21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
2
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
3
Nara
— 1 day
train:  1​h
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Tokyo
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
7
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
8
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  14​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.
You've added NEWoMan, Godzilla Head, Isetan Shinjuku Store, and other attractions to your itinerary. Attractions like Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings and National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum, take a stroll through Akihabara, walk around Ueno Park, and shop like a local with Ginza.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Tokyo vacation maker website .

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in July, with highs in Tokyo at 36°C and lows at 27°C. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Thu) before leaving for Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
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Ginza ©
Ginza

2
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 Hozenji Yokocho to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, then get to know the fascinating history of Hozenji Yokocho, then get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and finally take a stroll through Dotonbori. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka route planning site .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
day
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kofuku-ji Temple. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): walk around Nara Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daibutsuden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokke-do, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Nara day trip website .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough 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

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Your list of things to see and do now includes Legoland Discovery Center Osaka, Shitennoji Temple, Umeda Sky Building, and other attractions.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka online route builder .

Getting from Nara to Osaka by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Mon) before leaving for Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Theme Parks Historic Sites
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Legoland Discovery Center Osaka ©
Legoland Discovery Center Osaka
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Osaka Castle Park ©
Osaka Castle Park

2
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Nijo Castle, Gion Matsuri, Yasaka Shrine, and other attractions you added. There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple and steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

Plan my day in Kyoto using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. July in Kyoto sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Theme Parks
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Toei Kyoto Studio Park ©
Toei Kyoto Studio Park
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo
To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tokyo route planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Thu) before leaving for Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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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 Odawara Castle, Hakone Sightseeing Cruise, Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Odawara Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Little Prince Museum, and then get some fabulous bargains at Gotemba Premium Outlets. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, take an in-depth tour of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, then take a tour by water with Hakone Sightseeing Cruise, then get great views at Hakone Ropeway, and finally don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi driving holiday planning site .

Getting from Tokyo to Hakone-machi by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in July, you will find days in Hakone-machi are a bit cooler (28°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Odawara Castle, Gotemba Premium Outlets
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Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
Owaku-dani Valley ©
Owaku-dani Valley
Hakone Ropeway ©
Hakone Ropeway

6
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
You've added Kawagoe Ichibangai Shopping Street, Toki no Kane, Sumida River Fireworks, and other attractions to your itinerary. Bring the kids along to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Museum of Science, Tokyo University of Science. See even more of Tokyo: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, explore the engaging exhibits at KidZania Tokyo, engage your brain at National Museum of Nature and Science, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kanda Myojin.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo itinerary website .

Getting from Hakone-machi to Tokyo by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in July: highs in Tokyo hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 27°C. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Kawagoe, Tokyo Disneyland
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
National Museum of Nature and Science ©

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