20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  15 h
1
Osaka
— 6 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Kyoto
— 1 day
Train:  30 min
3
Osaka
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
4
Kyoto
— 1 day
Train:  30 min
5
Osaka
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
6
Kyoto
— 1 day
Train:  30 min
7
Osaka
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
8
Nara
— 1 day
Train:  1 h
9
Osaka
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
10
Nara
— 1 day
Train:  1 h
11
Osaka
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
12
Kobe
— 1 day
Train:  30 min
13
Osaka
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
14
Himeji
— 1 day
Train:  1 h 30 min
15
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  5 h
16
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: Melbourne

6
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.
You've added Osaka Takoyaki Museum, Tempozan Ferris Wheel, Osaka Culturarium Tempozan, and other attractions to your itinerary. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Umeda Sky Building.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Osaka vacation planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in June, expect Osaka to be much warmer, temps between 32°C and 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Kayashima Shrine
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

1
day
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Gion, Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. On the 20th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Gion, and then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip app .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. June in Kyoto sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Gion
Gion

1
night
Osaka

Osaka
To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka road trip site .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. On the 21st (Thu), you'll travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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1
day
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kinkaku-ji as well as Toei Kyoto Studio Park. On the 21st (Thu), get in on the family fun at Toei Kyoto Studio Park and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto visit planner .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

1
night
Osaka

Osaka
To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Osaka trip planner .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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1
day
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Arashiyama, Bamboo Forest Street and Monkey Park Iwatayama. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): meet the residents at Monkey Park Iwatayama, then make a trip to Bamboo Forest Street, and then make a trip to Arashiyama.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planner .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Monkey Park Iwatayama ©
Monkey Park Iwatayama
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama
Bamboo Forest Street ©
Bamboo Forest Street

1
night
Osaka

Osaka
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Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. You'll set off for Nara on the 23rd (Sat).

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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1
day
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nara Park, Kasuga Grand Shrine and Isuien Garden. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Isuien Garden.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Nara trip site .

Nara is just a short distance from Osaka. June in Nara sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Isuien Garden ©
Isuien Garden

1
night
Osaka

Osaka
To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Osaka travel route builder site .

Osaka is very close to Nara. Traveling from Nara in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Osaka, with lows of 22°C. On the 24th (Sun), you'll travel to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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1
day
Nara

Nara ©
You've added Kofuku-ji Temple, Wata Wata Owl Cafe, Higashimuki Shopping Street, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, then don't miss a visit to Higashimuki Shopping Street, then have some family-friendly fun at Wata Wata Owl Cafe, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple.

To find out how to plan a trip to Nara, use our trip itinerary maker.

Nara is very close to Osaka. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple
Wata Wata Owl Cafe ©
Wata Wata Owl Cafe

1
night
Osaka

Osaka
To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Osaka online sightseeing planner .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Nara. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Osaka when traveling from Nara in June, with lows around 22°C. You'll set off for Kobe on the 25th (Mon).

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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1
day
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kobe Harborland, Chinatown (Nankinmachi), Kobe Nunobiki Herb Garden, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): let the kids burn off some steam at Kobe City Oji Zoo, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Garden, then wander the streets of Chinatown (Nankinmachi), and finally wander the streets of Kobe Harborland.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kobe vacation planning tool .

Kobe is just a stone's throw from Osaka. When traveling from Osaka in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kobe: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
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Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens ©
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland

1
night
Osaka

Osaka
To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka sightseeing planning app .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kobe. On the 26th (Tue), you're off toHimeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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1
day
Himeji

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.
You've added Otemae Street, Kokoen Garden, Himeji Castle, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Himeji City Zoo, then admire the natural beauty at Kokoen Garden, and finally make a trip to Otemae Street.

To plan Himeji vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. While traveling from Osaka, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Himeji, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
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Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Otemae Street ©
Otemae Street

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka
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You can drive from Himeji to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. On the 28th (Thu), you're off toTokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tokyo Disneyland as well as Tokyo Dome City. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, appreciate the extensive heritage of Imperial Palace, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, and take a stroll through Akihabara.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tokyo attractions planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Osaka to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Tokyo are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. You'll set off for home on the 2nd (Mon).

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Tokyo Skytree ©
Tokyo Skytree

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