14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

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14 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
2
Kamakura
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
3
Yokohama
— 1 night
4
Hakodate
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  1​h 30​min
5
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Semboku
— 1 night
7
Yuzawa-machi
— 1 night
8
Takayama
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
9
Shirakawa-mura
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
10
Toyota
— 1 night
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): look for gifts at Stockplus, then take a stroll through Ginza, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and finally take a stroll through Asakusa. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ueno Zoo, make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, then don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and finally don't miss a visit to Harajuku Takeshita-dori.

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

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kamakura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Zoos & Aquariums
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Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Ginza ©
Ginza
Takeshita Street ©
Takeshita Street

1
night
Kamakura

Kamakura ©
The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Kotoku-in (Great Buddha of Kamakura), contemplate the long history of Hase-dera Temple, then stop by Kamakura Boshiya Hat Shop Honten, and finally steep yourself in history at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

For ratings and other tourist information, go to the Kamakura day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Kamakura takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in April, you will find days in Kamakura are a bit cooler (17°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Yokohama.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites Shopping
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Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in

1
night
Yokohama

Yokohama ©
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): wander the streets of Minato Mirai 21, shop like a local with Yokohama Chinatown, and then take a peaceful walk through Yokohama Nature Sanctuary.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Yokohama trip builder .

Yokohama is just a stone's throw from Kamakura. Traveling from Kamakura in April, you will find days in Yokohama are somewhat warmer (21°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Yokohama

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Yokohama Chinatown ©
Yokohama Chinatown
Minato Mirai 21 ©
Minato Mirai 21

1
night
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park, ride a horse along Dosanko Farm Hakodate, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hakodate trip planning app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Yokohama to Hakodate in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Yokohama in April, with highs in Hakodate at 13°C and lows at 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Tours Outdoors
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park

2
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Pedestrian Space, ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, then take some stellar pictures from Mt. Moiwa, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Otaru Canal. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Clock Tower (Tokei-dai), get outside with Mt. Tomuraushi, and then fly down the slopes at Mt. Okura Observatory.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Sapporo trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Hakodate to Sapporo by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Hakodate in April, you will find days in Sapporo are a bit cooler (9°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Semboku.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Mt. Tomuraushi, Otaru Canal
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Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Clock Tower (Tokei-dai) ©
Clock Tower (Tokei-dai)
Sapporo Underground Pedestrian Space ©

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night
Semboku

Semboku ©
Established in 2005 by the merging of several towns and villages, Semboku boasts an Old Japan atmosphere, punctuated by traditional onsen resorts, old samurai houses, and weeping cherry trees.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Ishiguro Samurai House, then take an in-depth tour of Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, then take a stroll through Samurai District, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Akita Komagatake.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Semboku day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight, taxi, and train from Sapporo to Semboku takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sapporo in May: highs in Semboku hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Yuzawa-machi.

Things to do in Semboku

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum ©
Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum
Ishiguro Samurai House ©
Ishiguro Samurai House
Mt. Akita Komagatake ©
Mt. Akita Komagatake

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night
Yuzawa-machi

Yuzawa-machi
It takes just over one hour to reach Yuzawa-machi from the country's capital by bullet train.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): head outdoors with Forrest Adventure Yuzawa Nakazato and then stroll through Kagura Ski Resort.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Yuzawa-machi trip tool .

Traveling by train from Semboku to Yuzawa-machi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Yuzawa-machi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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night
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): browse the eclectic array of goods at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, then contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, then examine the collection at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and finally examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Takayama trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Yuzawa-machi to Takayama by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of car, train, and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

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night
Shirakawa-mura

Shirakawa-mura ©
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
On the 5th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, contemplate the long history of Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, contemplate the long history of Nagase house, then steep yourself in history at Wada House, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Shirakawa-mura online trip builder .

Drive from Takayama to Shirakawa-mura in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Shirakawa-mura are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Toyota.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites Museums
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Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Wada House ©
Wada House

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night
Toyota

Toyota
Home to the internationally known car manufacturer of the same name, Toyota ranks as the largest city in Aichi Prefecture.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Nebiso-dake and then get outside with East Plaza Ikomai-kan.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Toyota tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Shirakawa-mura to Toyota in 3 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Toyota

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

East Plaza Ikomai-kan
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