12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
train:  3​h
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Sydney

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): wander the streets of Ginza, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, then explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and finally wander the streets of Akihabara.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Tokyo route planner.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. October in Tokyo sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Ginza ©
Ginza

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.
Get some cultural insight at Gion and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Let the collections at Kyoto National Museum and Kyoto International Manga Museum capture your imagination. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and see the interesting displays at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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.
You've now added Street Kart Osaka to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): browse the exhibits of Hankyu Umeda Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): wander the streets of Minami (Namba), wander the streets of Dotonbori, then see the top attractions with Street Kart Osaka, and finally examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka holiday planner.

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You've now added Irabu-jima Island to your itinerary. Relax by the water at Yonaha Maehama Beach and Sunayama Beach. Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Yukishio Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and browse the fresh offerings at Wide Market.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima tour itinerary maker .

You can fly from Osaka to Miyakojima in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and flight. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Osaka in October: high temperatures in Miyakojima hover around 33°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

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