15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Sapporo
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Hiroshima
— 1 day
train:  2​h
6
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Brisbane

4
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Escape the urban bustle at Niseko Outdoor Center and Niseko Hanazono Resort. Get a sense of the local culture at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura) and Sapporo Beer Museum. Explore Sapporo's surroundings by going to Mishima's Shibazakura Garden (in Kutchan-cho) and Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area (in Niseko-cho). The adventure continues: get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Pedestrian Space, examine the collection at Miyabe Kingo Memorial Building, steep yourself in history at Clock Tower (Tokei-dai), and ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Sapporo trip planner .

Brisbane, Australia to Sapporo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Brisbane to Sapporo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Brisbane in January: high temperatures in Sapporo hover around -3°C and lows are around -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Niseko-cho, Kutchan-cho
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Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort
Sapporo Beer Museum ©
Sapporo Beer Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Enoshima Island and then examine the collection at Samurai Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takao and then wander the streets of Ginza.

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

You can fly from Sapporo to Tokyo in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Sapporo in January: highs in Tokyo hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Enoshima Island, Mt. Takao
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Mt. Takao ©
Mt. Takao
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Samurai Museum ©
Samurai Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Hakone Shrine Homotsuden. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pola Museum of Art, then get some fabulous bargains at Gotemba Premium Outlets, then admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and finally stop by Suzuhiro Kamaboko Honten.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hakone-machi online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in January, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around 3°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Suzuhiro Kamaboko Honten, Fujinomiya Route, Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, Gotemba Premium Outlets
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Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): explore the activities along Kamogawa River, see the interesting displays at Kyoto Railway Museum, and then take some stellar pictures from Mt. Kurama.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kyoto vacation app .

Take a train from Hakone-machi to Kyoto in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Hakone-machi in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 10°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Nature Parks Museums
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Kamogawa River ©
Kamogawa River
Kyoto Railway Museum ©
Kyoto Railway Museum
Mt. Kurama ©
Mt. Kurama

1
day
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 14th (Tue), examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and then steep yourself in history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima travel route builder tool .

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): see the interesting displays at CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, then examine the collection at Mint Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and finally take a stroll through Dotonbori. On the next day, have fun and explore at Kids Plaza Osaka, then stroll around Nara Park, and then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka trip itinerary maker app .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Nara, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
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CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA ©
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple

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