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
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Matsuyama
— 1 night
+2
Fly + subway + train:  4​h 15​min
3
Nagasaki
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Sasebo
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
6
Okayama
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
7
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
8
Osaka
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Melbourne

3
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 30 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou.

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Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo. When traveling from Melbourne in November, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
night
Matsuyama

Matsuyama ©
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): examine the collection at Tobeyaki Traditional Industry Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishiteji, make a trip to Shinrokaku, test the waters at a local thermal spa, then step into the grandiose world of Matsuyama Castle, and finally make a trip to Bocchan Wind up Clock.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Matsuyama trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Matsuyama takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Matsuyama can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites Museums Spas

Side Trip

Tobeyaki Traditional Industry Museum
Find places to stay Nov 29 — 30:
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Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Ishiteji ©
Ishiteji
Thermal Spas

2
nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
On the 1st (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, see the interesting displays at Dejima, get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nagasaki Peace Park, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Inasayama Observation Deck. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Hashima Island, don't miss a visit to The Virgin Mary Statue on the Cape, get a sense of history and politics at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck, take in the views from Megane Bridge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sofukuji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Catholic Church Hongouchi.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki road trip app .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Matsuyama to Nagasaki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sasebo.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

2
nights
Sasebo

Sasebo ©
With its U.S.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Yumihari and then get in on the family fun at Huis Ten Bosch. On your second day here, get great views at Kawachi Toge Pass, then get great views at Chimachibo Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ohashikannonji, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Sasebo trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Nagasaki to Sasebo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Sasebo are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Sasebo

Theme Parks Nature Parks

Side Trips

Kawachi Toge Pass, Chimachibo Park
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Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Chimachibo Park ©
Chimachibo Park
Kawachi Toge Pass ©
Kawachi Toge Pass

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 5th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, head off the coast to Miyajima, and then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima visit planning tool .

Getting from Sasebo to Hiroshima by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Okayama.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 6:
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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

2
nights
Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): examine the collection at Japanese Rural Toy Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, then admire the masterpieces at Ohara Museum of Art, then admire the natural beauty at Okayama Korakuen Garden, and finally get outside with Kibi Plain Bicycle Route. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Yumeji Art Museum (Yumeji-Kyodo Bijutsukan), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kuma, and then hunt for treasures at Irigyogyo Kyodo Kumiai Manaichi.

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You can take a train from Hiroshima to Okayama in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Okayama, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Okayama

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Kurashiki, Bizen, Kibi Plain Bicycle Route
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 8:
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Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art
Japanese Rural Toy Museum ©
Japanese Rural Toy Museum

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.
When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Todai-ji Temple in Nara, approximately 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Arashiyama, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto tour itinerary maker website .

Traveling by train from Okayama to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

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

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Himeji (Koko-en Garden & Himeji Castle) and Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (in Chuo). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and take a stroll through Dotonbori.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka online trip maker .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Himeji, Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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