13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train + Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Sydney

5
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.
Kids will enjoy Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. Next up on the itinerary: ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, wander the streets of Odaiba, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, and get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in September: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

6
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Osaka (Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum & Osaka Castle). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eikando Zenrinji Temple, take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, and make a trip to Gion.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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