11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
3
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Sydney


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2
nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
On the 1st (Wed), don't miss a visit to Hakata Station, take in nature's colorful creations at Komyozen-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazaifu Tenman-gu, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Kurume Tsubaki Park, stroll around Cosmos Park Kitano, then walk around Ohori Park, and finally explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Fukuoka road trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Fukuoka is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. 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. In December, Fukuoka is colder than Sydney - with highs of 13°C and lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kurume, Dazaifu
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Komyozen-ji Temple ©
Komyozen-ji Temple
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum ©
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum

4
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Castle). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, make a trip to Heian Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner .

Getting from Fukuoka to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trip

Osaka
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

4
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and wander the streets of Odaiba.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Tokyo planning website .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Tokyo are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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