11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Shimoda
— 2 nights
Train:  4​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train + Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

3
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 National Museum and Ghibli Museum Mitaka are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ginza and Takeshita Street. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Odaiba, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary builder tool .

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 when traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo is minus 1 hour. In July, Tokyo is much hotter than Melbourne - with highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Shimoda.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

2
nights
Shimoda

Shimoda ©
On a trip to Shimoda, a small town nestled on the tip of the Izu peninsula, you can take advantage of the scenic sandy beaches and soak in the laid-back atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kisami Ohama Beach, stroll through Tatadohama Beach, and then kick back and relax at Inatori Ukiuki Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tagosehama Beach and then kick back and relax at Otago Beach.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Shimoda tour itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Tokyo to Shimoda in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Tokyo in July, you will find days in Shimoda are little chillier (32°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Shimoda

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Nishiizu-cho, Inatori Ukiuki Beach
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Tatadohama Beach ©
Tatadohama Beach

5
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gion and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-ji. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Nara (Todai-ji Temple, Nara Park, & more) and Osaka (Dotonbori & Osaka Castle). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Heian Shrine, and take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner .

Traveling by train from Shimoda to Kyoto takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. When traveling from Shimoda in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 37°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trips

Nara, Osaka
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Gion
Gion
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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