14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

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14 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  45​min
4
Himeji
— 1 night
Train:  1​h
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  3​h 30​min
6
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Sydney

3
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 30 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo route planner.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Tokyo. In March, Tokyo is colder than Sydney - with highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 27th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): admire the verdant scenery at Aratama Valley, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, then wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa planning tool .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tokyo in March, with highs in Kanazawa at 13°C and lows at 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Aratama Valley
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 28:
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

3
nights
Kyoto

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.
Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Konohana to see Universal Studios Japan about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto vacation builder .

Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Kyoto are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Universal Studios Japan
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

1
night
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Himeji planning site .

Take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Himeji are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Mt. Takamikura
Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 1:
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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 2nd (Thu), contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then head off the coast to Miyajima, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip builder site .

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 3:
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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

2
nights
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sōfuku-ji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, and finally stroll around Nagao Castle Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Nagasaki online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Hiroshima to Nagasaki by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Nagasaki are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Nagao Castle Park
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

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