12 days in Japan & Manila Itinerary

12 days in Japan & Manila Itinerary

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12 days in Japan & Manila Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  11​h
1
Manila, Philippines
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 15​min
2
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  3​h
3
Osaka, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
4
Kyoto, Japan
— Few hours
Fly:  8​h 45​min
5
Manila, Philippines
— 1 night
Fly:  11​h
End: Sydney, Australia

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night
Manila, Philippines

Manila ©
The capital of the Philippines and the "Pearl of the Orient," Manila truly resembles a gem: rough on the outside, but glittering within.
To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Manila trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Manila is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Sydney to Manila, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in July, things will get warmer in Manila: highs are around 37°C and lows about 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Manila

Parks Historic Sites
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Fort Santiago ©
Fort Santiago

4
nights
Tokyo, Japan

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings and Tokyo DisneySea. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo Disneyland in Urayasu--about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and engage your brain at National Museum of Nature and Science.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo road trip app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Manila to Tokyo takes 7.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Philippines Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

4
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Universal Studios Japan and Nara Park. When in Osaka, make a side trip to see Kasuga Grand Shrine in Nara, approximately 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, enjoy breathtaking views from Tsutenkaku, and take some stellar pictures from Kuchu Teien Observatory.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Osaka vacation maker site .

Getting from Tokyo to Osaka by combination of flight and train takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nara
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park

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hours
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.
On the 23rd (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Nijo-jo Castle and then take some stellar pictures from Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto route planner.

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In July, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Manila.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
Manila, Philippines

Manila ©
For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Manila travel planner.

You can do a combination of train, flight, and bus from Kyoto to Manila in 9 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kyoto to Manila due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Manila

Parks Historic Sites
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Rizal Park ©
Rizal Park

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