21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
3
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Yanai
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Imabari
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mt. Fuji 5th Station as well as Ghibli Museum Mitaka. The adventure continues: make a trip to Tokyo Skytree and get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary maker site .

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for colder days in Tokyo, with highs around 14°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Mt. Fuji 5th Station
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Skytree ©
Tokyo Skytree
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka

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.
You've now added Universal Studios Japan to your itinerary. It doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Osaka trip planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December in Osaka, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Mt. Misen (in Miyajima), Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Itsukushima Shrine, & more) and Kure (JMSDF Kure Museum & Yamato Museum). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima tour itinerary planning app .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Yanai.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

4
nights
Yanai

Yanai ©
Yanai is a city located in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. Explore Yanai's surroundings by going to Iwakuni (Iwakuni Castle & Kintaikyo Bridge), Hagi (Tokoji Temple, Shoin Shrine, & more) and Aozora Park (in Shunan). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda, see the interesting displays at Museum of Merchants Muroya No Sono, snap pictures at Oshima Bridge, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Taikodani Inari Shrine.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Yanai holiday planner .

You can drive from Hiroshima to Yanai in 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Imabari.

Things to do in Yanai

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hagi, Iwakuni, Ko Ito Memorial Park, Aozora Park, Taikodani Inari Shrine
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Shoin Shrine ©
Shoin Shrine
Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda
Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda
Kintaikyo Bridge ©
Kintaikyo Bridge

4
nights
Imabari

Imabari ©
The city of Imabari encompasses several islands in Japan's inland sea, and due to this strategic location it changed hands regularly during the feudal era.
Change things up with these side-trips from Imabari: Kotohira-gu (in Kotohira-cho), Nogi Museum (in Zentsuji) and Ritsurin Garden (in Takamatsu). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Matsuyama Castle, snap pictures at Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oyamazumi Shrine, and enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Kiro Observatory Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Imabari online day trip planner .

Drive from Yanai to Imabari in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Imabari

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kurashiki, Matsuyama, Okayama, Kochi Castle, Nogi Museum
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Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Ritsurin Garden
Ritsurin Garden
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden

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