11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
2
Nara
— Few hours
Train:  3​h 45​min
3
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Shiroishi
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
5
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
6
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Sydney

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 8th (Thu): examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and finally head off the coast to Miyajima.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima trip builder site .

Sydney, Australia to Hiroshima is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Hiroshima is minus 1 hour. In October, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Miyajima
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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

few
hours
Nara

Nara
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Nara trip planning app .

Getting from Hiroshima to Nara by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In October, daytime highs in Nara are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. You will leave for Tokyo on the 9th (Fri).

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cat Cafe Singeki Cat as well as Akihabara. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo travel planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Tokyo are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Shiroishi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
night
Shiroishi

Shiroishi ©
Shiroishi is a city in Miyagi Prefecture, in the Tohoku region of northern Japan. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Miyagi Zao Fox Village. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Shiroishi Castle, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Miyagi Zao Fox Village, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Okama Crater.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Shiroishi route builder app .

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Shiroishi takes 4 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in October; daily highs in Shiroishi reach 22°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shiroishi

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Okama Crater
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Miyagi Zao Fox Village ©
Miyagi Zao Fox Village
Okama Crater ©
Okama Crater
Shiroishi Castle ©
Shiroishi Castle

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cat Cafe Singeki Cat as well as Akihabara. Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland, then wander the streets of Akihabara, and then have some family-friendly fun at Cat Cafe Singeki Cat.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tokyo tour builder site .

You can drive from Shiroishi to Tokyo in 4 hours. In October, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Shiroishi - with highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Fun & Games

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Akihabara ©
Akihabara

2
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, take a stroll through Gion, and make a trip to Nijo Castle.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

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