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
train:  3​h
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
3
Nagoya
— 1 day
4
Takayama
— 3 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 The Tsukiji Market, Edo-Tokyo Museum, Shibuya Crossing, and other attractions to your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, have some family-friendly fun at Samurai Armor Photo Studio, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings Observatories.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. In May, Tokyo is a bit warmer than Sydney - with highs of 28°C and lows of 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 Shopping
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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. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto online travel route builder .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough 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
day
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, then examine the collection at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagoya sightseeing website .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kyoto in May: highs in Nagoya hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) 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

3
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Takayama: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, examine the collection at Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), admire the masterpieces at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daiouji Temple.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Takayama vacation builder website .

Traveling by car from Nagoya to Takayama takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
The Tsukiji Market 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 don't miss a visit to The Tsukiji Market. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, 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 Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
The Tsukiji Market ©
The Tsukiji Market
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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