27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

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27 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly + bus:  14​h 30​min
1
Kyoto
— 17 nights
train:  2​h
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
3
Osaka
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Perth

17
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: Toba Aquarium (in Toba), Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Ise (Okageza, Okage Yokocho, & more). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District, and contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto day trip planning site .

Perth, Australia to Kyoto is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Perth to Kyoto. When traveling from Perth in November, plan for much colder days in Kyoto, with highs around 19°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 10°C. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Ise, Otsu, Miyazu, Uji, Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force Helicopter Squadron 23rd
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, then appreciate the history behind Peace Flame, and finally pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph. On the next day, step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

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Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Wed) before leaving for Osaka.

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
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) (in Chuo), Himeji (Koko-en Garden & Himeji Castle) and Koya-cho (Torodo Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, & more). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, stroll around Nara Park, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planner .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In November, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Nara, Himeji, Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), Motoibarakigawa Ryokuchi Park
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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