September in Hakone-machi sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Nature
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Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Kifune-jinja Shrine, Kimono Tea Ceremony Maikoya Kyoto, Kyoto Tower, and other attractions. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, go for a walk through Arashiyama, and make a trip to Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto sightseeing planner .

Take a train from Hakone-machi to Kyoto in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Hakone-machi in September, you will find days in Kyoto are a bit warmer (33°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Mon) before leaving for Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nightlife
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

few
hours
Nara

Nara ©
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.
On the 16th (Mon), stroll around Nara Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Nara online driving holiday planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. September in Nara sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Minoo Park, Umeda Sky Building and Kuromon Market. And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori, wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Osaka online holiday planner .

You can take a train from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Another option is to drive. In September, daytime highs in Osaka are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Minoo Park
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Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Central Railway Station.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo road trip site .

Take a train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites
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Tokyo Central Railway Station ©
Tokyo Central Railway Station

1
night
Nikko

Nikko ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kegon Falls. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Taiyuimbyo Shrine.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Nikko trip planning site .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Nikko can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Kegon Falls ©
Kegon Falls
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo
To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner .

Traveling by train from Nikko to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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