24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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24 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + train:  18​h
1
Tokyo
— 7 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
2
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
train:  4​h 45​min
3
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
5
Nara
— 1 day
train:  30​min
6
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
7
Kyoto
— 1 night
train:  30​min
8
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
9
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
10
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

7
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 Ghibli Museum, Hachiko, Shibuya 109, and other attractions to your itinerary. You'll explore and learn at Tokyo National Museum and Art Jeunesse Akihabara. Popular historic sites such as Senso-ji Temple and Imperial Palace are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Kotoku-in (Great Buddha of Kamakura)), Yokohama (Minato Mirai 21 & Sankeien Gardens) and Ikspiari (in Urayasu). The adventure continues: shop like a local with Ginza, contemplate the long history of Tokyo Central Railway Station, wander the streets of Nihonbashi, and make a trip to The Tsukiji Market.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Tokyo day trip planning app .

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo is minus 1 hour. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Melbourne in August, with highs in Tokyo at 36°C and lows at 28°C. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Yokohama, Kamakura, Urayasu, Sanrio Puroland, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Sanrio Puroland ©
Sanrio Puroland
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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 now added Owakudani Kurotamago Kan to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): stop by Owakudani Kurotamago Kan, steep yourself in history at Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), then steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and finally make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi itinerary site .

You can drive from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in August, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are slightly colder, around 29°C. You'll set off for Kanazawa on the 15th (Wed).

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Historic Sites Nature
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The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 15th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, then take a stroll through Nagamachi District, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oyama Shrine, make a trip to Omicho Market, then browse the different shops at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center, then make a trip to Kanazawa Station, and finally pause for some photo ops at Yakantai Tentosuru.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa road trip tool .

Take a train from Hakone-machi to Kanazawa in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Hakone-machi in August, expect nights in Kanazawa to be about the same, around 27°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 35°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Nomura Family Samurai House ©
Nomura Family Samurai House
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

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.
On the 17th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, step into the grandiose world of Nijo-jo Castle, then contemplate the long history of Kyoto Imperial Palace, and finally wander the streets of Gion. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Todai-ji Temple, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, then admire the masterpieces at Kyoto National Museum, and finally take some stellar pictures from Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Osaka trip simple and quick.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Osaka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Kanazawa in August, expect nights in Osaka to be about the same, around 29°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 39°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Kyoto, Nara
Find places to stay Aug 17 — 19:
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
On the 19th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodaiji Temple, don't miss a visit to Heijokyu Ruins, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Nara road trip site .

Nara is very close to Osaka. August in Nara sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 32°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kofuku-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple

3
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Osaka City Central Hall. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Osaka Museum of History, examine the collection at Cup Noodle Mueseum in Osaka, Ikeda, steep yourself in history at Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan-gai), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ikuta Shrine, then wander the streets of Shinsaibashi, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Osaka day trip website .

Osaka is just a short distance from Nara. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Kobe, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
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Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan-gai) ©
Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan-gai)
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA ©
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA

1
night
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 22nd (Wed): make a trip to Heian Shrine, take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk, get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Kyoto Station Building. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): make a trip to Nishiki Market, get to know the fascinating history of Katsura Imperial Villa, then examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkaku-ji Temple.

Before you visit Kyoto, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Ginkakuji Temple ©
Ginkakuji Temple
Katsura Imperial Villa
Katsura Imperial Villa

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
On the 23rd (Thu), enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Osaka online trip maker .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kobe
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Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, appreciate the history behind Ground Zero, then pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Okonomimura, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, then pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine.

Make your Hiroshima itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can do a combination of subway and train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In August in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Itsukushima Shrine
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 27:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
You've added Robot Restaurant, Anata no Warehouse, Kawasaki, Harajuku Takeshita-dori, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zojoji Temple, then get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, then have some family-friendly fun at Anata no Warehouse, Kawasaki, and finally take in a show at Robot Restaurant. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yasukuni Shrine, explore the world behind art at National Museum of Western Art, then admire the masterpieces at Mori Art Museum, then look for gifts at Kiddy Land Harajuku, and finally don't miss a visit to Tokyo Skytree.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo online visit planner .

Traveling by flight from Hiroshima to Tokyo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Anata no Warehouse, Kawasaki
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Takeshita Street ©
Takeshita Street
National Museum of Western Art ©
National Museum of Western Art

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