14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

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14 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Launceston
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
3
Himeji
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Launceston

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.
Get some cultural insight at Sensō-ji and Takeshita Street. Tokyo National Museum and Kōtoku-in will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Hase-dera Temple in Kamakura, about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Ginza, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, get a taste of the local shopping with Asakusa, and don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo day trip planner.

Launceston, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Launceston to Tokyo. Traveling from Launceston in October, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 26°C and 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Kamakura
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Popular historic sites such as Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Osaka (Daimaru Museum Umeda, Dotonbori, & more). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tofuku-ji Temple, appreciate the extensive heritage of Asahiyaki, and wander the streets of Gion.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Asahiyaki
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

2
nights
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 9th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagoyama Reien Busharito. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jodoji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishino Hoden Oishi Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and finally look for gifts at Yamasa Kamaboko Yumesenkan.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Himeji itinerary planning website .

Getting from Kyoto to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October in Himeji, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Takasago, Jodoji Temple
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nishi no Maru ©
Nishi no Maru
Nagoyama Reien Busharito ©
Nagoyama Reien Busharito

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): stop by Itsukushima Gekijyo, don't miss a visit to Miyajima, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima driving holiday app .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. October in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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