18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  4​h 30​min
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
4
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train + Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Sydney

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.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Tokyo journey planning site .

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In December, Tokyo is cooler than Sydney - with highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Tenshukakau Observatory, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, & more). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, and steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa tour itinerary maker app .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in December: highs in Kanazawa hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, & more) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip maker tool .

Do a combination of flight and train from Kanazawa to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to catch the 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
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Daimaru Museum Umeda, & more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Arashiyama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and take a stroll through Gion.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

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