16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train + bus:  1​h 45​min
2
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
4
Himeji
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
5
Suzuka
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Perth

4
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Tokyo National Museum and National Museum of Nature and Science. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Odaiba and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Mitaka to see Ghibli Museum Mitaka about 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, take a stroll through Akihabara, get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, and get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo itinerary planner .

Perth, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Perth in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

2
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 5th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), then explore the world behind art at Narukawa Art Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and then make a splash at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hakone-machi trip app .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Theme Parks Baths Museums
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Hakone Kowakien Yunessun ©
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Narukawa Art Museum ©
Narukawa Art Museum

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Let the collections at Kyoto National Museum and Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum capture your imagination. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Nara to see Todaiji Temple Cultural Center about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Gion, see the interesting displays at Kyoto International Manga Museum, get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, and explore the world behind art at Hosomi Museum.

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

Traveling by train from Hakone-machi to Kyoto takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Hakone-machi in October, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center
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Gion
Gion
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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.
To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Himeji trip planner .

Getting from Kyoto to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October in Himeji, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. You will leave for Suzuka on the 10th (Sat).

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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2
nights
Suzuka

Suzuka ©
Suzuka is a city located in Mie Prefecture, Japan.As of August 2015, the city had an estimated population of 196,853 and a population density of 1,010 persons per km². On the 10th (Sat), join the crowd at Suzuka Circuit, take an in-depth tour of Shonojuku Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsubaki Ogamiyashiro Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasado Shrine. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Mizkan Museum and then get in on the family fun at Nagashima Spa Land.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Suzuka day trip planner.

You can drive from Himeji to Suzuka in 3 hours. In October in Suzuka, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 19°C at night. On the 12th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Suzuka

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nagashima Spa Land, Mizkan Museum
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Nagashima Spa Land ©
Nagashima Spa Land
Mizkan Museum ©
Mizkan Museum
Shonojuku Museum ©
Shonojuku Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Suzuka to Hiroshima in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In October, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Itsukushima Shrine
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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