18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sydney
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Nagano
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: Sydney

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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Tokyo Disneyland. Step off the beaten path and head to Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) and Kencho-ji Temple. Ueno District and Odaiba District are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura, approximately Kamakura away.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo visit planning site.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Tokyo. Traveling from Sydney in September, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 24°C. On the 27th (Sun), you're off to Nagano.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kamakura, Tokyo Disneyland
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)

2
nights
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
On the 28th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saiho-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple, then witness the site of a historic battle at Old Battlefield of Kawanakajima, then steep yourself in history at Matsushiro, and finally contemplate the long history of Sanada House. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Mizuno Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Jinja Hokosha, then take an in-depth tour of Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ganshoin Temple.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagano day trip app.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Nagano in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in September: high temperatures in Nagano hover around 28°C and lows are around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Ganshoin Temple
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Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Togakushi Jinja Hokosha ©
Togakushi Jinja Hokosha
Matsushiro ©
Matsushiro

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle. Your inner history buff will appreciate Koyasan Okunoin and Tofuku-ji Temple. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Ise (Ise Shrine Geku & Sengukan), Nara (Toshodai-ji Temple, Nigatsu-do Temple, &more) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eikando Zenrinji Temple and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nanzen-ji Temple.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Nagano to Kyoto by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, subway, and flight. When traveling from Nagano in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Nara, Ise, Koyasan Okunoin, Dotombori District
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mazda Museum and Itsukushima Shrine Torii. Popular historic sites such as Itsukushima Shrine and Senjokaku are in your itinerary. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure), Hatsukaichi (Mikasahama Beach, Miyajima, &more) and Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street (in Miyajima). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, buy something for everyone on your list at Asse, pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, JMSDF Kure Museum, Mazda Museum
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Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum

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