42 days in Japan & Hong Kong Itinerary

42 days in Japan & Hong Kong Itinerary

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42 days in Japan & Hong Kong Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 9 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto, Japan
— 7 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Hiroshima, Japan
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + foot + bus + ferry:  5​h
4
Taketomi-jima, Japan
— 1 night
Travel:  4​h 45​min
5
Hateruma-jima, Japan
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Miyakojima, Japan
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h
7
Naha, Japan
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Hong Kong, China
— 8 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Melbourne, Australia

9
nights
Tokyo, Japan

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ginza and Harajuku Takeshita-dori. Get a sense of the local culture at Tokyo National Museum and Ghibli Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Yokohama (Yamashita Park & Yokohama Chinatown) and Hakone-machi (Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) & The Hakone Open-Air Museum). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, take a stroll through Odaiba, enjoy the sand and surf at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), and get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tokyo road trip site .

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In February, Tokyo is much colder than Melbourne - with highs of 12°C and lows of 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Yokohama, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Inokashira Park Zoo
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

7
nights
Kyoto, Japan

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.
Popular historic sites such as Kiyomizu-dera and Fushimi Inari Taisha are in your itinerary. Let the collections at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center and Kyoto National Museum capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Kobe (Chinatown (Nankinmachi) & Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution), Osaka (Minami (Namba), Dotonbori, & more) and Nara (Tōdai-ji & Nara Park). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkaku-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and buy something for everyone on your list at Kyoto Station Building.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Kyoto using our trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nara, Osaka, Kobe
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

4
nights
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Miyajima and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Itsukushima Shrine and Hiroshima Castle will appeal to history buffs. Go for a jaunt from Hiroshima to Suooshima-cho to see Suo-Oshima about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima journey maker .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and ferry. In February, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Taketomi-jima Taketomi-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Suo-Oshima
Find places to stay Feb 25 — Mar 1:
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Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

1
night
Taketomi-jima, Japan

Taketomi-jima ©
A tiny island in the Yae-yama archipelago, Taketomi-jima enjoys popularity as a beach getaway, best known for its stretches of "star sand"--sand made up of tiny star-shaped exoskeletons of ancient fossils.
On the 1st (Thu), kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Taketomi-jima Taketomi-cho trip itinerary maker app .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and ferry from Hiroshima to Taketomi-jima Taketomi-cho in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and flight. When traveling from Hiroshima in March, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Taketomi-jima Taketomi-cho: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hateruma-jima Taketomi-cho.

Things to do in Taketomi-jima

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

1
night
Hateruma-jima, Japan

Hateruma-jima ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): kick back and relax at Nishihama Beach.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hateruma-jima Taketomi-cho online trip itinerary maker .

Explore your travel options from Taketomi-jima Taketomi-cho to Hateruma-jima Taketomi-cho with the Route module. In March, daytime highs in Hateruma-jima Taketomi-cho are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Hateruma-jima

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Nishihama Beach ©
Nishihama Beach

5
nights
Miyakojima, Japan

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Visit Yonaha Maehama Beach and Aragusuku Beach for some beach relaxation. Visiting Sunayama Beach and Tomori Imugya Beach will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: stroll through Toguchi no Hama, enjoy the sand and surf at Painagama Beach, snap pictures at Irabu Bridge, and get great views at Ryugujo Observatory.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Miyakojima trip itinerary app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hateruma-jima Taketomi-cho to Miyakojima. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in March, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Naha.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach ©
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach

5
nights
Naha, Japan

Naha ©
Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Makishi Public Market and Yachimun no Sato. You'll get in some beach time at Aharen Beach and Manza Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Naha: Sunset Beach (in Chatan-cho), Cape Manzamo (in Onna-son) and Furuzamami Beach (in Zamami-son). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Tropical Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Toyosaki Kaihin Koen, get to know the fascinating history of Shurijo Castle, and take in nature's colorful creations at Fukushu-en Garden.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Naha online visit planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Miyakojima to Naha in an hour. In March in Naha, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Naha

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Onna-son, Yomitan-son, Sunset Beach, Tropical Beach, Aharen Beach
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Aharen Beach ©
Aharen Beach
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Furuzamami Beach ©
Furuzamami Beach

8
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Visiting Tung Ping Chau and Shek O will get you outdoors. Ruins of St. Paul's and Stanley, Hong Kong will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Hong Kong side-trips: Macau (Casino at Venetian Macao & Macau Museum of Art). Pack the 17th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 20th (Tue) in some colorful company at Ocean Park. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Lantau Island, contemplate the waterfront views at Repulse Bay, hunt for treasures at Temple Street Night Market, and take an in-depth tour of Hong Kong Museum of History.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hong Kong trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Naha to Hong Kong takes 5.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Japan Standard Time (JST) to Hong Kong Time (HKT) is minus 1 hour. In March, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trip

Macau
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Lantau Island ©
Lantau Island
Ruins of St. Paul's ©
Ruins of St. Paul's
Hong Kong Museum of History ©
Hong Kong Museum of History

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