9 days in Hakone-machi, Chubu & Osaka Itinerary

9 days in Hakone-machi, Chubu & Osaka Itinerary

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9 days in Hakone-machi, Chubu & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  14​h
1
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Train:  4​h 15​min
2
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
3
Osaka
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Sydney

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fuji Hakone Izu National Park. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Narukawa Art Museum, then explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and then don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Hakone-machi is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Hakone-machi, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 22°C in Hakone-machi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park
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Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Narukawa Art Museum ©
Narukawa Art Museum

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 1st (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Gongenmori Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, then explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, then don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, make a trip to Omicho Market, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, then steep yourself in history at Higashichaya Old Town, then step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip planner .

You can take a train from Hakone-machi to Kanazawa in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kanazawa: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Gongenmori Beach
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nijo Castle (in Nakagyo), Kiyomizu-dera Temple (in Higashiyama) and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (in Fushimi). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, wander the streets of Dotonbori, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka driving holiday planning tool .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Osaka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Osaka, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kyoto
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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