27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

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27 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 7 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Tokyo
— 15 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Adelaide

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and then take a stroll through Dotonbori. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Ashiya Comprehensive Park Ashiya Beach, take a stroll through Chinatown (Nankinmachi), and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tōdai-ji.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary maker.

Adelaide, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Traveling from Adelaide in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Osaka, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nara, Ashiya Comprehensive Park Ashiya Beach, Chinatown (Nankinmachi)
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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.
Popular historic sites such as Nijo Castle and Sanjusangendo Temple are in your itinerary. Head to Kyoto Station Building and 烏丸器や Karasuma Utsuwaya Cafe&Galleryfor some retail therapy. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari Taisha, get outside with Arashiyama, tour the pleasant surroundings at Philosopher's Walk, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkaku-ji Temple.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto travel planner.

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

15
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 some historical perspective at Tokyo National Museum and Imperial Palace. Head to Tsukiji Market and Ginzafor some retail therapy. Venture out of the city with trips to Mt. Takao (in Hachioji), Mt. Mitake (in Ome) and Enoshima Island (in Fujisawa). Have a day of magic on the 5th (Sun) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's still lots to do: stroll through Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), wander the streets of Odaiba, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo online itinerary creator.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kyoto in October since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 21°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Urayasu, Yokohama Chinatown, Mt. Takao, Mt. Mitake
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Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

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