19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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19 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + Train:  15​h 15​min
1
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Bus + Train:  1​h 15​min
2
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
6
Osaka
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Melbourne

2
nights
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 28th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Narukawa Art Museum, explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), then admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and finally get great views at Hakone Ropeway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park and then get great views at Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi trip maker app .

Melbourne, Australia to Hakone-machi is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for colder days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 8°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck, Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park
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Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Narukawa Art Museum ©
Narukawa Art Museum

4
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, take a stroll through Odaiba, and see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Tokyo journey planner .

You can do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in December: highs in Tokyo hover around 14°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, contemplate the long history of Higashichaya Old Town, contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, then make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the verdant scenery at Aratama Valley, stroll around Ishikawa Jumoku Park, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, then admire the striking features of Tsuzumi Gate, and finally contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa sightseeing planning app .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in January: highs in Kanazawa hover around 7°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Aratama Valley, Ishikawa Jumoku Park
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

3
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, don't miss a visit to Arashiyama, and wander the streets of Gion.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Kyoto trip simple and quick.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Kyoto are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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 8th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine, then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, and then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip planner .

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin & Mt. Koya), Nara (Nara Park & Todaiji Temple Cultural Center) and Himeji (Koko-en & Himeji Castle). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, and shop like a local with Dotonbori.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka sightseeing planner.

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 January, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Himeji, Koya-cho, Nara
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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