21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
2
Osaka
— 2 nights
3
Nara
— 1 day
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
5
Kyoto
— 2 nights
6
Tokyo
— 1 night
7
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
8
Tokyo
— 6 nights

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.
You've added NEWoMan, Godzilla Head, Isetan Shinjuku Store, and other attractions to your itinerary. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Tokyo National Museum and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. The adventure continues: engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, wander the streets of Ginza, walk around Ueno Park, and visit Akihabara.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo travel route tool.

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo is minus 1 hour. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in July; daily highs in Tokyo reach °C and lows reach °C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings ©
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hozenji Yokocho. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, make a trip to Kuromon Market, don't miss a visit to Hozenji Yokocho, thenwander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and finally take a stroll through Dotombori District. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Osaka sightseeing planning tool.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Osaka are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

1
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.
Kofuku-ji Temple has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, thenmake a trip to Daibutsuden, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Hokke-do, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Nara online travel route planner.

You can drive from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. July in Nara sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

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

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Your list of things to see and do now includes Legoland Discovery Center Osaka, Shitennoji, Umeda Sky Building, and other attractions.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Osaka online attractions planner.

You can drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Another option is to take a train. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Shopping Historic Sites
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Legoland Discovery Center Osaka ©
Legoland Discovery Center Osaka
Umeda Sky Building ©
Umeda Sky Building
Shitennoji ©
Shitennoji

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.
You've added Nijo Castle, Gion Matsuri, Yasaka Shrine, and other attractions to your itinerary. Bring the kids along to Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Ryoanji Temple. There's more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in July, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo
To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tokyo day trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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1
night
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.
You've added Odawara Castle, Hakone Sightseeing Cruise, Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 25th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Odawara Castle, admire the natural beauty at Little Prince Museum, and then revel in the low prices at Gotemba Premium Outlets. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, take an in-depth tour of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, take a tour by water with Hakone Sightseeing Cruise, thenget great views at Hakone Ropeway, and finally make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hakone-machi road trip website.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in July: highs in Hakone-machi hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Gotemba Premium Outlets, Odawara Castle
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Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu
Owaku-dani Valley ©
Owaku-dani Valley
Hakone Ropeway ©
Hakone Ropeway

6
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
You've added Kawagoe Ichibangai Shopping Street, Toki no Kane, Sumida River Fireworks, and other attractions to your itinerary. Family-friendly places like Meiji Jingu Shrine and National Museum of Nature and Science will thrill your kids. See some other sides of Tokyo: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, appreciate the history behind Hachiko, take an in-depth tour of Kanda Myojin, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Hakone-machi in July, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around °C, while days are a bit warmer, around °C. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Kawagoe, Tokyo Disneyland
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
National Museum of Nature and Science ©
National Museum of Nature and Science

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