15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Train:  13​h 30​min
1
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
2
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  5​h 15​min
3
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Yamanouchi-machi
— 2 nights
Taxi + Train:  2​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Sydney

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.
Get in touch with nature at Nara Park and Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course. Get a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Nigatsu-do Temple in Nara, about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, take a stroll through Gion, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

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Sydney, Australia to Kyoto is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Traveling from Sydney to Kyoto, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Sydney in February: high temperatures in Kyoto hover around 11°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nara
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Popular historic sites such as Miyajima and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Hiroshima Castle. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Itsukushima Shrine (in Hatsukaichi) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and get outside with Paddle Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. February in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

3
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mount Fuji and Narukawa Art Museum. Visiting Lake Kawaguchi and Momiji Tunnel will get you outdoors. Take a break from Fujikawaguchiko-machi with a short trip to The Hakone Open-Air Museum in Hakone-machi, about 1h 25 min away. Spend the 16th (Sun) exploring nature at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, refer to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip itinerary builder website .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Hiroshima in February, you will find days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi are slightly colder (5°C), and nights are about the same (2°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Mount Fuji
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Narukawa Art Museum ©
Narukawa Art Museum

2
nights
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): hit the slopes at Shigakogen Yakebitaiyama Ski Area and then hit the slopes at Ichinose Diamond Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Shigakogen Plateau, fly down the slopes at Shiga Kogen, then look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, then fly down the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, and finally hit the slopes at Kijimadaira Ski Resort.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Yamanouchi-machi day trip website .

Drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Yamanouchi-machi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in February, plan for a bit cooler nights in Yamanouchi-machi, with lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Kijimadaira Ski Resort
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Shiga Kogen ©
Shiga Kogen
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area ©
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area

3
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.
On the 19th (Wed), get to know the fascinating history of Fukagawa Edo Museum, then examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and finally explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, explore the world behind art at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, and then don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Yamanouchi-machi to Tokyo by combination of taxi and train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in February, with highs in Tokyo at 12°C and lows at 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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