24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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24 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + train:  19​h 30​min
1
Himeji
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Kyoto
— 7 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Tokyo
— 7 nights
train + taxi:  2​h 30​min
5
Yamanouchi-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Fuji National Park
— Few hours
Drive + Fly:  24​h
End: Sydney

3
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.
On your second day here, make a trip to Otemae Street, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kokoen Garden, and finally make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Himeji trip itinerary maker.

Sydney, Australia to Himeji is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Himeji is minus 1 hour. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Sydney in January: high temperatures in Himeji hover around 10°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park
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Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park ©
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden

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.
Get some historical perspective at Miyajima and Hiroshima Castle. Get some cultural insight at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Hiroshima Museum of Art. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Mount Misen & Itsukushima Shrine). It doesn't end there: make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima travel itinerary creator.

Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and ferry. January in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

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

7
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nijo Castle and Sanjusangendo Temple. Visiting Nara Park and Philosopher's Walk will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Osaka (Dotonbori, Osaka Castle, & more) and Tōdai-ji (in Nara). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera, admire the masterpieces at Kyoto National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari Taisha, and get outside with Arashiyama.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and train. In January in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

7
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Sensō-ji and Kōtoku-in. Get some cultural insight at Imperial Palace and Tokyo National Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Kamakura (Hase-dera & Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine), Ghibli Museum (in Mitaka) and Yokohama Chinatown (in Yokohama). Have a day of magic on the 12th (Mon) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and wander the streets of Akihabara.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. February in Tokyo sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Kamakura, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Tokyo Disneyland, Yokohama Chinatown
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

2
nights
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Shojuan and then hit the slopes at Kijimadaira Ski Resort.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Yamanouchi-machi holiday planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Yamanouchi-machi by combination of train and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Tokyo in February, expect Yamanouchi-machi to be little chillier, temps between 5°C and -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Fuji National Park.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Shojuan, Kijimadaira Ski Resort
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Shojuan ©
Shojuan

few
hours
Fuji National Park

Fuji National Park ©
Featuring the highest mountain peak in the country, Fuji National Park has long been a place of pilgrimage and poetry, with the active stratovolcano central to Japanese identity, history, and art.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Fuji.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Fuji National Park itinerary planner.

Getting from Yamanouchi-machi to Fuji National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fuji National Park

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Mount Fuji
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji

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