11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  13 h 15 min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  4 h 30 min
3
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 30 min
4
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Sydney

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Kiyomizu-dera Temple (in Higashiyama), Kyoto (Kinkaku-ji & Gion) and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (in Fushimi). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, shop like a local with Dotonbori, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Osaka route planner .

Sydney, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Osaka due to the time zone difference. In September, Osaka is somewhat warmer than Sydney - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kyoto
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 28:
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 29th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and then head off the coast to Miyajima. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, steep yourself in history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and finally admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip planner .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Miyajima
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 1st (Tue), stroll through Gongenmori Beach, make a trip to Omicho Market, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Kanazawa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Gongenmori Beach
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

4
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.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 2nd (Wed) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's lots more to do: ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, make a trip to Tokyo Tower, get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, and examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For where to stay and tourist information, read Tokyo attractions planner .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Tokyo are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. On the 5th (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

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