23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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23 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 13 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + train:  5​h
2
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
4
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Hakuba-mura
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  23​h
End: Melbourne

13
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kamogawa SeaWorld and Ikspiari. Kids will enjoy Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings and Edo-Tokyo Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Yokohama (Yokohama Port Osanbashi International Passenger Terminal, Sankeien Gardens, & more), Urayasu (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea) and Mt. Takao (in Hachioji). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tokyo tour itinerary planning app .

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Melbourne in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Tokyo, with lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yokohama, Urayasu, Kamakura, Mt. Takao, Kamogawa Sea World
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Kamogawa Sea World ©
Kamogawa Sea World
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

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 23rd (Tue), examine the collection at Hikaru Museum, examine the collection at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then examine the collection at Hida Takayama Teddy Bear Eco Village, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Funasaka Shuzo Brewery, and finally get engrossed in the history at Takayama Showa Museum. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, steep yourself in history at Kusakabe Folk Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Yoshijima Heritage House, then ponder the world of politics at Takayama Jinya, and finally stop by Hida Bussankan.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Takayama road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Takayama takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or take a bus. In October in Takayama, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Hikaru Museum ©
Hikaru Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): find something for the whole family at Toei Kyoto Studio Park, then meet the residents at Kyoto Aquarium, and then take a stroll through Pontocho. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at Hirakata Park.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner .

Traveling by car from Takayama to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Kyoto are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Hirakata Park
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Toei Kyoto Studio Park ©
Toei Kyoto Studio Park
Hirakata Park ©
Hirakata Park
Kyoto Aquarium ©
Kyoto Aquarium

2
nights
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.
On the 27th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Atagawa Tropical & Alligator Garden and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Izu Animal Kingdom. Keep things going the next day: snap pictures at Jogasaki Suspension Bridge, then see the interesting displays at Izu Teddy Bear Museum, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Kawazu Nanadaru Waterfalls.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Hakone-machi trip simple and quick.

Take a train from Kyoto to Hakone-machi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Kyoto in October, you will find days in Hakone-machi are slightly colder (19°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Ito, Higashiizu-cho, Kawazu Nanadaru Waterfalls
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Izu Animal Kingdom ©
Izu Animal Kingdom
Atagawa Tropical & Alligator Garden ©
Izu Teddy Bear Museum ©
Izu Teddy Bear Museum

2
nights
Hakuba-mura

Hakuba-mura
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Mikurigaike Pond, then contemplate the long history of Oyama Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Kurobe Dam, and finally snap pictures at Oide no Tsuribashi Suspension Bridge.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Hakuba-mura day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Hakuba-mura takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Traveling from Hakone-machi in October, plan for little chillier nights in Hakuba-mura, with lows around 14°C. On the 31st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tateyama-machi
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Kurobe Dam
Kurobe Dam
Hakuba Jump Arena ©
Hakuba Jump Arena
Mikurigaike Pond
Mikurigaike Pond

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