12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
3
Tokyo
— 5 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.
Bring the kids along to Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Kyoto (Gion & Kinkaku-ji), Kiyomizu-dera Temple (in Higashiyama) and Nijo Castle (in Nakagyo). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, examine the collection at Namban Culture Center, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka travel itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in June, with highs in Osaka at 32°C and lows at 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kyoto
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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.
On the 28th (Fri), examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and then head off the coast to Miyajima. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, then pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, and finally contemplate the long history of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima online trip planner .

Getting from Osaka to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums 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

5
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.
Family-friendly places like Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see where to stay and tourist information, read our Tokyo route builder app .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Tokyo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 4th (Thu).

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

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

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