10 days in Japan Itinerary

10 days in Japan Itinerary

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10 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  13​h
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
3
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Sydney

3
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (in Fushimi), Kiyomizu-dera Temple (in Higashiyama) and Kyoto (Kinkaku-ji & Gion). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, wander the streets of Dotonbori, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Sydney in August; daily highs in Osaka reach 39°C and lows reach 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kyoto
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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 15th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine, then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, and then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima day trip planning app .

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, and see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online holiday planner .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Tokyo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. You'll set off for home on the 20th (Thu).

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings ©

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