14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

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14 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + train:  13​h 30​min
1
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Ho Chi Minh City

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Jojakkoji Temple and Sanzen-in Temple. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Shimogamo Jinja and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Ninna-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Kyoto visit planner.

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. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Sydney in December, with highs in Kyoto at 13°C and lows at 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Enryaku-ji Shakado
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Ninna-ji Temple ©
Ninna-ji Temple

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.
Get some cultural insight at Samukawa Shrine and Nezu Shrine. Your inner history buff will appreciate Asakusa Shrine and Sensō-ji. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Oyama Afuri Shrine (in Isehara), Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, & more) and Takahata Fudoson Kongo-ji Temple (in Hino). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Yasukuni Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kanda Myojin, wander the streets of Ueno, and don't miss a visit to Hozomon.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kamakura, Oyama Afuri Shrine, Naritasan Omote Sando, Katori Jingu Shrine, Takahata Fudoson Kongo-ji Temple
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Hozenji Yokocho, contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and finally contemplate the long history of Osaka City Central Hall. On the next day, get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Horyu-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yakushi-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodaiji Temple.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Osaka trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Osaka are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Tours Fun & Games

Side Trips

Nara, Horyu-ji Temple
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Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Toshodaiji Temple ©
Toshodaiji Temple
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine

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