18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Canberra
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 45​min
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+3
Train + Subway + Fly + Taxi:  4​h 30​min
5
Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  26​h
End: Canberra

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Asakusa Shrine and Nezu Shrine. Do some cultural sightseeing at Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple) and Kencho-ji Temple. Change things up with a short trip to Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) in Kamakura (about 1 hour away). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Yanaka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, get to know the fascinating history of Hozomon, and don't miss a visit to Kitchen Town (Kappabashi).

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Tokyo vacation maker .

Canberra, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Canberra to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In June, Tokyo is much warmer than Canberra - with highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kamakura
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Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)

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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple will appeal to history buffs. Kinkaku-ji and Kennin-ji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Ise (Ise Shrine Geku & Oharai-machi) and Mimurotoji Temple (in Uji). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki), contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and take some stellar pictures from Mt. Kurama.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Kyoto are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Uji, Ise
Find places to stay Jun 25 — Jul 1:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Ise Shrine Geku ©
Ise Shrine Geku

1
night
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.
On the 1st (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodaiji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, walk around Nara Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Horyu-ji Temple, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Harukas 300 Observation Deck. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hōzen-ji Temple, then wander the streets of Dotonbori, and finally look for gifts at Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Osaka sightseeing planner.

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. July in Osaka sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Horyu-ji Temple
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Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do 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.
Popular historic sites such as Daishoin Temple and Itsukushima Shrine Torii are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Senjokaku and Kamiyacho. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Mikasahama Beach, & more) and Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street (in Miyajima). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and appreciate the history behind Peace Flame.

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

Take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Jul 2 — 5:
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Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii

3
nights
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
On the 6th (Mon), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tachudake and then enjoy the sand and surf at Isso Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): see the interesting displays at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tashiro Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Yakushima-cho online driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Hiroshima to Yakushima-cho in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of car and ferry. July in Yakushima-cho sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Outdoors Parks Tours
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 8:
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Isso Beach ©
Isso Beach

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