23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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23 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + Train:  14 h 30 min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Fuji
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Nagoya
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Takayama
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Kyoto
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Bus + Ferry:  3 h
6
Naoshima-cho
— 1 night
+2
Ferry + Foot + Train:  4 h 30 min
7
Matsuyama
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
8
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  3 h 30 min
9
Miyoshi
— 2 nights
train:  4 h
10
Osaka
— 4 nights
Fly:  15 h 15 min
End: Melbourne

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Asakusa Shrine and Kencho-ji Temple. Let the collections at Nezu Museum and Fujiko F Fujio Museum capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Mt. Takao (in Hachioji), Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) & Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple)) and Oyama Rice Terraces (in Kamogawa). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitsumine Shrine (Chichibu) and contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip builder app .

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) to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in August, with highs in Tokyo at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Fuji.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kamakura, Mt. Takao, Oyama Rice Terraces, Mitsumine Shrine, Fujiko F Fujio Museum
Find places to stay Aug 20 — 24:
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Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple) ©
Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple)
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

1
night
Fuji

Fuji ©
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then get outside with Fujigawa Service Area - Inbound. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Iwamoto and then take in the pleasant sights at Obuchi Sasaba.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Fuji attractions planning site .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Fuji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Tokyo in August, expect nights in Fuji to be about the same, around 29°C, while days are little chillier, around 32°C. On the 25th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Fuji

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Obuchi Sasaba ©
Obuchi Sasaba

1
night
Nagoya

Nagoya
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagoya itinerary planning site .

Drive from Fuji to Nagoya in 3 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Nagoya can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. You will leave for Takayama on the 26th (Mon).

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Hikaru Museum, learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daiouji Temple, and finally see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Shirakawago.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Takayama visit planner .

Drive from Nagoya to Takayama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Classes

Side Trip

Shirakawago
Find places to stay Aug 26 — 27:
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum
Hikaru Museum ©
Hikaru Museum

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishi Honganji, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninna-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Shimogamo Jinja. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamigamo Shrine, take some stellar pictures from Mt. Kurama, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kifune-jinja Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanzen-in Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Hosenin.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Takayama to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Find places to stay Aug 27 — 30:
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Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Sanzen-in Temple ©
Sanzen-in Temple

1
night
Naoshima-cho

Naoshima-cho ©
On a vacation in Naoshima-cho, a charming island town in the Seto Inland Sea, you can discover its numerous contemporary art museums, sculptures, installations, and galleries.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): examine the collection at Ando Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hachiman Shrine, examine the collection at 007 Museum, admire the masterpieces at Benesse House Museum, then explore the world behind art at Chichu Art Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumiyoshi Shrine.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Naoshima-cho trip itinerary planning site .

Do a combination of train, bus, and ferry from Kyoto to Naoshima-cho in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 30 — 31:
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Ando Museum ©
Ando Museum
Chichu Art Museum ©
Chichu Art Museum
Benesse House Museum ©
Benesse House Museum

2
nights
Matsuyama

Matsuyama ©
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
On the 31st (Sat), see the interesting displays at Itami Juzo Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Joruriji Temple, and then get engrossed in the history at Mokuro Shiryokan Kamihagatei. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monjuin Tokuseiji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jodoji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hantaji Temple, steep yourself in history at Meikyokan, then explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Taisanji Temple.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Matsuyama sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and train from Naoshima-cho to Matsuyama takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, daytime highs in Matsuyama are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Mon) before leaving for Hiroshima.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Mokuro Shiryokan Kamihagatei
Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 2:
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Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Hantaji Temple ©
Hantaji Temple
Jodoji Temple ©
Jodoji Temple

1
night
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 2nd (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students and then see the interesting displays at Mazda Museum.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima route planner.

You can drive from Matsuyama to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Miyoshi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Mazda Museum
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 3:
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Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Mazda Museum ©
Mazda Museum

2
nights
Miyoshi

Miyoshi ©
A relatively new city, Miyoshi encompasses six surrounding rural districts into one.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Izutama Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shiramine Shrine, then explore the activities along Oboke Koboke, then appreciate the views at Iyakei Valley, and finally get engrossed in the history at Ikeda Tabacco Museum. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Okuiya Niju Kazurabashi Bridge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsurugi Shrine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hashikuraji Temple.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Miyoshi travel route planner .

You can drive from Hiroshima to Miyoshi in 3.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Miyoshi can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Miyoshi

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Kotohira-cho
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Ikeda Tabacco Museum ©
Ikeda Tabacco Museum
Izutama Shrine ©
Izutama Shrine
Shiramine Shrine ©
Shiramine Shrine

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Toshodaiji Temple and Kongobu-ji Temple. Museum-lovers will appreciate CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA and Glico Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Nara (Nara Park & Nigatsu-do Temple), Horyu-ji Temple (in Ikaruga-cho) and Koya-cho (Mt. Koya & Koyasan Danjo Garan). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple, browse the exhibits of Mint Museum, contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and make a trip to Hōzen-ji Temple.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Osaka trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Miyoshi to Osaka by car takes about 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho, Hase-dera Temple, Asuka-dera Temple, Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple

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