15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  13​h
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
train:  3​h
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
4
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
5
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Brisbane

1
night
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.
To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Brisbane to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Brisbane in November, with highs in Tokyo at 19°C and lows at 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, admire the striking features of Kyutei Omuro, and make a trip to Arashiyama.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. November in Kyoto sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Sun) before leaving for Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Dotonbori has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then take a stroll through Dotonbori. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan and then take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory.

Start your trip to Osaka by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In December in Osaka, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

2
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): get great views at Hakone Ropeway, stop by Owakudani Kurotamago Kan, and then don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, then stroll through Hakone Stone‐paved Road, and then explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Hakone-machi trip planner .

Take a train from Osaka to Hakone-machi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Osaka, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 8°C to lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Owaku-dani Valley ©
Owaku-dani Valley

5
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tokyo Disneyland. See some other sides of Tokyo: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo route planner .

Traveling by train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 14°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums 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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