19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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19 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  18​h
1
Osaka
— 9 nights
train:  1​h
2
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  1​h
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
4
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Sydney

9
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've now added Osaka Station City to your itinerary. Head to Dotonbori and Hankyu Umeda Hontenfor some retail therapy. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Toshodai-ji Temple and Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine. Go for a jaunt from Osaka to Ikeda to see CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle and stop by Tower Knives Osaka.

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Sydney, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in December; daily highs in Osaka reach 13°C and lows reach 4°C. On the 4th (Sat), you're off toHimeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Toshodai-ji Temple, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
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Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
night
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.
On the 5th (Sun), examine the collection at Japan Toy Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then stop by Yamasa Kamaboko Yumesenkan, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

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Getting from Osaka to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Himeji are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Spas Baths
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Japan Toy Museum ©
Japan Toy Museum

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and Ninna-ji Temple. Do your shopping at Nishiki Market Shopping District and Ippodo Tea Kyoto. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, make a trip to Gion, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Enkō-ji Temple.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Ninna-ji Temple ©
Ninna-ji Temple

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): wander the streets of Takeshita Street, then look for gifts at Ginza Itoya Hontren, then take a stroll through Ginza, and finally wander the streets of Ueno. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine and then wander the streets of Odaiba.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Ueno ©
Ueno
Yanaka ©
Yanaka
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

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