14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

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14 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + train:  13​h 30​min
1
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Amagasaki
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  1​h
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
5
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Sydney

3
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, classes, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo-jo Castle, take a stroll through Gion, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkaku-ji Temple.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto road trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Kyoto is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Amagasaki.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Amagasaki

Amagasaki ©
Amagasaki is an industrial city located in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, wander the streets of Dotonbori, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and finally take in the views from Oe Bridge.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Amagasaki trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Amagasaki takes 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Amagasaki can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Amagasaki

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, Kuchu Teien Observatory
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, take in nature's colorful creations at Kokoen Garden, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Otemae Street.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Himeji road trip planning app .

Getting from Amagasaki to Himeji by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Himeji are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Kokoen Garden ©
Kokoen Garden
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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.
On the 10th (Wed), head off the coast to Miyajima and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, then appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima travel route tool .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. October in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

3
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo online trip maker .

Do a combination of train and taxi from Hiroshima to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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