11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— Few hours
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
3
Kyoto
— 1 night
train:  3​h
4
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  3​h
5
Osaka
— 1 day
Fly:  16​h
End: Adelaide

few
hours
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.
For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip planner .

Adelaide, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Adelaide in July, things will get much hotter in Osaka: highs are around 37°C and lows about 28°C. On the 17th (Wed), you're off toKyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

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.
Kids will enjoy Toei Kyoto Studio Park and Yuenchi Mortpia. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Suzuka Circuit (in Suzuka) and Gotemba Beach (in Tsu). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, wander the streets of Gion, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto attractions planner .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In July, daytime highs in Kyoto are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Suzuka, Gotemba Beach
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Toei Kyoto Studio Park ©
Toei Kyoto Studio Park
Suzuka Circuit ©
Suzuka Circuit

1
night
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): go for a walk through Philosopher's Walk, steep yourself in history at Kyoto Imperial Palace, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto day trip site .

You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Ryoanji Temple ©
Ryoanji Temple
Philosopher's Walk ©
Philosopher's Walk
Kyoto Imperial Palace ©
Kyoto Imperial Palace

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.
You've now added Meiji Jingu Shrine to your itinerary. Family-friendly places like Tokyo Disneyland and National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, appreciate the history behind Hachiko, admire the striking features of Tokyo Skytree, and wander the streets of Akihabara.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Tokyo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Fri) before leaving for Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

1
day
Osaka

Osaka ©
You've now added Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan to your itinerary. On the 26th (Fri), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Osaka attractions planning website .

Take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

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