14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

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14 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h
5
Matsue
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  15 h
End: Sydney

2
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo Central Railway Station. Tokyo National Museum and Imperial Palace will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Odaiba, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

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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. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In September, Tokyo is a bit warmer than Sydney - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

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

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory and Oyama Shrine. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple and Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Maruoka Castle (in Sakai), Nanto (Suganuma Gassho Community & Ainokura Gassho Community) and Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, & more). There's more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa online itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Nanto, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Maruoka Castle
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Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Oyama Shrine ©
Oyama Shrine

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tofuku-ji Temple and Toji. Popular historic sites such as Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu-dera Temple are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, wander the streets of Gion, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Kyoto online journey maker .

Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In September, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

1
night
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, and finally make a trip to Daimonzaka.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Nachikatsura-cho day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Kyoto in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 27°C in Nachikatsura-cho. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Matsue.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Seigantoji Temple ©
Seigantoji Temple
Hirou Shrine ©
Hirou Shrine

1
night
Matsue

Matsue ©
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaegaki Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamosu Shrine, explore the world behind art at Adachi Museum of Art, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iya Shrine, and finally step into the grandiose world of Matsue Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Izumo Taisha Shrine, then take an in-depth tour of Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, then steep yourself in history at Former Taisha Station, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tamatsukuriyu Shrine.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Matsue visit planning site .

Traveling by car from Nachikatsura-cho to Matsue takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, flight, and taxi; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in September since evenings lows in Matsue dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Izumo, Adachi Museum of Art
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Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine
Former Taisha Station ©
Former Taisha Station
Kamosu Shrine ©
Kamosu Shrine

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