10 days in Japan Itinerary

10 days in Japan Itinerary

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10 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Sydney

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, and then don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Tokyo Skytree, then ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, and then stroll around Ueno Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary planner .

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sydney in April: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 22°C and lows are around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto itinerary planner .

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Heian Shrine ©
Heian Shrine

2
nights
Hiroshima

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 21st (Tue): examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, get to know the fascinating history of Miyajima, and then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Hiroshima sightseeing planning site .

Getting from Kyoto to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

2
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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Himeji (Koko-en Garden & Himeji Castle). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, make a trip to Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and shop like a local with Dotonbori.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planner .

Fly from Nagasaki to Osaka in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Osaka are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Himeji
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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