19 days in Japan & Hong Kong Itinerary

19 days in Japan & Hong Kong Itinerary

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19 days in Japan & Hong Kong Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  8​h
1
Hong Kong, China
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
2
Tokyo, Japan
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Hakone-machi, Japan
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Osaka, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
5
Hiroshima, Japan
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
6
Fukuoka, Japan
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
7
Kyoto, Japan
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
8
Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Melbourne, Australia

1
night
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Hong Kong day trip planning website .

Melbourne, Australia to Hong Kong is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Hong Kong due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Melbourne, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Hong Kong, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Tokyo.
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Hong Kong Skyline ©
Hong Kong Skyline

6
nights
Tokyo, Japan

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.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 23rd (Sat) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Skytree.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Hong Kong to Tokyo takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Hong Kong to Tokyo is 1 hour. While traveling from Hong Kong, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

1
night
Hakone-machi, Japan

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 26th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley, then take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and then make a splash at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hakone-machi trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in March, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Spas Baths Theme Parks
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Hakone Kowakien Yunessun ©
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)

4
nights
Osaka, Japan

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Nara (Nara Park & Todai-ji Temple). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, stop by Shimada Shoten, and take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Hakone-machi to Osaka by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in March: highs in Osaka hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Nara
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
night
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mashike Itsukushima Shrine. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle and then contemplate the long history of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

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You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow time for the train ride to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Mashikeitsukushima Shrine
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Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Hiroshima Castle ©
Hiroshima Castle

1
night
Fukuoka, Japan

Fukuoka ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka day trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games
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Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine
Fukuoka Yahuoku! Dome ©
Fukuoka Yahuoku! Dome

1
night
Kyoto, Japan

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle and then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto online trip maker .

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): take a stroll through Takeshita Street, get curious at National Museum of Nature and Science, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ueno Zoo, and finally steep yourself in history at Tokyo Central Railway Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): make a trip to Yokohama Chinatown and then shop like a local with Asakusa.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo road trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Yokohama Chinatown
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Takeshita Street ©
Takeshita Street
Ueno Zoo ©
Ueno Zoo
Asakusa ©
Asakusa

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