19 days in Japan & Sydney Itinerary

19 days in Japan & Sydney Itinerary

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19 days in Japan & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly:  8​h 30​min
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Sydney, Australia
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  13​h
2
Tajiri-cho, Japan
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
3
Nara, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Iga, Japan
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
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Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
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Sekigahara-cho, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Miyazu, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Tottori, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Sayo-cho, Japan
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Tsuyama, Japan
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
Niimi, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
12
Matsue, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
13
Izumo, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
14
Kitahiroshima-cho, Japan
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
15
Tsuwano-cho, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
16
Hagi, Japan
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
17
Shimonoseki, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
18
Hatsukaichi, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
19
Hiroshima, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
20
Himeji, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
21
Tajiri-cho, Japan
— Few hours
Drive + Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Brisbane, Australia

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Sydney, Australia

Sydney
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip builder .

Brisbane to Sydney is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Sydney are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Tajiri-cho.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Tajiri-cho, Japan

Tajiri-cho
To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tajiri-cho visit planner .

Explore your travel options from Sydney to Tajiri-cho with the Route module. Traveling from Sydney to Tajiri-cho, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In November, Tajiri-cho is slightly colder than Sydney - with highs of 19°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Nara.

Things to do in Tajiri-cho

Tours Parks Shopping
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Nara, Japan

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kasuga Grand Shrine, Gango-ji Temple, Yoshikien, and other attractions you added.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Nara itinerary planning site .

Getting from Tajiri-cho to Nara by car takes about 1.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Iga.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Yoshikien ©
Yoshikien
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park

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Iga, Japan

Iga
You've now added Sairenji Temple to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sairenji Temple.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Iga trip planner .

Drive from Nara to Iga in an hour. In November, daytime highs in Iga are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Iga

Historic Sites
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Kyoto, Japan

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.
You've added Nanzen-ji Temple, Kyoto Samurai Experience, Philosopher's Walk, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, pick up some new knowledge with Ninja Dojo and Store, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shunko-in Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, then don't miss a visit to Hachidai Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto tour itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Iga to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Kyoto are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Sekigahara-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Classes Parks
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Gion
Gion

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Sekigahara-cho, Japan

Sekigahara-cho ©
You've added Funamachi Port & Sumiyoshi Lighthouse Historical Place, Ogaki Castle, Sekigahara Town History & Folklore Museum, and other attractions to your itinerary. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Goma no Sato, get your game on at Sekigahara War Land, then walk around Inabe Nogyokoen, then appreciate the history behind Funamachi Port & Sumiyoshi Lighthouse Historical Place, and finally step into the grandiose world of Ogaki Castle.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Sekigahara-cho travel planning tool .

Drive from Kyoto to Sekigahara-cho in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Kyoto in November, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sekigahara-cho: temperatures range from 16°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Miyazu.

Things to do in Sekigahara-cho

Fun & Games Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Ogaki, Inabe Nogyokoen
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Highlights from your plan
Sekigahara War Land ©
Sekigahara War Land
Ogaki Castle ©
Ogaki Castle

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Miyazu, Japan

Miyazu ©
Though home to one of Japan's long-admired "three views," few people know Miyazu by name.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Takeda Castle Ruins as well as Amanohashidate. On the 9th (Sat), take in the pleasant sights at Amanohashidate and then contemplate the long history of Takeda Castle Ruins.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Miyazu trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sekigahara-cho to Miyazu takes 3 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 10°C. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Tottori.

Things to do in Miyazu

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Takeda Castle Ruins
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Highlights from your plan
Amanohashidate ©
Amanohashidate
Takeda Castle Ruins ©
Takeda Castle Ruins

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Tottori, Japan

Tottori ©
A highlight of the west of the country, Tottori sits along the coast of the Sea of Japan.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): examine the collection at Tottori Karo Kanikkokan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakuto Shrine, explore the striking landscape at Tottori Sand Dunes, then get curious at Tottori Sand Dune Geopark Center, then explore the galleries of The Sand Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Tottori Castle Ruins.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tottori road trip tool .

Getting from Miyazu to Tottori by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In November in Tottori, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Sayo-cho.

Things to do in Tottori

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Highlights from your plan
The Sand Museum ©
The Sand Museum
Tottori Sand Dunes ©
Tottori Sand Dunes
Tottori Karo Kanikkokan ©
Tottori Karo Kanikkokan

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Sayo-cho, Japan

Sayo-cho
To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Sayo-cho trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Tottori to Sayo-cho takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Tottori in November, expect little chillier with lows of 7°C in Sayo-cho. On the 10th (Sun), you're off toTsuyama.

Things to do in Sayo-cho

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Tsuyama, Japan

Tsuyama
Tsuyama is a city in Okayama Prefecture, Japan., the city had an estimated population of 102,294 and a population density of 200 persons per km². To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tsuyama trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Sayo-cho to Tsuyama in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in November, and nighttime lows around 7°C. On the 10th (Sun), you'll travel to Niimi.

Things to do in Tsuyama

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Niimi, Japan

Niimi ©
Niimi is a city located in northwestern Okayama Prefecture, Japan.As of March 31, 2017, the city has an estimated population of 30,583 (14,628 males, 15,955 females), with 12,857 households and a population density of 39 persons per km². On the 10th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Bitchu Matsuyama Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Raikyuji Temple, then contemplate the long history of Historical Katsuyama Town Conservation Area, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamochiji Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): take some stellar pictures from Ikurado, contemplate the long history of Hirokane Residence, then contemplate the long history of Fukiya Furusato Village, then admire the verdant scenery at Taishaku Valley, and finally make a trip to Ombashi.

To find out how to plan a trip to Niimi, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Tsuyama to Niimi in 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Niimi are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Matsue.

Things to do in Niimi

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Takahashi, Shobara, Historical Katsuyama Town Conservation Area, Kamochiji Shrine
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 11:
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Bitchu Matsuyama Castle ©
Bitchu Matsuyama Castle
Fukiya Furusato Village ©
Fukiya Furusato Village
Hirokane Residence ©
Hirokane Residence

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Matsue, Japan

Matsue ©
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Matsue History Museum, Matsue Castle, Yaegaki Shrine, and other attractions you added. On the 12th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Yaegaki Shrine, get answers to all your questions at Matsue Tourist Information Center, take an in-depth tour of Matsue History Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Matsue Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Yuushien Garden, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Mihonoseki Light House.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Matsue day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Niimi to Matsue takes 2 hours. In November in Matsue, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Izumo.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Matsue Castle ©
Matsue Castle
Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine
Yuushien Garden ©
Yuushien Garden

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Izumo, Japan

Izumo ©
Nestled in the shadows of the Chugoku Mountains, historic Izumo boasts one of Japan's oldest Shinto shrines.
On the 13th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izumo Taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hinomisaki Shrine, visit a coastal fixture at Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Inochinushi no Yashiro, and finally get answers to all your questions at Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Izumo day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Matsue to Izumo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November in Izumo, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 9°C at night. On the 13th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kitahiroshima-cho.

Things to do in Izumo

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Izumo Taisha Shrine ©
Izumo Taisha Shrine
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo
Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse ©
Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse

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Kitahiroshima-cho, Japan

Kitahiroshima-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): get all the information you need at Michi-no-Eki Toyohira Dongurimura and then make a trip to Oasa Tengushide Gunraku.

Plan a trip to Kitahiroshima-cho easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Izumo to Kitahiroshima-cho takes 2.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tsuwano-cho.

Things to do in Kitahiroshima-cho

Shopping
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Highlights from your plan
Oasa Tengushide Gunraku ©
Oasa Tengushide Gunraku

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Tsuwano-cho, Japan

Tsuwano-cho
To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tsuwano-cho road trip planning site .

Drive from Kitahiroshima-cho to Tsuwano-cho in 2 hours. In November in Tsuwano-cho, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 11°C at night. You will leave for Hagi on the 14th (Thu).

Things to do in Tsuwano-cho

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Hagi, Japan

Hagi ©
A quiet castle town with a wealth of historic sites, Hagi draws visitors with its solid collection of traditional Japanese architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shoin Shrine, don't miss a visit to Shoka Village School, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokoji Temple, then make a trip to Hagi Reverberatory, then examine the collection at Hagi Hakubutsukan, and finally steep yourself in history at Shizuki Park (Hagi Castle).

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Hagi itinerary builder website .

Getting from Tsuwano-cho to Hagi by car takes about 1.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Shimonoseki.

Things to do in Hagi

Historic Sites Museums
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Highlights from your plan
Shoin Shrine ©
Shoin Shrine
Hagi Castle Town ©
Hagi Castle Town
Tokoji Temple ©
Tokoji Temple

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Shimonoseki, Japan

Shimonoseki ©
A bustling port town noted as the site of two major battles in Japan's history, Shimonoseki also attracts gourmands as the world capital of the potentially poisonous pufferfish, or fugu--prepared only by licensed chefs and considered a delicacy.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): wander the streets of Mojiko Retro, then enjoy breathtaking views from Mojiko Retro Tenbowsitsu, then don't miss a visit to Mojiko Station, and finally don't miss a visit to Ganryujima.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Shimonoseki trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Hagi to Shimonoseki in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, daily temperatures in Shimonoseki can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Shimonoseki

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kitakyushu
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 15:
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Mojiko Retro ©
Mojiko Retro
Karato market ©
Karato market
Mojiko Retro Tenbowsitsu ©
Mojiko Retro Tenbowsitsu

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Hatsukaichi, Japan

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Miyajima has been added to your itinerary. On the 16th (Sat), stop by Itsukushima Gekijyo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daishoin Temple, contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine Torii, contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Miyajima, and finally make a trip to Gojuno To.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hatsukaichi day trip planner .

Traveling by train from Shimonoseki to Hatsukaichi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daily temperatures in Hatsukaichi can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Highlights from your plan
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Miyajima ©
Miyajima

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Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then don't miss a visit to Okonomimura, then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and finally contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

For traveler tips and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip planner.

Hiroshima is just a short distance from Hatsukaichi. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kintaikyo Bridge
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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

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Himeji, Japan

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.
On the 18th (Mon), walk around Himeji Park, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then go for a walk through Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Otemae Street.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Himeji trip planner .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 19th (Tue), you're off toTajiri-cho.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites
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Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Himeji Park ©
Himeji Park

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Tajiri-cho, Japan

Tajiri-cho
To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tajiri-cho holiday planning app .

Getting from Himeji to Tajiri-cho by car takes about 2 hours. On the 19th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Tajiri-cho

Tours Parks Shopping
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