16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  15​h
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 5 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
4
Tokyo
— 2 nights
5
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Sydney

1
night
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.
To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip builder app .

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in April, things will get a bit cooler in Tokyo: highs are around 22°C and lows about 12°C. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Fri) before leaving for Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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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.
On the 12th (Fri), examine the collection at Kyoto Railway Museum and then explore the activities along Kamogawa River. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Miho Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and finally see the interesting displays at Kyoto International Manga Museum.

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Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Wakasa History Museum, Miho Museum
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Miho Museum ©
Miho Museum
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Mt. Kurama ©
Mt. Kurama

5
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.
You'll explore and learn at Mint Museum and Museum of Oriental Ceramics. Explore hidden gems such as Koyasan Danjo Garan and CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Doi Shrine (in Amagasaki), Koya-cho (Koyasan Reihokan Museum, Kongobu-ji Temple, & more) and Nara (Todai-ji Temple, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, & more). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Dotonbori, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, examine the collection at Jikko Cutlery, and take an in-depth tour of Open-Air Museum of Old Japanese Farm Houses.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Osaka online tour itinerary planner .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In April, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, Open-Air Museum of Old Japanese Farm Houses, Doi Shrine
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Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, shop like a local with Ginza, then admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, then examine the collection at The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at Ueno Zoo, wander the streets of Asakusa, and then examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Tokyo trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Head to Ginza and Asakusafor some retail therapy. You'll explore and learn at Tokyo National Museum and The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures. Step out of Tokyo to go to Urayasu and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Enjoy Tokyo some more: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ueno Zoo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Zojoji Temple, and examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tokyo tour planning tool .

On the 25th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
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Zojo-ji Temple ©
Zojo-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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