15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  10​h
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
3
Nagoya
— 1 night
4
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Sydney

4
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.
You've added Shibuya Crossing, Hachiko, Edo-Tokyo Museum, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, stroll around Ueno Park, take a stroll through Odaiba, and admire the natural beauty at Rikugien Garden.

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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 changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in May, with highs in Tokyo at 28°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Parks
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Universal Studios Japan. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Kyoto road trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Kyoto are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagoya.

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
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes SCMAGLEV and Railway Park. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Nagoya Castle, then examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and then examine the collection at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Nagoya trip itinerary app .

Take a train from Kyoto to Nagoya in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in May, expect nights in Nagoya to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are little chillier, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Historic Sites
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SCMAGLEV and Railway Park ©
SCMAGLEV and Railway Park
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

2
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
You've now added Wada House to your itinerary. Explore Takayama's surroundings by going to Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daio-ji Temple, examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, and take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Takayama holiday planning tool .

Drive from Nagoya to Takayama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Takayama, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Dog Heart from Aquamarine has been added to your itinerary. On the 23rd (Thu), make a trip to Tokyo Central Railway Station, then make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo DisneySea, and then have some family-friendly fun at Dog Heart from Aquamarine. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, then shop like a local with Ginza, and then have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Takayama to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

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