14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Melbourne
Fly + Train:  14 h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train + Bus:  1 h 15 min
2
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  45 min
4
Nara
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
5
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly:  15 h
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Tokyo Disneyland and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get in on the family fun at Tokyo DisneySea, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip tool.

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in September: highs in Tokyo hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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 19th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then get great views at Hakone Ropeway, and finally make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Hakone Stone‐paved Road, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and then cool off at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi online vacation planner.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Tokyo, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Theme Parks Spas Baths
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Hakone Kowakien Yunessun ©
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, take a stroll through Gion, and trek along Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hakone-machi to Kyoto takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. When traveling from Hakone-machi in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Byodoin, explore the activities along Saho River, then pick up some new knowledge with Waplus Nara, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Nara trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Nara by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of subway and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Byodoin
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

3
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 26th (Sat): examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, and finally shop like a local with Dotombori.

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Getting from Nara to Osaka by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In September, daytime highs in Osaka are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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