11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  10 h 30 min
1
Osaka
— 6 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Nara
— Few hours
Train:  1 h
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h
4
Tokyo
— 1 day
Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Sydney

6
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Shitennoji Temple, Osaka Castle, Kuromon Market, and other attractions. Step off the beaten path and head to Mt. Koya and Koyasan Danjo Garan. There's still lots to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, get a taste of the local shopping with Minami (Namba), and admire the landmark architecture of Tsutenkaku.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Osaka online itinerary planner .

Sydney, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Sydney to Osaka, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in May, with highs in Osaka at 29°C and lows at 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Minoo Park
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Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

few
hours
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Nara trip planning website .

Nara is just a short distance from Osaka. Traveling from Osaka in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 22°C in Nara. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Okazaki Shrine, Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, Suntory Yamazaki Distillery, and other attractions you added. On the 1st (Sat), steep yourself in history at Kifune Shrine, take some stellar pictures from Mt. Kurama, then sample the fine beverages at Suntory Yamazaki Distillery, then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Gion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenryuji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, then don't miss a visit to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Okazaki Shrine.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kyoto day trip planning app .

You can drive from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and subway. Traveling from Nara in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Kyoto, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours

Side Trip

Suntory Yamazaki Distillery
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Tenryuji Temple ©
Tenryuji Temple

1
day
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.
To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tokyo online travel planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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