23 days in Sydney, Japan & Melbourne Itinerary

23 days in Sydney, Japan & Melbourne Itinerary

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23 days in Sydney, Japan & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Hobart, Australia
Fly:  4​h
1
Sydney, Australia
— 1 night
Fly:  11​h
2
Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 45​min
3
Hatsukaichi, Japan
— 1 night
train:  30​min
4
Hiroshima, Japan
— 1 day
train:  2​h
5
Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
6
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
7
Shizuoka, Japan
— Few hours
train:  30​min
8
Yaizu, Japan
— 1 day
train:  1​h 30​min
9
Yokohama, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
10
Tokyo, Japan
— 10 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
11
Narita, Japan
— 1 night
train + Fly:  10​h 30​min
12
Melbourne, Australia
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
End: Hobart, Australia

1
night
Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Darling Harbour, Australian National Maritime Museum and Powerhouse Museum. On the 15th (Mon), wander the streets of Darling Harbour, then see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and then get curious at Powerhouse Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip itinerary builder website .

Hobart to Sydney is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Hobart in July, things will get a bit warmer in Sydney: highs are around 21°C and lows about 9°C. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Childrens Museums Neighborhoods
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Australian National Maritime Museum ©
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Powerhouse Museum ©
Powerhouse Museum

2
nights
Tokyo, Japan

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Imperial Palace, Tokyo Central Railway Station and Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo online trip planner .

Getting from Sydney to Tokyo by flight takes about 12.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Tokyo. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Sydney in July: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 36°C and lows are around 27°C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites
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Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace
Tokyo Central Railway Station ©
Tokyo Central Railway Station
Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street ©
Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street

1
night
Hatsukaichi, Japan

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Miyajima History Folk Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Misen, then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, and finally contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine Torii.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hatsukaichi road trip planner.

You can fly from Tokyo to Hatsukaichi in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Hatsukaichi can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Fri) before leaving for Hiroshima.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Mt. Misen ©
Mt. Misen
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

1
day
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum as well as Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then steep yourself in history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, then examine the collection at Yamato Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at JMSDF Kure Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima attractions app .

Hiroshima is just a short distance from Hatsukaichi. In July, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kure
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JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

3
nights
Osaka, Japan

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 Umeda Sky Building, Osaka Castle, Dotonbori, and other attractions you added. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle and then admire the landmark architecture of Umeda Sky Building.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Osaka vacation maker website .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. July in Osaka sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Nipponbashi Denden Town ©
Nipponbashi Denden Town

2
nights
Kyoto, Japan

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 Kyoto Railway Museum, Nijo-jo Castle Official English Guided Tour, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): see the interesting displays at Kyoto Railway Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Kyoto Imperial Palace, gain insight with Nijo-jo Castle Official English Guided Tour, admire the landmark architecture of Daigo-ji Temple Bentendo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daigo-ji Temple Goju Tower, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Al Plaza Daigo.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Kyoto online sightseeing planner .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. July in Kyoto sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Wed) before leaving for Shizuoka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Anyo Temple / Tachikikannon
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kyoto Railway Museum ©
Kyoto Railway Museum
Kyoto Imperial Palace ©
Kyoto Imperial Palace

few
hours
Shizuoka, Japan

Shizuoka
With its upmarket shopping districts and scenic coastal landscape, Shizuoka stands as the main urban area of a province often referred to as Japan's riviera.
To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Shizuoka trip maker website .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Shizuoka in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kyoto in July: highs in Shizuoka hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 27°C. On the 24th (Wed), you'll travel to Yaizu.

Things to do in Shizuoka

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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day
Yaizu, Japan

Yaizu
Yaizu is a city located in central Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.As of September 2015, the city had an estimated population of 138,542 and a population density of 1970 persons per km². Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): engage your brain at Discovery Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Yaizu trip planner .

Traveling by car from Shizuoka to Yaizu takes an hour. In July, daytime highs in Yaizu are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Yokohama.

Things to do in Yaizu

Museums Childrens Museums
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Yokohama, Japan

Yokohama
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Yokohama itinerary planner.

You can drive from Yaizu to Yokohama in 2.5 hours. July in Yokohama sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 27°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yokohama

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
You've added National Showa Memorial Museum, Fire Museum, Shinjuku Station, and other attractions to your itinerary. For shopping fun, head to Takeshita Street or Ginza. Visit Asakusa Shrine and Nezu Shrine for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum (in Koganei), Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine (in Kawagoe) and Nihon Minkaen Japan Open Air Folk House Museum (in Kawasaki). See even more of Tokyo: admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kanda Myojin, contemplate the long history of Sengaku-ji Temple, and browse the range of quality goods at Ginza Mitsukoshi.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo day trip app .

You can drive from Yokohama to Tokyo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Narita.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Nihon Minkaen Japan Open Air Folk House Museum, Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum, Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine
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Fire Museum ©
Fire Museum
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine

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night
Narita, Japan

Narita
Pilgrims and aviators come to Narita, a town known during the Edo period for its temple, and now known primarily for its airport.
Planning Narita trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Narita takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Narita sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Mon) before leaving for Melbourne.

Things to do in Narita

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Narita to Melbourne takes 13 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Narita to Melbourne. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Narita in August; daily highs in Melbourne reach 16°C and lows reach 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Tours
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