24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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24 days in Japan Itinerary

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

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, & more). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, make a trip to Heian Shrine, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto online trip itinerary planner .

Sydney, Australia to Kyoto is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Kyoto. Traveling from Sydney in January, things will get much colder in Kyoto: highs are around 10°C and lows about 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

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

4
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Himeji: Kurashiki (Ohara Museum of Art & Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter), Shikoku Mura Village (in Takamatsu) and Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Himeji Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, take in the dramatic natural features at Tottori Sand Dunes, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Himeji road trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Himeji are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Kurashiki, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Shikoku Mura Village, Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Tottori Sand Dunes
Highlights from your plan
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Miyajima, & more), Mizuho Highland (in Ohnan-cho) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hiroshima trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Himeji to Hiroshima by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Mizuho Highland
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha (in Hida), Takayama Jinya (in Takayama) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses). The adventure continues: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, hit the slopes at Ski Jam Katsuyama, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, and see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa tour planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Kanazawa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Hiroshima in January, expect nights in Kanazawa to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are slightly colder, around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha, Takayama Jinya, Ski Jam Katsuyama
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

6
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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner .

Getting from Kanazawa to Tokyo by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. While traveling from Kanazawa, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 11°C to lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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