14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan route maker

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Tokyo

— 3 nights
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.
Head to Ginza and Asakusafor some retail therapy. Tokyo National Museum and Senso-ji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, learn about all things military at Yushukan, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Tokyo road trip site.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Tokyo is minus 1 hour. In September, Tokyo is a bit warmer than Sydney - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 4 nights
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.
Shop till you drop at Nishiki Market Shopping District and Nishijin Textile Center. Kids will enjoy Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, stop by Misuyabari, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Kyoto are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

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 4th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, appreciate the history behind Monument of the Atomic Bomb Sacrifice Hiroshima, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Itsukushima Gekijyo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, and then examine the collection at Honkawa Peace Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka

— 4 nights
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.
Family-friendly places like Himeji Castle and Universal Studios Japan will thrill your kids. Get a sense of the local culture at Dotombori District and Osaka Castle. Take a break from Osaka with a short trip to Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum in Kobe, about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, look for gifts at Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori, and take a stroll through Minami (Namba).

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Osaka day trip planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In October, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.