16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  15 h
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Hiroshima
— 1 day
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
4
Nara
— 1 day
Train:  45 min
5
Osaka
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
6
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
7
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Train + Fly:  14 h
End: Melbourne

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.
On the 4th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle and then enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory.

For reviews, maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Osaka, with lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Kuchu Teien Observatory ©
Kuchu Teien Observatory

1
day
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima road trip planning site .

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. October in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cat Cafe Nyantsume. On the 6th (Tue), have some family-friendly fun at Cat Cafe Nyantsume and then have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe.

To find photos, traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip itinerary website .

Getting from Hiroshima to Osaka by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Fun & Games
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Cat Cafe Nyantsume ©
Cat Cafe Nyantsume

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Nara trip itinerary maker.

Take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Nara are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

1
night
Osaka

Osaka
To see where to stay, traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, go to the Osaka online holiday maker .

Traveling by train from Nara to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Osaka when traveling from Nara in October, with lows around 17°C. On the 8th (Thu), you'll travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Gion, then don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

To see photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planner.

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Hakone-machi (The Hakone Open-Air Museum & Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)), Odawara Kokian (in Odawara) and Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Tokyo using our trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kamakura, Hakone-machi, Tokyo Disneyland, Lake Kawaguchi, Odawara Kokian
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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