25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

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25 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  16​h
1
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  4​h 30​min
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
4
Himeji
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Amagasaki
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  4​h
7
Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
8
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

2
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Step out of Sapporo to go to Otaru and see Otaru Canal, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll around Odori Park, ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, take in panoramic vistas at Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38, and take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Sapporo trip itinerary builder app .

Melbourne, Australia to Sapporo is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In June, Sapporo is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 20°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Otaru Canal
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

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 13th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, steep yourself in history at Higashichaya Old Town, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, take a stroll through Nagamachi District, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, then don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station, and finally cruise along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa vacation builder tool .

You can fly from Sapporo to Kanazawa in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. When traveling from Sapporo in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kanazawa: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, then contemplate the long history of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and finally examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, make a trip to Itsukushima Shrine Torii, and then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima.

Plan trip to Hiroshima with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Kanazawa to Hiroshima by combination of flight and train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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.
On the 17th (Mon), make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Otemae Street.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Himeji day trip planner .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. June in Himeji sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Amagasaki.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

2
nights
Amagasaki

Amagasaki ©
Amagasaki is an industrial city located in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan. On the 18th (Tue), make a trip to Kuchu Teien Observatory and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then shop like a local with Dotonbori, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and finally take in the views from Oe Bridge.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Amagasaki online trip builder .

You can drive from Himeji to Amagasaki in 1.5 hours. In June in Amagasaki, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Amagasaki

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Osaka
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

4
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and make a trip to Arashiyama.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Amagasaki to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
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.
Spend the 25th (Tue) exploring nature at Fuji Hakone Izu National Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), get great views at Hakone Ropeway, and identify plant and animal life at Hakone Shisseikaen.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hakone-machi day trip planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Hakone-machi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. When traveling from Kyoto in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Nature Baths

Side Trip

Fuji Hakone Izu National Park
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Fuji Hakone Izu National Park ©
Fuji Hakone Izu National Park
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)

6
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.
Have a day of magic on the 1st (Mon) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo road trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in June: highs in Tokyo hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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