16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + train:  13​h 30​min
1
Kyoto
— 5 nights
2
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
3
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Sydney

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.
Kids will enjoy Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Kofuku-ji Temple (in Nara) and Osaka Castle (in Osaka). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, and make a trip to Heian Shrine.

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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. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in January; daily highs in Kyoto reach 10°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Kofuku-ji Temple
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Miyajima & Itsukushima Shrine). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

7
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.
Family-friendly places like Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings will thrill your kids. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Imperial Palace, take a stroll through Odaiba, and engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo holiday planning tool .

Getting from Hiroshima to Tokyo by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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