17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  4​h 30​min
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train + Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Sydney

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.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Tokyo Disneyland, have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, and examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

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Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Tokyo is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Sydney in November, expect Tokyo to be a bit cooler, temps between 19°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

3
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Get out of town with these interesting Fujikawaguchiko-machi side-trips: Onshirin Garden (in Fujiyoshida), Panoramic Viewing Platform (in Yamanakako-mura) and Mt. Kumotori (in Okutama-machi). The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, go for a walk through Lake Kawaguchi, and get in on the family fun at Fuji-Q Highland.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Fujikawaguchiko-machi day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in November, plan for little chillier days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Fujiyoshida, Mount Fuji, Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck, Mt. Kumotori
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Fuji-Q Highland ©
Fuji-Q Highland

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 23rd (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, then make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cruise along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, then make a trip to Higashichaya Old Town, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

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You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Kanazawa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in November, expect nights in Kanazawa to be little chillier, around 8°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

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 25th (Mon): examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Kanazawa to Hiroshima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Miyajima
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

6
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle, & more). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Heian Shrine, don't miss a visit to Gion, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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