18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sydney
Fly:  13 h 30 min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h
2
Nagoya
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
3
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  30 min
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  16 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.
Mt. Fuji 5th Station has been added to your itinerary. Head to Takeshita Street and Ginzafor some retail therapy. Senso-ji Temple and Imperial Palace will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Odaiba, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, see Asakusa Samurai Ai Armor Experience, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip builder.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Sydney in March, things will get much colder in Tokyo: highs are around 17°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mt. Fuji 5th Station
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Ginza ©
Ginza

1
night
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): contemplate the long history of Nagoya Castle, step into the grandiose world of Seinan Sumiyagura, explore the activities along Yamazaki River, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, then see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and finally make a trip to Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Nagoya TV Tower, take a stroll through Sakae, don't miss a visit to Osu Shopping Street, then examine the collection at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, then buy something for everyone on your list at Mitsui Outlet Park Jazz Dream Nagashima, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Nagoya road trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Nagoya in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. While traveling from Tokyo, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nagoya, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Kuwana, Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank
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Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank ©
Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank

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.
Popular historic sites such as Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple are in your itinerary. Shop till you drop at Nishiki Market Shopping District and Ido Kotobukiya. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Nara to see Todai-ji Temple about 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Arashiyama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, have some family-friendly fun at Geisha and Maiko Makeover Experience in Kyoto Gion Aya, and visit Gion.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Nagoya, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, then take a stroll through Dotombori, and finally stop by Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Kaidan-do, walk around Nara Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple 5 Stories Pagoda, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Saho River.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary planning app.

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nara
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Dotombori ©
Dotombori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and Atomic Bomb Dome. Your inner history buff will appreciate Miyajima and Senjokaku. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Mikasahama Beach, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, and see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima holiday planning app.

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In April, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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