22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  3​h
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
4
Kobe
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
5
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  4​h
6
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
+2
bus + train + Fly:  17​h
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 Tokyo Tower, Pokemon Mega Center Tokyo, Tokyo Skytree, and other attractions to your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Do your shopping at Takeshita Street and Asakusa. There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji and take a stroll through Akihabara.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo day trip app .

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In May, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Tours
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Arashiyama, Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, Nanzen-ji Temple, and other attractions. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nijo Castle and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto online trip itinerary builder .

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Osaka Castle and Nigatsu-do Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Nara (Nara Park, Nara Park, & more) and CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA (in Ikeda). There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of Oriental Ceramics.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka road trip planner .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. On the 15th (Fri), you'll travel to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Wildlife Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Nara, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

2
nights
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mt. Rokko. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Himeji Castle and Kobe Harborland. Take a break from Kobe with a short trip to Himeji Central Park in Himeji, about 1h 05 min away. There's more to do: take an in-depth tour of Kobe City Museum (Kobe Shiritsu Hakubutsukan).

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kobe trip itinerary planning tool .

Kobe is just a short distance from Osaka. Traveling from Osaka in May, you will find days in Kobe are little chillier (25°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kobe

Wildlife Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trip

Himeji
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Himeji Central Park ©
Himeji Central Park

1
night
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Himeji is known for historic sites, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagoyama Reien Busharito and make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji.

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Himeji is just a stone's throw from Kobe. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 20°C. You will leave for home on the 20th (Wed).

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites
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Nagoyama Reien Busharito ©
Nagoyama Reien Busharito
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): browse the exhibits of Art Jeunesse Akihabara, then get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and finally get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): wander the streets of Yokohama Chinatown and then engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tokyo driving holiday planner .

Getting from Himeji to Tokyo by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Yokohama Chinatown
Find places to stay May 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace
Art Jeunesse Akihabara ©
Art Jeunesse Akihabara

3
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Aokigahara Forest. Mount Fuji and Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Gempeigawa River and Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Mishima Taisha (in Mishima) and Gotemba Premium Outlets (in Gotemba). There's lots more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Lake Kawaguchi, explore the world behind art at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine.

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You can drive from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in May, you will find days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi are slightly colder (21°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mishima, Mount Fuji, Gotemba Premium Outlets, Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine
Find places to stay May 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Gempeigawa River ©
Gempeigawa River

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