17 days in Japan & Sydney Itinerary

17 days in Japan & Sydney Itinerary

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17 days in Japan & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 6 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kyoto, Japan
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
5
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly:  13 h 15 min
6
Sydney, Australia
— 1 day
End: Sydney, Australia

6
nights
Tokyo, Japan

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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Tokyo Sea Life Park, Robot Restaurant and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Edo-Tokyo Museum and National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Lake Kawaguchi in Fujikawaguchiko-machi--about 2 hours away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and take a stroll through Odaiba.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tokyo holiday builder.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in June; daily highs in Tokyo reach 30°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Lake Kawaguchi
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Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

1
night
Kyoto, Japan

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.
Nishiki Market Shopping District has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market Shopping District.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Monkey Park Iwatayama ©
Monkey Park Iwatayama
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the sky in a new way at Hiroshima Children's Museum, then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima day trip planning website.

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Hiroshima Children's Museum ©
Hiroshima Children's Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

3
nights
Osaka, Japan

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Osaka Free Walking Tour as well as Osaka Castle Park. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Himeji (Nishi no Maru, Himeji Castle, &more). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, wander the streets of Dotonbori, and make a trip to Tempozan Ferris Wheel.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Osaka day trip planning 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 June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Himeji
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

3
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Robot Restaurant as well as Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. Step out of Tokyo to go to Kamakura and see Kōtoku-in, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. See even more of Tokyo: make a trip to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, wander the streets of Asakusa, appreciate the history behind Hachiko, and get to know the fascinating history of Imperial Palace.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Urayasu, Kōtoku-in
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

1
day
Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): enjoy breathtaking views from Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, then take in the pleasant sights at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, then catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Sydney driving holiday planning website.

You can fly from Tokyo to Sydney in 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Japan Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) is 1 hour. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in July: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 21°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Nightlife Parks
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck ©
Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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