12 days in Japan, Sydney & Manila Itinerary

12 days in Japan, Sydney & Manila Itinerary

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12 days in Japan, Sydney & Manila Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
1
Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h
2
Manila, Philippines
— 1 day
Fly:  7​h 45​min
3
Osaka, Japan
— 1 night
train:  30​min
4
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Fuji, Japan
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Tokyo, Japan
— 1 night
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Sydney, Australia

3
nights
Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Attractions like Bondi Beach and Manly Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Spend the 16th (Mon) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's much more to do: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Sydney journey site .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. In July, daytime highs in Sydney are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Manila.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

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Sydney Harbour National Park
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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day
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.
On the 18th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rizal Park, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Manila Ocean Park, and then stroll through Fort Santiago.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Manila trip maker app .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Manila in 11 hours. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Philippines Time (PHT) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Sydney in July, things will get warmer in Manila: highs are around 37°C and lows about 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Manila

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
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Manila Ocean Park ©
Manila Ocean Park
Fort Santiago ©
Fort Santiago
Rizal Park ©
Rizal Park

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): wander the streets of Dotonbori and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, laugh and play at SpaWorld, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Osaka holiday builder app .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and train from Manila to Osaka in 8 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manila to Osaka. In July, daytime highs in Osaka are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

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Theme Parks Baths Historic Sites
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
SpaWorld ©
SpaWorld

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nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Heian Shrine, then take some stellar pictures from Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Nijo-jo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, then admire the natural beauty at Shosei-en Garden, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planner.

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. July in Kyoto sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to take a train to Fuji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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Fuji, Japan

Fuji ©
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. On the 23rd (Mon), stroll through Karigane Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Iwamotoyama Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jissoji Temple, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fujitominatonomieru Park, and finally admire the sheer force of Odana Falls.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Fuji trip builder tool .

Getting from Kyoto to Fuji by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Kyoto in July, expect nights in Fuji to be about the same, around 27°C, while days are slightly colder, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fuji

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Fujitominatonomieru Park ©
Fujitominatonomieru Park

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and finally admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo day trip tool .

Take a train from Fuji to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Fuji in July: highs in Tokyo hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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