15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Nagasaki
— 2 nights
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
5
Nara
— 1 night
train:  45​min
6
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  6​h 30​min
7
Teshikaga-cho
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  25​h
End: Melbourne


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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): get your game on at Samurai Armor Photo Studio, then take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) Terminal No2 Observation Deck, then take a leisurely stroll along Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal, and finally take a stroll through Ueno. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo planning tool .

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Melbourne in December: highs in Tokyo hover around 14°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Tours Neighborhoods Fun & Games

Side Trip

Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal ©
Food Tours

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 4th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Glover Sky Road, take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, get engrossed in the history at 26 Martyrs Museum, then examine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Nakamachi Church. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Suwa Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Inasayama Observation Deck, see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Shipyard Museum, then stroll around Nagasaki Seaside Park, and finally explore the world behind art at Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Nagasaki trip itinerary planning site .

You can fly from Tokyo to Nagasaki in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. December in Nagasaki sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Inasayama Observation Deck ©
Inasayama Observation Deck
26 Martyrs Museum ©
26 Martyrs Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then steep yourself in history at Peace Flame, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, and finally examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima online trip planner .

Getting from Nagasaki to Hiroshima by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Itsukushima Shrine, JMSDF Kure Museum
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Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Peace Bell ©
Peace Bell

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanzen-in Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Enkō-ji Temple, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

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Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Sanzen-in Temple ©
Sanzen-in Temple

1
night
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Joruri Temple, identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, get engrossed in the history at Nara National Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Todai-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodaiji Temple.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Nara vacation maker tool .

Getting from Kyoto to Nara by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of subway and train. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Joruri Temple
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Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Nara National Museum
Nara National Museum

2
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sunset Owl Cafe and Hōzen-ji Temple. There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka sightseeing planning site .

Take a train from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Osaka sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Tours
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine

1
night
Teshikaga-cho

Teshikaga-cho ©
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): explore the activities along Lake Kussharo, enjoy breathtaking views from Lake Mashu First Observatory, then explore the activities along Lake Mashu, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Mashu Third Observatory.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Teshikaga-cho vacation planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Osaka to Teshikaga-cho takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Osaka in December, expect Teshikaga-cho to be slightly colder, temps between 0°C and -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks Nature
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Lake Kussharo ©
Lake Kussharo
Lake Mashu ©
Lake Mashu
Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory ©
Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory

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