24 days in Japan & Cancun Itinerary

24 days in Japan & Cancun Itinerary

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Cancun, Mexico
— 4 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 7 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
Drive
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Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nara, Japan
— 1 day
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Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 1 day
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Osaka, Japan
— 1 night
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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 Cenote Car Wash. Step out of Cancun to go to Coba and see Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, which is approximately 1h 45 min away. 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

Side Trips

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Tokyo, Japan

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. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Odaiba District, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Skytree, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tokyo road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Cancun to Tokyo in 21 hours. Traveling from Cancun to Tokyo, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cancun in May, expect Tokyo to be a bit cooler, temps between 28°C and 19°C. On the 31st (Mon), you'll travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trip

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Kyoto, Japan

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 3.5 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 go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Classes · Parks
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Osaka, Japan

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 car from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; 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 · Zoos & Aquariums
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Nara, Japan

Ancient City

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, then contemplate 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 · Museums

Side Trip

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Osaka, Japan

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, then buy 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

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Hiroshima, Japan

City of Peace

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, then contemplate 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

Find places to stay Jun 8 — 9:

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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

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Japan travel guide

4.3
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.

Kyoto Prefecture travel guide

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Kyoto Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan in the Kansai region of the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Kyoto.HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Kyoto Prefecture was known as Yamashiro.For most of its history, the city of Kyoto was Japan's Imperial capital. The city's history can be traced back as far as the 6th century. In 544, the Aoi Matsuri was held in Kyoto to pray for good harvest and good weather.Kyoto did not start out as Japan's capital. A noteworthy earlier capital was Nara. In 741, Emperor Shōmu moved the capital briefly to Kuni-kyo, between the cities of Nara and Kyoto, in present-day Kyoto Prefecture. In 784, the capital was moved to Nagaokakyō, also in present-day Kyoto Prefecture. In 794, Emperor Kanmu moved the capital to Heian-kyo, and this was the beginning of the current-day city of Kyoto. Even today, almost all of the streets, houses, stores, temples and shrines in Kyoto exist where they were placed in this year.Although in 1192 real political power shifted to Kamakura, where a samurai clan established the shogunate, Kyoto remained the imperial capital as the powerless emperors and their court continued to be seated in the city. Imperial rule was briefly restored in 1333, but another samurai clan established a new shogunate in Kyoto three years later.

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Osaka Prefecture travel guide

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Landmarks · Theme Parks · Parks
Osaka Prefecture is a prefecture located in the Kansai region on Honshu, the main island of Japan. The capital is the city of Osaka. It is the center of Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto area. Osaka is one of the two "urban prefectures" of Japan, Kyoto being the other (Tokyo became a "metropolitan prefecture", or to, in 1941).HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Osaka prefecture was known as Kawachi, Izumi, and Settsu provinces.Osaka Prefecture was created on June 21, 1868, at the very beginning of the Meiji era. During the instigation of Fuhanken Sanchisei in 1868, the prefecture received its suffix fu, designating it as an urban prefecture.On September 1, 1956, the city of Osaka was promoted to a city designated by government ordinance and thereby divided into 24 wards.In 2000, Fusae Ota became Japan's first female governor when she replaced Knock Yokoyama, who resigned after prosecution for sexual harassment.

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Nara Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Monuments · Wildlife Areas
Nara Prefecture is a prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan. The capital is the city of Nara. Nara Prefecture has the distinction of having more UNESCO World Heritage Listings than any other prefecture.HistoryNara Prefecture region is considered one of the oldest regions in Japan spanning thousands of years. The present-day Nara Prefecture as it exists now officially was created in 1887, making it independent of Osaka Prefecture.Historically, Nara Prefecture was also known as Yamato-no-kuni or Yamato Province.Up to Nara PeriodIt is certain that there was a political force established at the foot of Mount Miwa in the east of Nara Basin, seeking unification of most parts in Japan from the third century until the fourth century, though the process was not well documented. At the dawn of history, Yamato was clearly the political center of Japan.Ancient capitals of Japan were built on the land of Nara, namely Asuka-kyō, Fujiwara-kyō (694–710) and Heijō-kyō (most of 710–784). The capital cities of Fujiwara and Heijō are believed to have been modeled after Chinese capitals at the time, incorporating grid layout patterns. The royal court also established relations with Sui and then Tang Dynasty China and sent students to the Middle Kingdom to learn high civilization. By 7th century, Nara accepted the many immigrants including refugees of Baekje who had escaped from war disturbances of the southern part of the Korean peninsula. The first high civilization with royal patronage of Buddhism flourished in today's Nara city (710–784 AD).

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Hiroshima Prefecture travel guide

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Hiroshima Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūgoku region on Honshu island. The capital is the city of Hiroshima. It has a population of around 2.8 million.HistoryThe area around Hiroshima was formerly divided into Bingo Province and Aki Province. This location has been a center of trade and culture since the beginning of Japan's recorded history. Hiroshima is a traditional center of the Chūgoku region and was the seat of the Mōri clan until the Battle of Sekigahara.Hiroshima is home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites: The Atomic Dome in Hiroshima, one of the few remnants of prewar Hiroshima following the atomic bombing in 1945;The Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima, famed for filling with water and appearing to "float" during high tide.GeographyHiroshima prefecture lies in the middle of Chūgoku. Most of the prefecture consists of mountains leading towards Shimane Prefecture; and rivers produce rich plains near the coast.The province faces Shikoku across the Seto Inland Sea. Hiroshima Bay opens on the Inland Sea. The prefecture also includes many small islands.

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