14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

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14 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
2
Osaka
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Ishigaki
— 1 day
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
5
Onna-son
— 1 night
Fly:  13​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.
For shopping fun, head to Ginza or Takeshita Street. Family-friendly places like Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo Disneyland will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: explore the galleries of Tokyo National Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ueno Zoo, get curious at National Museum of Nature and Science, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in December, with highs in Tokyo at 14°C and lows at 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Namban Culture Center as well as Hankyu Umeda Gallery. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Head to Dotonbori and Nishiki Marketfor plenty of shopping. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Kyoto (Kinkaku-ji & Gion), Sanjusangendo Temple (in Higashiyama) and Nara Park (in Nara).

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

Take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kyoto, Nara Park
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): make a trip to Miyajima, steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine Torii, and then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and then steep yourself in history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip builder .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

1
day
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, and finally get engrossed in the history at Ishigaki Yaima Village.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip planning tool .

Getting from Hiroshima to Ishigaki by combination of train and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly. When traveling from Hiroshima in December, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Ishigaki: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble ©
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble
Ishigaki Yaima Village ©
Ishigaki Yaima Village

1
night
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Manzamo, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Onna-son driving holiday planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Ishigaki to Onna-son in 5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Onna-son, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Onna-son

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Cape Manzamo ©
Cape Manzamo
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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