7 days in Japan Itinerary

7 days in Japan Itinerary

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7 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 1 night
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  30​min
4
Kobe
— Few hours
train:  1​h 15​min
5
Hiroshima
— 1 night
6
Fukuoka
— Few hours
train:  2​h
7
Nagasaki
— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, then admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou.

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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 difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 14°C and lows are around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Fun & Games
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
night
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.
On the 2nd (Thu), contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Kyoto are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Heian Shrine ©
Heian Shrine

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): shop like a local with Dotonbori and then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Osaka day trip planning app .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In January in Osaka, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

few
hours
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): gain insight at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kobe vacation maker site .

Kobe is just a stone's throw from Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.
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1
night
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 4th (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle and then make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kobe to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites
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Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Hiroshima Castle ©
Hiroshima Castle

few
hours
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
On the 4th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka trip planner .

Getting from Hiroshima to Fukuoka by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Museums
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Fukuoka Asian Art Museum ©
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum

2
nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sofukuji Temple, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki trip itinerary maker tool .

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Nagasaki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Nagasaki are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

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