22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Melbourne
Fly:  10 h 30 min
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
6
Tsumagoi-mura
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
7
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Fly:  10 h 30 min
End: Melbourne

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine & Nara Park), Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum (in Kobe) and Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and see the interesting displays at Mizuno Sportology Gallery.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Osaka day trip app.

Melbourne, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Osaka due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Melbourne in March, plan for colder days in Osaka, with highs around 16°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Himeji, Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji 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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, thenstep off the mainland to explore Miyajima, and then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima trip planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In March in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima
Miyajima
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Todai-ji Temple in Nara (about 1 hour away). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, make a trip to Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, thenstroll around Kenrokuen Garden, thendon't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the views at Aratama Valley, admire the landmark architecture of Tsuzumi Gate, don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station, thenwander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, thenexplore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa day trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in March, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kanazawa: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Aratama Valley
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), thentake an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, and finally don't miss a visit to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, take an in-depth tour of Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), thensee the interesting displays at Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), thensee the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, and finally fly down the slopes at Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha.

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

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Takayama takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tsumagoi-mura.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha
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Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

1
night
Tsumagoi-mura

Tsumagoi-mura ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Yonako Daibakufu, don't miss a visit to Manza Onsen Observation Deck, thensoak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, thentee off at Tsumagoi Kogen Golf Course, and finally admire the sheer force of Seto Falls.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tsumagoi-mura trip planning site.

Drive from Takayama to Tsumagoi-mura in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in March, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Tsumagoi-mura

Nature Parks Spas

Side Trip

Yonako Daibakufu
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Yonako Daibakufu ©
Yonako Daibakufu

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Fujiko F Fujio Museum (in Kawasaki) and Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Kōtoku-in). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

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

Drive from Tsumagoi-mura to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. In April in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. You will leave for home on the 8th (Wed).

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kamakura, Tokyo Disneyland, Fujiko F Fujio Museum
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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