14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

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14 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
2
Matsumoto
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Takayama
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Nagoya
— 1 night
Train:  45​min
5
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  30​min
6
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h
7
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 15​min
8
Fukuoka
— 1 night
Train:  2​h
9
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Sydney

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, then don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji and then wander the streets of Odaiba.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary tool .

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. October in Tokyo sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings ©

1
night
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, explore the world behind art at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Pond Tashiro.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto holiday planner .

Take a train from Tokyo to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in October; daily highs in Matsumoto reach 21°C and lows reach 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Pond Tashiro ©
Pond Tashiro
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Japan Ukiyo-e Museum ©
Japan Ukiyo-e Museum

1
night
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
On the 27th (Sun), explore the world behind art at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, then wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, and finally see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Takayama online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Matsumoto to Takayama by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Takayama are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Hida Takayama Museum of Art ©
Hida Takayama Museum of Art

1
night
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, go for a walk through Goyosuiato Gaien, admire the masterpieces at Ama Shippoyaki Art Village, then contemplate the long history of Takeda Tei, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Nagoya trip builder tool .

You can drive from Takayama to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Ama Shippoyaki Art Village
Highlights from your plan
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Ama Shippoyaki Art Village ©
Ama Shippoyaki Art Village

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Gion.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Nagoya to Kyoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
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.
On the 31st (Thu), get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Osaka trip planner .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. In October, daytime highs in Osaka are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Kasuga Grand Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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 2nd (Sat), contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can catch the train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, admire the masterpieces at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, then let the kids burn off some steam at Ohori Park, and finally savor the flavors at Osakana Tengoku.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Fukuoka trip planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Shopping Fun & Games Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tenjin Underground Shopping Center ©
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum ©
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum
Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park

2
nights
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
On the 4th (Mon), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, steep yourself in history at Nagasaki Peace Park, then get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sofukuji Temple, and finally admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden.

Before you visit Nagasaki, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Fukuoka to Nagasaki by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In November in Nagasaki, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

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