25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

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25 days in Japan Itinerary

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

4
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.
Head to Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Streetfor some retail therapy. Visit Koyasan Okunoin and Todai-ji Temple for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Koya-cho (Kadohama Gomatofu Sohompo, Ichijo-in Temple, & more), Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine & Nara Park) and Chinatown (Nankinmachi) (in Chuo). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senko-ji Temple, get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, and wander the streets of Minami (Namba).

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Osaka itinerary maker app .

Sydney, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in September; daily highs in Osaka reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Nara, Kobe
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple

7
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Itsukushima Shrine and Itsukushima Shrine Torii. Escape the urban bustle at Mt. Misen and Miyajima. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Mashike Itsukushima Shrine (in Mashike-cho), Hatsukaichi (Misen Wild Woods, Daishoin Temple, & more) and Oda (Onsen Resorts, Omori Town Exchange Center, & more). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and stroll through Mochiishi Seacoast.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima day trip planning app .

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In September in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Oda, Masuda, Mashikeitsukushima Shrine
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Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku

6
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 a sense of the local culture at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Kinkaku-ji. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tofuku-ji Temple and Onitakeinari Shrine. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market, and take in nature's colorful creations at Nanzen-ji Temple.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip site .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours

Side Trip

Onitakeinari Shrine
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

5
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.
Head to Ginza and Takeshita Streetfor some retail therapy. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pola Museum of Art and Stockplus. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi) and Minato Mirai 21 (in Yokohama). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo holiday planning app .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Tokyo are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Minato Mirai 21
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Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Minato Mirai 21 ©
Minato Mirai 21
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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