25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

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25 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Hiroshima
— 5 nights
train:  2​h
4
Osaka
— 8 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Sydney

6
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 out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama), Odawara Kokian (in Odawara) and The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland, and get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo online attractions planner .

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Tokyo. Traveling from Sydney in August, things will get much warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Urayasu, Odawara Kokian, The Hakone Open-Air Museum
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Suntory Kyoto Brewery (in Nagaokakyo) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market Shopping District, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kyoto route planning site .

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Todai-ji Temple, Suntory Kyoto Brewery
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

5
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Itsukushima Shrine, & more), Ohara Museum of Art (in Kurashiki) and Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, and steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip planner .

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kintaikyo Bridge, Ohara Museum of Art, Okayama Korakuen Garden
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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

8
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Suma Beach (in Suma), Catholic Kobe Chuo Church (in Chuo) and Nara (Nigatsu-do Temple, Nara Park, & more). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, stroll the grounds of Koyasan Okunoin, and make a trip to Himeji Castle.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Osaka driving holiday website .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Himeji, Koya-cho, Kobe
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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