11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Toowoomba
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
4
Kanazawa
— Few hours
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Toowoomba

1
night
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, then admire the natural beauty at Kokoen Garden, and then steep yourself in history at Himeji Castle.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Himeji trip generator.

Toowoomba, Australia to Himeji is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toowoomba to Himeji. While traveling from Toowoomba, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Himeji, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

2
nights
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 3rd (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, then make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and finally examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima travel planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In April in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

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

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.
Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, about 1:15 hours away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera, make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, and wander the streets of Gion.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto vacation trip planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and flight. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Universal Studios Japan
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

few
hours
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Higashichaya Old Town, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle Park, and then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Kyoto in April since evenings lows in Kanazawa dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle

3
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.
Have a day of magic on the 9th (Sun) at Tokyo Disneyland. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, and shop like a local with Tsukiji Market.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo itinerary maker.

Getting from Kanazawa to Tokyo by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in April, Tokyo is a bit warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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