9 days in Hakone-machi, Chubu & Osaka Itinerary

9 days in Hakone-machi, Chubu & Osaka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sydney
Fly + Train:  14 h
1
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h 15 min
2
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
3
Osaka
— 4 nights
Fly:  13 h 15 min
End: Sydney

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Narukawa Art Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and then make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hakone-machi planner.

Sydney, Australia to Hakone-machi is an approximately 14- hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Hakone-machi is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Sydney in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Hakone-machi, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park
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Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Owaku-dani Valley ©
Owaku-dani Valley

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 1st (Tue): kick back and relax at Gongenmori Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, then admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, then don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, then make a trip to Higashichaya Old Town, then contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, and finally admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hakone-machi to Kanazawa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Hakone-machi in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Kanazawa, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Gongenmori Beach
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Kyoto (Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, &more). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and visit Dotombori.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Osaka online itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Osaka in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Osaka are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kyoto
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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