14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

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14 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
+2
Fly + subway + train:  16​h
1
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  1​h
2
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  45​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Brisbane

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 22nd (Tue), make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle. Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Miyajima, steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima road trip website .

Brisbane, Australia to Hiroshima is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Traveling from Brisbane to Hiroshima, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

1
night
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Himeji sightseeing planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Himeji, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Mt. Takamikura
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

3
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.
When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Universal Studios Japan in Konohana, approximately 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, don't miss a visit to Gion, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 28th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, make a trip to Omicho Market, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, then stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, then don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, then contemplate the long history of Higashichaya Old Town, then admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa tour itinerary planner .

Take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 30 minutes away). There's much more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo road trip app .

Getting from Kanazawa to Tokyo by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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