16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Kyoto

— 5 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.
Bring the kids along to Universal Studios Japan and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan (in Osaka) and Kofuku-ji Temple (in Nara). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koshojibetsuin Ryozenhobyo, wander the streets of Gion, and stop by Arashiyama.

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Sydney, Australia to Kyoto is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Kyoto. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Sydney in January: high temperatures in Kyoto hover around 10°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 3 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.
Kids will enjoy Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Miyajima. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Itsukushima Shrine (in Hatsukaichi) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

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Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo

— 7 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.
Family-friendly places like Tokyo Disneyland and Odaiba District will thrill your kids. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

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Traveling by flight from Hiroshima to Tokyo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

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.