19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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19 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train + Taxi:  2​h 30​min
2
Yamanouchi-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Narusawa-mura
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h
4
Kita
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
5
Himeji
— 1 night
Train:  1​h
6
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
7
Kyoto
— 4 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.
For shopping fun, head to Ginza or Asakusa. Your inner history buff will appreciate Tokyo National Museum and Senso-ji Temple. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Mitaka to see Ghibli Museum about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, view the masterpieces at Art Jeunesse Akihabara, and get a taste of the local shopping with Harajuku Takeshita-dori.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo route planner .

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Tokyo is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in November; daily highs in Tokyo reach 19°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

2
nights
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
On the 11th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park. Keep things going the next day: fly down the slopes at Shiga Kogen.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Yamanouchi-machi road trip app .

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Tokyo to Yamanouchi-machi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, Yamanouchi-machi is slightly colder than Tokyo - with highs of 14°C and lows of 6°C. On the 12th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Narusawa-mura.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area ©
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area

2
nights
Narusawa-mura

Narusawa-mura ©
A village at the foothills of Mt.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): go for a walk through Momiji Tunnel and then get impressive views of Mount Fuji. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fuji Hakone Izu National Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Narusawa-mura day trip planning app .

You can drive from Yamanouchi-machi to Narusawa-mura in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 11°C in Narusawa-mura. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kita.

Things to do in Narusawa-mura

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Mount Fuji, Momiji Tunnel
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park ©
Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park
Momiji Tunnel ©
Momiji Tunnel

2
nights
Kita

Kita ©
A Kita holiday offers a great deal of varied attractions that cater to all kinds of modern urban explorers.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, take a stroll through Shinsaibashi, and then take a stroll through Dotonbori. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): wander the streets of Minami (Namba) and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kita trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Narusawa-mura to Kita. When traveling from Narusawa-mura in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kita, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Kita

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka
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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 17th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, take in nature's colorful creations at Kokoen Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Otemae Street.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Himeji day trip planning website .

You can drive from Kita to Himeji in 1.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Miyajima and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, then pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip maker tool .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

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

4
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 Gion and Kinkaku-ji. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo-jo Castle. Change things up with a short trip to Nara Park in Nara (about 1h 10 min away). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto day trip planning website .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and train. In November, daytime highs in Kyoto are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Nara Park
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Gion
Gion
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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