45 days in Australian Capital Territory & Japan Itinerary

45 days in Australian Capital Territory & Japan Itinerary

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Canberra, Australia
— 9 nights
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Hakone-machi, Japan
— 5 nights
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 4 nights
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Himeji, Japan
— 3 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 6 nights
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Nagoya, Japan
— 5 nights
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Kanazawa, Japan
— 4 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 8 nights
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Canberra, Australia

— 9 nights

The Bush Capital

A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
When in Canberra, make a side trip to see Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex in Paddys River, approximately Paddys River away. Spend the 17th (Thu) exploring nature at Brindabella National Park. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia, make a trip to Mount Ainslie Lookout, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Burley Griffin.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Canberra online trip planner.

Melbourne to Canberra is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. March in Canberra sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can fly to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 9 — 18:

Hakone-machi, Japan

— 5 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakone-machi: Lake Yamanaka (in Yamanakako-mura), Fujinomiya (Kengamine & Kusushi Shrine) and Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi). Spend the 19th (Sat) exploring nature at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. The adventure continues: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun, take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, and explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Hakone-machi takes 15 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Canberra to Hakone-machi due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Canberra in March, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be a bit cooler, around 7°C, while days are cooler, around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 18 — 23:

Hiroshima, Japan

— 4 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Kurashiki (Japanese Rural Toy Museum & Ohara Museum of Art), Hatsukaichi (Miyajima & Itsukushima Shrine) and Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip site.

Getting from Hakone-machi to Hiroshima by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in March: highs in Hiroshima hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 23 — 27:

Himeji, Japan

— 3 nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Himeji: Bizen (Otabu Gyoko Genroku Bohatei & Hattoji Furusatomura), Tendaki Falls (in Yabu) and Daisen Outlook (in Mimasaka). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, and admire the natural beauty at Koko-en.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Himeji journey planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 27 — 30:

Kyoto, Japan

— 6 nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Osaka (Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan & Universal Studios Japan) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online trip builder.

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 5:

Nagoya, Japan

— 5 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagoya: Ise (Okage Yokocho & Ise Grand Shrine), Chubu Park (in Toin-cho) and Nisshin Civic Hall (in Nisshin). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, visit Nagoya City Agricultural Center, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Nagoya trip tool.

Take a train from Kyoto to Nagoya in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in April, you will find days in Nagoya are slightly colder (19°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 5 — 10:

Kanazawa, Japan

— 4 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Takayama (Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), &more) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, and don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa tour builder website.

Getting from Nagoya to Kanazawa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Kanazawa, with lows of 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 10 — 14:

Tokyo, Japan

— 8 nights
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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 19th (Tue) at Tokyo Disneyland. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take an in-depth tour of Tokyo National Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, and take a stroll through Odaiba District.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Tokyo, with lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 14 — 22:

Australian Capital Territory travel guide

4.3
History Museums · Government Buildings · Art Museums
Australian Capital Territory houses the seat of Australia’s government. Entirely surrounded by the state of New South Wales, it consists mainly of tracts of agricultural land and the mountainous Namadgi National Park, in addition to the country’s modern capital, Canberra. The region has a population of approximately 360,000 people, the vast majority of whom live within metropolitan Canberra.

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.