20 days in Japan & Melbourne Itinerary

20 days in Japan & Melbourne Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
2
Kanazawa, Japan
— 2 nights
3
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
4
Himeji, Japan
— 1 night
5
Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
6
Melbourne, Australia
— 5 nights

4
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.
Kids will enjoy Meiji Jingu Shrine and Tokyo Tower. The adventure continues: make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland, find something for the whole family at Tokyo DisneySea, admire the striking features of Imperial Palace, and engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo journey builder app.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Tokyo. Traveling from Sydney in May, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between °C and °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

2
nights
Kanazawa, Japan

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, walk around Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, thencontemplate the long history of Higashichaya Old Town, thensample the tasty concoctions at Yachiya Sake Brewery, and finally head outdoors with Gongenmori Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, thenmake a trip to Omicho Market, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, and finally kick back and relax at Chirihama Nagisa Driveway.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa tour planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Kanazawa, with lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gongenmori Beach, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

4
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.
Family-friendly places like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan) and Todaiji Temple Cultural Center (in Nara). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, go for a walk through Gion, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

Make your Kyoto itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in May, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

1
night
Himeji, Japan

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, contemplate the long history of Himeji Castle, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Himeji travel planning app.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in May, plan for slightly colder days in Himeji, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Mt. Takamikura
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, thenget engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, thendon't miss a visit to Miyajima, and then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima day trip planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in May, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Miyajima
Miyajima

5
nights
Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Royal Botanic Gardens and Melbourne Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Melbourne: Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee) and The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Melbourne Zoo, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Melbourne vacation builder tool.

You can fly from Hiroshima to Melbourne in 18 hours. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time (JST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In June, Melbourne is colder than Hiroshima - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Tours Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Werribee Open Range Zoo, The Great Ocean Road
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The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo

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