18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Gold Coast
Fly + train:  15​h 30​min
1
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
2
Himeji
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Kamakura
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Gold Coast

3
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.
Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kinkaku-ji and Gion. Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Todai-ji Temple in Nara, about 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market Shopping District, and look for gifts at Nene Kimono.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip builder site .

Canberra, Australia to Kyoto is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Canberra, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

2
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Himeji Castle Daitenshu no Shachigawara (Replica), steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, then contemplate the long history of Himeji Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagoyama Reien Busharito, and finally steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Shimmaiko Beach, stroll around Kunimi no Mori Park, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, then make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally look for gifts at Yamasa Kamaboko Yumesenkan.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Himeji online trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Himeji, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Spas

Side Trips

Kunimi no Mori Park, Shimmaiko Beach, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nishi no Maru ©
Nishi no Maru
Nagoyama Reien Busharito ©
Nagoyama Reien Busharito

2
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.
On the 11th (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then make a trip to Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, then take a stroll through Dotonbori, and finally look for gifts at Jikko Japanese Knife Shop Namba Skyo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, and finally shop like a local with Minami (Namba).

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Getting from Himeji to Osaka by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Himeji in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Osaka: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nara
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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.
On the 13th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, head off the coast to Miyajima, and then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima holiday planning tool .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kamakura.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

2
nights
Kamakura

Kamakura ©
The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): make a trip to Kōtoku-in, then steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Odawara Castle, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then stop by Samuraikibun Kamakura, and finally contemplate the long history of Kencho-ji Temple.

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

Getting from Hiroshima to Kamakura by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. When traveling from Hiroshima in May, plan for little chillier days in Kamakura, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites Spas Baths

Side Trips

Odawara Castle, Spas
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Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Senso-ji Temple and Odaiba. Do your shopping at Ginza and Takeshita Street. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, shop like a local with Asakusa, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo day trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Kamakura to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Kamakura, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 19°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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