24 days in Japan & Cancun Itinerary

24 days in Japan & Cancun Itinerary

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Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  26 h
1
Cancun, Mexico
— 4 nights
Fly:  16 h
2
Tokyo, Japan
— 7 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
3
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
4
Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
5
Nara, Japan
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h
6
Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
7
Hiroshima, Japan
— 1 day
Train:  2 h
8
Osaka, Japan
— 1 night
Fly:  15 h 15 min
End: Melbourne, Australia

4
nights
Cancun, Mexico

Few destinations in Mexico dazzle visitors quite like Cancun, a modern resort town filled with glitzy hotels sitting on picturesque and well-developed Caribbean beaches.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Zona Arqueologica El Rey and Monumento a los Ninos Heroes. Explore Cancun's surroundings by going to Cenote Car Wash (in Tulum) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). There's lots more to do: browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cancun day trip planning app.

Melbourne, Australia to Cancun is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Cancun is minus 15 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in May, with highs in Cancun at 35°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Cancun

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cenote Car Wash, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Zipline
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá

7
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Robot Restaurant, Mori Building Digital Art Museum, Street Kart Shibuya, and other attractions. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yoyogi Park and Takeshita Street. Have a day of magic on the 25th (Tue) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Odaiba District, browse the exhibits of Tokyo National Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ueno Zoo, and visit Asakusa.

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

Traveling by flight from Cancun to Tokyo takes 21 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 14 hour difference. Traveling from Cancun in May, expect Tokyo to be little chillier, temps between 28°C and 19°C. You'll set off for Kyoto on the 31st (Mon).

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Yoyogi Park ©
Yoyogi Park
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District

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.
You've added Nishiki Market Shopping District, Ramen Factory Kyoto, Kyoto Railway Museum, and other attractions to your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki) and Shimogamo Jinja. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Shosei-en Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Higashi Hongan-ji Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto day trip planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Classes
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki) ©
Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki)
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple

2
nights
Osaka, Japan

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.
On the 4th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Tennoji Park and then take in panoramic vistas at Harukas 300 Observation Deck.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Osaka day trip tool.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Osaka, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Nakanoshima Park ©
Nakanoshima Park
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

1
day
Nara, Japan

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Joruri Temple, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, admire the striking features of Nara National Museum, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Nara trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, daytime highs in Nara are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Joruri Temple
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple

2
nights
Osaka, Japan

Osaka ©
On the 7th (Mon), make a trip to Kuromon Market, get engrossed in the history at Osaka Museum of History, contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, make a trip to The Symphony Hall, thenbuy something for everyone on your list at NU Chayamachi, and finally don't miss a visit to Hep Five Ferris Wheel.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka sightseeing planner.

Drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Nara in June since evenings lows in Osaka dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Historic Sites Parks
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Hankyu Umeda Honten ©
Hankyu Umeda Honten
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Kuromon Market ©
Kuromon Market

1
day
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, thencontemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima holiday builder app.

Take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. June in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums
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Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Peace Bell ©
Peace Bell
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

1
night
Osaka, Japan

On the 9th (Wed), shop like a local with Dotombori District and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Osaka holiday maker app.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. On the 9th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Tours Neighborhoods Shopping
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Food Tours
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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