15 days in Kyoto, Hiroshima & Fukuoka Itinerary

15 days in Kyoto, Hiroshima & Fukuoka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Fukuoka
— 5 nights
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Kyoto

— 5 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Tofuku-ji Temple. Your inner history buff will appreciate Nijo Castle and Toji. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and don't miss a visit to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary planning site.

Sydney, Australia to Kyoto is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in August, expect Kyoto to be much warmer, temps between 39°C and 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 10 — 15:

Hiroshima

— 4 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Daishoin Temple and Mitaki Temple. Senjokaku and Atomic Bomb Dome will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Seishin Tsurui, Araebisu Shrine, &more) and Kure (Kure City Art Museum, JMSDF Kure Museum, &more). There's much more to do: make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tamon-in Shoro, and get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima attractions planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 19:

Fukuoka

— 5 nights

City of Yatai

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.
Get some cultural insight at Yoshinogari Historical Park and Yutoku Inari Shrine. Step off the beaten path and head to Miyajidake Shrine and Kushida Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Munakata Shrine (in Munakata), Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History & Human History (in Kitakyushu) and Sakurai Futamigaura (in Itoshima). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nanzoin, take an in-depth tour of Hakata History Museum, and admire the striking features of Hakata Station.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Fukuoka driving holiday planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Fukuoka by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August in Fukuoka, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Classes

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 19 — 24: