16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  10​h
1
Tokyo
— Few hours
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Osaka
— Few hours
train:  2​h
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
4
Nara
— 1 day
train:  45​min
5
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
6
Osaka
— 1 day
train:  30​min
7
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Hiroshima
— 1 day
train:  1​h 45​min
9
Kyoto
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
10
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

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hours
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.
To see more things to do and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner .

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 moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. You'll set off for Osaka on the 26th (Sun).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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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.
To find out how to plan a trip to Osaka, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. On the 26th (Sun), you're off toKyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 26 — 27:

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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.
Kinkaku-ji has been added to your itinerary.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary planner .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In April, daytime highs in Kyoto are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Ginkakuji Temple ©
Ginkakuji Temple

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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then walk around Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Nara driving holiday planning site .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. Traveling from Kyoto in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nara, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

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

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Kyoto

Kyoto ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nishijin Textile Center as well as Orinasukan. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): get behind the scenes at Orinasukan and then see the interesting displays at Nishijin Textile Center.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto journey planning app .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Museums Tours Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Nishijin Textile Center ©
Nishijin Textile Center
Orinasukan ©
Orinasukan

1
day
Osaka

Osaka ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Osaka Wonder Loop as well as Osaka Castle. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): see what you want with Osaka Wonder Loop and then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Osaka visit planning website .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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Kyoto

Kyoto ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Arashiyama Bamboo Grove as well as Sagano Romantic Train. On the 1st (Fri), take a memorable tour with Sagano Romantic Train, then make a trip to Arashiyama, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Arashiyama Bamboo Grove.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip maker tool .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Tours Nature Parks
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 2:
Highlights from your plan
Sagano Romantic Train ©
Sagano Romantic Train
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama
Arashiyama Bamboo Grove ©
Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

1
day
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You've now added Itsukushima Shrine Torii to your itinerary. On the 28th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine Torii.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima online day trip planner .

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Find places to stay May 2 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

1
night
Kyoto

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

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Find places to stay May 2 — 3:

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi), Hakone-machi (The Hakone Open-Air Museum & Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)) and Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama). See even more of Tokyo: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and stroll around Ueno Park.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kamakura, Urayasu, Hakone-machi, Lake Kawaguchi
Find places to stay May 3 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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