19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Osaka
— 4 nights
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
3
Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
4
Tokyo
— 6 nights

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Himeji (Koko-en & Himeji Castle), Mt. Koya (in Koya-cho) and Nara (Nara Park & Kasuga Grand Shrine). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, deepen your understanding at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Osaka trip itinerary site.

Melbourne, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for cooler days and little chillier nights in Osaka: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Himeji, Nara, Mt. Koya, Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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.
Step out of Kyoto to go to Nara and see Todai-ji Temple, which is approximately 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Kyoto travel planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ikeda museum of 20th century art (in Ito), Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi) and Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine (in Fujinomiya). And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and steep yourself in history at Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi online vacation planner.

Drive from Kyoto to Hakone-machi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or fly. While traveling from Kyoto, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Ikeda museum of 20th century art, Lake Kawaguchi, Mount Fuji, Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck, Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo DisneySea, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and stop by Odaiba District.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Hakone-machi in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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