15 days in Japan & Taipei Itinerary

15 days in Japan & Taipei Itinerary

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Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  14 h 30 min
1
Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
Train:  30 min
3
Kobe, Japan
— Few hours
Train:  3 h
4
Kumamoto, Japan
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
5
Fukuoka, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
6
Beppu, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
7
Yufu, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  9 h 15 min
8
Taipei, Taiwan
— 1 night
Fly:  12 h 45 min
End: Sydney, Australia

3
nights
Osaka, Japan

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.
Get some historical perspective at Osaka Castle and Kasuga Grand Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nara (Todai-ji Temple, Mt. Wakakusa, &more). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Dotombori District, meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, relax and rejuvenate at SpaWorld, and get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka route planner.

Sydney, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Osaka. In September, Osaka is somewhat warmer than Sydney - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Nara
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

4
nights
Kyoto, Japan

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.
Visit Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, and contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto tour itinerary builder website.

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

few
hours
Kobe, Japan

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan-gai), take a stroll through Kobe Harborland, and then take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kobe vacation planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kobe in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. October in Kobe sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland
Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan-gai) ©
Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan-gai)

1
night
Kumamoto, Japan

Kumamoto ©
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Sakuranobaba Johsaien, don't miss a visit to Kumamon Square, thenadmire the natural beauty at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kato Shrine, and finally step into the grandiose world of Kumamoto Castle.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kumamoto trip itinerary maker.

Take a train from Kobe to Kumamoto in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Kobe in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 17°C in Kumamoto. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Kato Shrine ©
Kato Shrine
Suizenji Jojuen Garden ©
Suizenji Jojuen Garden

1
night
Fukuoka, Japan

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, thenwander the streets of Nishijin Shopping District, and then stroll around Ohori Park.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Fukuoka trip builder site.

Traveling by train from Kumamoto to Fukuoka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Beppu.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine
Nishijin Shopping District ©
Nishijin Shopping District

1
night
Beppu, Japan

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago, witness a stunning natural landmark at Hells of Beppu, and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Beppu sightseeing site.

Traveling by car from Fukuoka to Beppu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Beppu sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Yufu.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Spas

Side Trip

Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago
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Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago ©
Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago
Hells of Beppu ©
Hells of Beppu
Onsen Resorts

2
nights
Yufu, Japan

Yufu ©
Discover widely renowned onsens on a tour of Yufu, a tranquil town overlooked by a two-peaked mountain.
On the 10th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unaki Hime Shrine, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Yufu, thenstop by Gomafukudo, Yufuin, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Yufuin Area.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Yufu online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Beppu to Yufu takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Taipei.

Things to do in Yufu

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Mt. Yufu ©
Mt. Yufu
Yufuin Area ©
Yufuin Area
Unaki Hime Shrine ©
Unaki Hime Shrine

1
night
Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei
Situated in a basin between two mountain ranges, Taipei appeals to tourists with its blend of Asian cultures, living side by side amidst Japanese-era mansions and Taoist temples.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): buy something for everyone on your list at Taipei 101.

Plan my day in Taipei using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yufu to Taipei. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Yufu to Taipei due to the time zone difference. In October, Taipei is a bit warmer than Yufu - with highs of 32°C and lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Taipei

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Ximending
Ximending
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall ©
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall

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