14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Melbourne
Fly + Train:  15 h 30 min
1
Nagoya
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Takayama
— Few hours
Train:  2 h
3
Inuyama
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
5
Kami
— Few hours
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
7
Kurashiki
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Naoshima-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
9
Bizen
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
10
Osaka
— 1 night
End: Osaka

3
nights
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.
On the 16th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, examine the collection at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Nabana no Sato, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hosho-in (Osu Kannon), then make a trip to Osu Shopping Street, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Nagoya TV Tower. On your second day here, explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, then see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and finally examine the collection at Noritake no Mori.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Nagoya day trip planning app.

Melbourne, Australia to Nagoya is an approximately 16- hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Melbourne in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Nagoya: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Takayama.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Nabana no Sato, Toyota Automobile Museum
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Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium

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hours
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
On the 18th (Wed), wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Takayama trip planner.

You can drive from Nagoya to Takayama in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September in Takayama, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Inuyama.

Things to do in Takayama

Neighborhoods
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Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji

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night
Inuyama

Inuyama ©
Located on the banks of an important regional river, the inland castle town of Inuyama has long been an important waypoint for merchants and travelers.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): admire the striking features of Mie Prefectural Office, admire the striking features of The Museum Meijimura, get engrossed in the history at Little World, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanko Inari Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Inuyama Castle, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Inuyama Jokamachi.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Inuyama trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Takayama to Inuyama by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Inuyama can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Inuyama

Museums Historic Sites
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The Museum Meijimura ©
The Museum Meijimura
Inuyama Castle ©
Inuyama Castle
Little World ©
Little World

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.
On the 20th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. On the next day, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then look for gifts at Hararyokaku Honten, and finally take a stroll through Gion.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Kyoto trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Take a train from Inuyama to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Inuyama in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kami.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Gion
Gion

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hours
Kami

Kami
To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kami online visit planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Kami by car takes about 4.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Kami are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kami

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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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 23rd (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima visit planning app.

Traveling by car from Kami to Hiroshima takes 4 hours. In September in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kurashiki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Hiroshima Castle ©
Hiroshima Castle

1
day
Kurashiki

Kurashiki ©
A town once known for its industriousness, today Kurashiki enjoys a reputation for its architecture and art.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Shinkeien, admire the masterpieces at Ohara Museum of Art, look for gifts at Mamekichi Hompo, Kurashiki, get to know the fascinating history of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, then examine the collection at Japanese Rural Toy Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Kurashiki Ivy Square.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kurashiki tour website.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kurashiki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Kurashiki, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Kurashiki

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Kibitsu Shrine
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Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter ©
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter
Japanese Rural Toy Museum ©
Japanese Rural Toy Museum

2
nights
Naoshima-cho

Naoshima-cho ©
On a vacation in Naoshima-cho, a charming island town in the Seto Inland Sea, you can discover its numerous contemporary art museums, sculptures, installations, and galleries.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): head off the coast to Naoshima, then admire the masterpieces at Benesse House Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Lee Ufan Art Museun, and finally visit Naoshima Bath.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Naoshima-cho travel planner.

Traveling by car from Kurashiki to Naoshima-cho takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Bizen.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Museums Nature Parks
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Chichu Art Museum ©
Chichu Art Museum
Benesse House Museum ©
Benesse House Museum
Naoshima ©
Naoshima

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night
Bizen

Bizen ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): explore the world behind art at FAN Museum.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bizen day trip planning site.

Getting from Naoshima-cho to Bizen by car takes about 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Bizen

Museums
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FAN Museum ©
FAN Museum

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): wander the streets of Dotombori and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Osaka planner.

You can drive from Bizen to Osaka in 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotombori ©
Dotombori
Kuchu Teien Observatory ©
Kuchu Teien Observatory

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