16 days in Japan

16 days in Japan

May 10, 2023  -  May 25, 2023
Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
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Osaka
— 6 nights
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Tokyo — 2 nights

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.
On the 11th (Thu), browse the different shops at Sunshine City Alpa.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo day trip app.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In May, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Sydney - with highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C. On the 13th (Sat), you'll travel to Kyoto.
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Highlights from your trip

Kyoto — 3 nights

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, make a trip to Nijo Castle, and wander the streets of Gion.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Kyoto travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Osaka.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Side Trip
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Osaka — 6 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple 5 Stories Pagoda, Kofuku-ji Temple, &more), Himeji (Tenku no Shirasagi, Himeji Castle, &more) and Koya-cho (Torodo Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, &more). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory, and make a trip to Kuromon Market.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Osaka trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Osaka are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Tokyo.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods
Side Trips
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Tokyo — 3 nights

See some other sides of Tokyo: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, wander the streets of Odaiba District, and admire the masterpieces at Suntory Museum of Art.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. You'll set off for home on the 25th (Thu).
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Neighborhoods · Museums
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Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.
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