20 days in Japan & Melbourne Itinerary

20 days in Japan & Melbourne Itinerary

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20 days in Japan & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
4
Himeji, Japan
— 1 night
train:  1​h
5
Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
6
Melbourne, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Sydney, Australia

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 appreciate attractions like Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Tokyo Disneyland. Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, and engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo driving holiday planner .

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Sydney in May, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 28°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
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.
On the 25th (Mon), examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, walk around Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, then contemplate the long history of Higashichaya Old Town, then sample the tasty concoctions at Yachiya Sake Brewery, and finally kick back and relax at Gongenmori Beach. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, then don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, then don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station, and finally head outdoors with Chirihama Nagisa Driveway.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Kanazawa when traveling from Tokyo in May, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Gongenmori Beach
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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.
Kids will enjoy Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Osaka Castle (in Osaka) and Todaiji Temple Cultural Center (in Nara). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto road trip site .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Kyoto sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough 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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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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.
On the 31st (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip app .

Take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Himeji, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 20°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): contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, then make a trip to Miyajima, and then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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 Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay) and Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, explore and take pictures at Royal Exhibition Building, and appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Melbourne trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Melbourne takes 16.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Hiroshima to Melbourne. Traveling from Hiroshima in June, things will get much colder in Melbourne: highs are around 16°C and lows about 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Tours

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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