14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

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14 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  14 h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+3
Train + Subway + Fly + Taxi:  4 h 30 min
4
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  25 h
End: Melbourne

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo route website .

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo. When traveling from Melbourne in November, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Oharai-machi. Venture out of the city with trips to Ise (Okageza, Ise Shrine Geku, &more) and Osaka (Osaka Castle & Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Gion, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and take in nature's colorful creations at Nanzen-ji Temple.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Ise, Osaka
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Yamato Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Okunoshima Island (in Takehara), Momijidani Park (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Miyajima & Itsukushima Shrine). The adventure continues: appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Yamato Museum, Okunoshima Island
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
The Cenotaph ©
The Cenotaph

2
nights
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
On the 30th (Mon), make a trip to Jōmon Sugi, take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, then make a trip to Wilson Stump, and finally don't miss a visit to Taikoiwa. On the next day, take in the awesome beauty at Tachudake, see the interesting displays at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, and then explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho road trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Hiroshima to Yakushima-cho in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Hiroshima in November, with highs in Yakushima-cho at 24°C and lows at 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Taikoiwa ©
Taikoiwa

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