21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Melbourne
Fly + Train:  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
Bus + Train:  1 h 30 min
8
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Train + 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. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum, wander the streets of Akihabara, get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza, and stroll around Ueno Park.

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Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14- 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 (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in July; daily highs in Tokyo reach 36°C and lows reach 27°C. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings ©
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hozenji Yokocho. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, make a trip to Kuromon Market, don't miss a visit to Hozenji Yokocho, then wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and finally take a stroll through Dotombori. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Osaka sightseeing planning tool.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Osaka are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to catch the 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
Dotombori ©
Dotombori

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.
Kofuku-ji Temple has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, then make a trip to Daibutsuden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokke-do, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Nara online travel route planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. July in Nara sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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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, Umeda Sky Building, and other attractions.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Osaka online attractions planner.

You can take a train from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Another option is to drive. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Shopping 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.
You've added Nijo Castle, Gion Matsuri, Yasaka Shrine, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip app.

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo
To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tokyo day trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to 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.
You've added Odawara Castle, Hakone Sightseeing Cruise, Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 25th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Odawara Castle, admire the natural beauty at Little Prince Museum, and then revel in the low prices at Gotemba Premium Outlets. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, take an in-depth tour of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, take a tour by water with Hakone Sightseeing Cruise, then get great views at Hakone Ropeway, and finally make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hakone-machi road trip website.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in July: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to 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 ©
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. Family-friendly places like Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and KidZania Tokyo will thrill your kids. See some other sides of Tokyo: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, wander the streets of Takeshita Street, take an in-depth tour of Kanda Myojin, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Hakone-machi in July, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 27°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°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 ©
National Museum of Nature and Science

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