13 days in Japan & Sydney Itinerary

13 days in Japan & Sydney Itinerary

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13 days in Japan & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly + train:  13​h 30​min
1
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Kamakura, Japan
— 1 night
Fly:  12​h 45​min
4
Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
End: Sydney, Australia

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Head to Dotonbori and Nene Kimonofor plenty of shopping. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll around Japaning Kyoto Information Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market Shopping District.

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Sydney, Australia to Kyoto is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. In October in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Dotonbori
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

3
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.
Shop till you drop at Ginza and Asakusa. Get a sense of the local culture at Senso-ji Temple and Art Jeunesse Akihabara. The adventure continues: get a taste of the local shopping with Takeshita Street, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take a stroll through Odaiba, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tokyo vacation planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In October in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Kamakura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

1
night
Kamakura, Japan

Kamakura ©
The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
On the 23rd (Fri), look for gifts at Kotonoichi Kamakura, then steep yourself in history at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple, and finally make a trip to Kōtoku-in.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kamakura trip itinerary tool .

Take a train from Tokyo to Kamakura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in October, plan for slightly colder days in Kamakura, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites Shopping
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Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

4
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.
For shopping fun, head to Sydney Fish Market or Karlangu Aboriginal Art Centre. Get a sense of the local culture at The Rocks and Brett Whiteley Studio. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, shop like a local with Queen Victoria Building, get some fabulous bargains at Birkenhead Point Brand Outlet, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney online journey builder .

Getting from Kamakura to Sydney by flight takes about 13 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kamakura to Sydney. Traveling from Kamakura in October, expect nights in Sydney to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Shopping Parks Outdoors
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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