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:  30​min
2
Maihama
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
3
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
6
Osaka
— 4 nights
7
Shirahama-cho
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Tokyo

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and National Museum of Nature and Science. Discover out-of-the-way places like Chidorigafuchi and The National Art Center, Tokyo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Enoshima Island (in Fujisawa) and Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) & Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine). Next up on the itinerary: ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) Terminal No2 Observation Deck, wander the streets of Ueno, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Tokyo holiday tool .

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) (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Melbourne in July, things will get much warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 36°C and lows about 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can take a train to Maihama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Enoshima Island
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The National Art Center, Tokyo ©
The National Art Center, Tokyo
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

2
nights
Maihama

Maihama ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland. Keep things going the next day: stop by Bon Voyage and then make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo DisneySea.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Maihama trip builder website .

Maihama is just a stone's throw from Tokyo. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Maihama

Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Bon Voyage ©
Bon Voyage

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Notojima Aquarium and Isolite Diatomite Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Marin Park Beach and Maruoka Castle. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Ikko Ikki History Museum (in Hakusan), Nanto (Gokayama, Ainokura Gassho Community, & more) and Kakusenkei Gorge (in Kaga). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and make a trip to Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Kanazawa day trip planner.

Getting from Maihama to Kanazawa by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Maihama in July, expect little chillier with lows of 26°C in Kanazawa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Nanto, Nanao, Ikko Ikki History Museum, Maruoka Castle, Kakusenkei Gorge
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Notojima Aquarium ©
Notojima Aquarium
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
D. T. Suzuki Museum ©
D. T. Suzuki Museum

2
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
On the 13th (Sat), take in panoramic vistas at Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, then take in panoramic vistas at Tenshukakau Observatory, then get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and finally admire the sheer force of Osakacho Waterfalls. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Rail - MTB Gattan Go!!, admire the striking features of Takayama City Hall, and then contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Takayama driving holiday planning app .

You can drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trips

Rail Mountain Bike Gattan Go!!, Tenshukakau Observatory, Osakacho Waterfalls
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Rail Mountain Bike Gattan Go!! ©
Rail Mountain Bike Gattan Go!!
Tenshukakau Observatory ©
Tenshukakau Observatory
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, then examine the collection at Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then get to know the resident critters at Monkey Park Iwatayama, then see the interesting displays at Lake Biwa Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chion-in Temple.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip maker website .

You can drive from Takayama to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Kyoto are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Lake Biwa Museum
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Lake Biwa Museum ©
Lake Biwa Museum
Monkey Park Iwatayama ©
Monkey Park Iwatayama

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Koyasan Danjo Garan and Food Tours. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Nara (Todai-ji Temple, Toshodaiji Temple, & more) and Kongobu-ji Temple (in Koya-cho). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, take a stroll through Dotonbori, admire the landmark architecture of Umeda Sky Building, and look for gifts at Shimada Shoten.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Osaka road trip planning tool .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In July, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Shirahama-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho
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Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

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nights
Shirahama-cho

Shirahama-cho ©
A popular resort town with many hot springs and long, man-made white sand beaches, Shirahama-cho draws scores of tourists.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): admire the striking features of Kampukuzen-ji Temple, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Adventure World, then contemplate the long history of Kumano Sansho Shrine, and finally stroll around Shinjo Park. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Nakata Foods Nakata Umeboshi Kobo, then enjoy the sand and surf at Shirarahama Beach, and then examine the collection at Kishu Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Shirahama-cho road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Osaka to Shirahama-cho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Osaka in July, you will find days in Shirahama-cho are slightly colder (34°C), and nights are about the same (30°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Shirahama-cho

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tanabe
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Shirarahama Beach ©
Shirarahama Beach
Adventure World ©
Adventure World
Kishu Museum ©
Kishu Museum

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