17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+3
Fly + train + foot + ferry:  17​h 15​min
1
Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
+2
bus + train + Fly:  6​h 45​min
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Sydney

2
nights
Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Attractions like Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and Anchihama make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Motobu-cho's surroundings by going to Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in Nago) and Kouri-jima Island (in Nakijin-son). There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, kick back and relax at Akabaka Beach, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Okichan Theater.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Motobu-cho trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Motobu-cho is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Sydney to Motobu-cho, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. April in Motobu-cho sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Akabaka Beach
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park ©

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima sightseeing tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Motobu-cho to Hiroshima in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Motobu-cho in April; daily highs in Hiroshima reach 22°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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.
Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka--about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, and wander the streets of Gion.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Kyoto using our trip planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

5
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.
Attractions like Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 14th (Wed) at Tokyo Disneyland. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, stroll through Ueno Zoo, get your game on at Samurai Armor Photo Studio, and get curious at National Museum of Nature and Science.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tokyo itinerary planner .

Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. April in Tokyo sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

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