18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

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


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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.
Tokyo Disneyland has been added to your itinerary. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kencho-ji Temple and Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple). Discover out-of-the-way places like Ueno and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. There's more to do: wander the streets of Odaiba.

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Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Sydney to Tokyo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in September; daily highs in Tokyo reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. You will leave for Nagano on the 27th (Sun).

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saiho-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenko-ji Temple, witness the site of a historic battle at Old Battlefield of Kawanakajima, then steep yourself in history at Matsushiro, and finally make a trip to Sanada House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection 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 contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Togakushi Shrine Okusha, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ganshoin Temple.

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Take a train from Tokyo to Nagano in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in September; daily highs in Nagano reach 28°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can take a 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
Zenko-ji Temple ©
Zenko-ji Temple
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nanzen-ji Temple and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kinkaku-ji and Nijo Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Nara (Toshodaiji Temple, Nigatsu-do Temple, & more), Ise (Ise Shrine Geku & Sengukan) and Dotonbori (in Osaka). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shimogamo Jinja, explore the different monuments and memorials at Koyasan Okunoin, contemplate the long history of Tofuku-ji Temple, and don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

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Traveling by train from Nagano to Kyoto takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagano in September, you will find days in Kyoto are somewhat warmer (33°C), and nights are about the same (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, Dotonbori
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Ise Shrine Geku ©
Ise Shrine Geku
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Miyajima and Mikasahama Beach. For shopping fun, head to Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street or Asse. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, & more). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

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Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

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

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