19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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19 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  16 h 15 min
1
Sapporo
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
3
Himeji
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
5
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
6
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h 30 min
7
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Bus + Train:  1 h 15 min
8
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  14 h
End: Melbourne

3
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
On the 5th (Wed), examine the collection at Watanabe Junichi Museum of Literature, examine the collection at Sapporo Beer Museum, stroll through Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm, then take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), and finally get engrossed in the history at Hokkaido Buried Cultural Assets Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, steep yourself in history at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, stroll around Odori Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokkaido Jingu, and finally hit the slopes at Okurayama Lookout.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Sapporo day trip website.

Melbourne, Australia to Sapporo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Sapporo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Melbourne in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Sapporo, with highs around 27°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ebetsu
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Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm ©
Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

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.
Hiroshima Museum of Art has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then pause for some photo ops at Peace Flame, and finally make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mikasahama Beach, then head off the coast to Miyajima, and finally stop by Itsukushima Gekijyo.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Hiroshima takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. In August, Hiroshima is a bit warmer than Sapporo - with highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

1
night
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Himeji CityMuseum of Art, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then hike along Mt Shosha hiking, and finally examine the collection at Tegarayama Exchange Station.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Himeji online holiday maker.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Mt Shosha hiking ©
Mt Shosha hiking
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Himeji CityMuseum of Art ©
Himeji CityMuseum of Art

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, visit Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, then shop like a local with Dotonbori, and finally visit Minami (Namba). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, examine the collection at Namban Culture Center, take an in-depth tour of Peace Osaka, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, then see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Osaka road trip planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Himeji in August: highs in Osaka hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Nara
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design, Nijo Castle, Nishiki Market Shopping District, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, look for gifts at Yamanaka Aburaten, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then explore the world behind art at Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art, then take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design, and finally admire the masterpieces at Hosomi Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Gallery of Kyoto Traditional Arts & Crafts, wander the streets of Gion, get your game on at Geisha and Maiko Makeover Experience in Kyoto Gion Aya, get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Municipal Museum Of School History, then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary maker tool.

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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 14th (Fri): explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, then wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and finally examine the collection at Ochaya Art Museum. On your second day here, take a memorable drive along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, and finally admire the sheer force of Fukube Falls.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip maker app.

Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kyoto in August: highs in Kanazawa hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 27°C. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Fukube Falls, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hakone Venetian Glass Museum as well as Hakone Museum of Art. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Hakone Museum of Art and then examine the collection at Hakone Venetian Glass Museum. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Pola Museum of Art, explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and finally hike along Hakone Stone‐paved Road.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hakone-machi trip builder site.

Take a train from Kanazawa to Hakone-machi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kanazawa in August: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Nature
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Hakone Venetian Glass Museum ©
Hakone Venetian Glass Museum
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nikko Tosho-gu. Popular historic sites such as Tokyo National Museum and Senso-ji Temple are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Odaiba and Takeshita Street. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, and take a stroll through Ginza.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary planning app.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in August, you will find days in Tokyo are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nikko Tosho-gu
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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