18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Osaka
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Himeji
— 1 night
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Tokyo
— 5 nights

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Osaka

Osaka ©
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.
Osaka Castle and Dotombori District are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Nara (Todaiji Keidaicho, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, see the interesting displays at Namban Culture Center, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

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Sydney, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Osaka, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October, daytime highs in Osaka are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Castle
Osaka Castle
4.0
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Neighborhood
Dotombori District
4.0

3
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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, get outside with Tobishima Kaido, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

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You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In October, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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World heritage site
Itsukushima Shrine
4.7
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World heritage site
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
4.7

1
night
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.
On the 4th (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, then contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, and finally steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Himeji planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, daytime highs in Himeji are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

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World heritage site
Himeji Castle
4.5
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Historic Site
Nishi no Maru
4.7
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Garden
Koko-en
4.4

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk, take a stroll through Gion, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji.

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Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Tours
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Must see
Nijo Castle
4.3

5
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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.
Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, explore the world behind art at Mori Art Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Skytree.

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You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. November in Tokyo sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping · Parks
Highlights from your trip
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Neighborhood
Odaiba District
4.2
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Religious Site
Senso-ji Temple
4.4

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