19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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19 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + Train:  14 h
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
3
Osaka
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
5
Himeji
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
6
Osaka
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
7
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
8
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h 30 min
9
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Bus + Train:  1 h 15 min
10
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  14 h
End: Melbourne

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, then wander the streets of Ginza, then explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and finally take a stroll through Odaiba.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in August, expect Tokyo to be much hotter, temps between 36°C and 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

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.
On the 6th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Otaru Canal, get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), then stroll through Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm, then examine the collection at Sapporo Beer Museum, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Tanukikoji Shopping Street. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Odori Park, make a trip to Sapporo Clock Tower, steep yourself in history at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, get engrossed in the history at Karafuto Kankei Museum, then hit the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, and finally steep yourself in history at Hokkaido Jingu.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sapporo trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Sapporo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in August: high temperatures in Sapporo hover around 27°C and lows are around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm, Otaru Canal
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Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dotonbori. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, get engrossed in the history at Peace Osaka, take a stroll through Minami (Namba), then get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori, and finally shop like a local with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Osaka trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Osaka takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sapporo in August, with highs in Osaka at 39°C and lows at 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Dotombori ©
Dotombori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

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 9th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Monument of the Atomic Bomb Sacrifice Hiroshima, appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then appreciate the history behind Peace Flame, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. On your second day here, head outdoors with Paddle Park, kick back and relax at Mikasahama Beach, head off the coast to Miyajima, then look for gifts at Itsukushima Gekijyo, then examine the collection at Hiroshima City Cinematographic and Audio-Visual Library, and finally admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
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 11th (Tue), take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then explore the world behind art at Himeji CityMuseum of Art, then get engrossed in the history at Hyogo Prefectural Museum of History, and finally hike along Mt Shosha hiking.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Himeji online holiday maker.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 31°C. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Mt Shosha hiking ©
Mt Shosha hiking
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Himeji CityMuseum of Art ©
Himeji CityMuseum of Art

1
night
Osaka

Osaka ©
Dotonbori has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): stop by Ichibirian Main Store, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, examine the collection at Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, then examine the collection at Namban Culture Center, then admire the masterpieces at Koji Kinutani Tenku Art Museum, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary planning tool.

Take a train from Himeji to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Himeji in August, expect nights in Osaka to be about the same, around 29°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 39°C. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Shopping Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

The World Money Box Museum
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Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum ©
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum
Dotombori ©
Dotombori
Osaka Museum of Housing and Living ©
Osaka Museum of Housing and Living

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design, Nijo Castle, Nishiki Market Shopping District, and other attractions you added. On the 13th (Thu), shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, explore the world behind art at Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art, then take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design, then explore the world behind art at Hosomi Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Nowaki. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Yamashina Canal, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, examine the collection at Kyogashi Museum, get your game on at Geisha and Maiko Makeover Experience in Kyoto Gion Aya, then explore the world behind art at Kyoto National Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kyoto day trip planner.

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In August, daytime highs in Kyoto are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Sat) before leaving for Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, wander the streets of Nagamachi Neighborhood, view the masterpieces at Kutaniyaki Kaburaki, examine the collection at Ochaya Art Museum, then wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and finally steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Fukube Falls, explore the world behind art at Binen Yumeromu Museum, get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, see the interesting displays at Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum, then don't miss a visit to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, and finally steep yourself in history at Wada House.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa travel website.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in August, plan for little chillier days in Kanazawa, with highs around 35°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 27°C. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Mon) before leaving for Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Gokayama, Fukube Falls
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Nagamachi Neighborhood ©
Nagamachi Neighborhood
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hakone Venetian Glass Museum as well as Hakone Museum of Art. Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): hike along Hakone Stone‐paved Road, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and then contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hakone-machi trip planner.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Hakone-machi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kanazawa in August: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Wed) before leaving for Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Nature
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Hakone Venetian Glass Museum ©
Hakone Venetian Glass Museum
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nikko Tosho-gu. Visit Senso-ji Temple and Shimotsurenga Manufacturing Company Rengagama for their historical value. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Takeshita Street and Stockplus. Change things up with a short trip to Tsuruuda River in Tatebayashi (about 1h 15 min away). Enjoy Tokyo some more: examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Imperial Palace, take a stroll through Asakusa, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip planning app.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in August, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Tsuruuda River, Shimotsurenga Manufacturing Company Rengagama, Nikko Tosho-gu
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Takeshita Street ©
Takeshita Street
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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