22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+3
Fly + train + foot + ferry:  17​h 15​min
1
Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
+2
bus + train + Fly:  6​h 45​min
2
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Sydney

2
nights
Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Kids will enjoy Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and Okichan Theater. Get out of town with these interesting Motobu-cho side-trips: Onna-son (Cape Manzamo & Onna Station Nakayukui Market), Kouri Ohashi (in Nakijin-son) and Busena Marine Park (in Nago). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Okuma Beach, and make a trip to Nakijin Castle Ruins.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Motobu-cho online holiday planner .

Sydney, Australia to Motobu-cho is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Motobu-cho is minus 1 hour. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Motobu-cho hover around 24°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Beaches

Side Trips

Nakijin-son, Onna-son, Okuma Beach, Busena Marine Park
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 15:
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Okuma Beach ©
Okuma Beach
Busena Marine Park ©
Busena Marine Park

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Miyajima, & more) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Motobu-cho to Hiroshima in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Motobu-cho in December, with highs in Hiroshima at 13°C and lows at 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 18:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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.
Attractions like Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Osaka (Osaka Castle & Daimaru Museum Umeda). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, make a trip to Gion, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 23:
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Family-friendly places like Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and make a trip to Kanazawa Station.

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

Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:
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7
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.
Attractions like Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take a stroll through Odaiba, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. December in Tokyo sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Dec 26 — Jan 2:
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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