15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— 4 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
2
Tokushima
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 30​min
3
Osaka
— Few hours
train:  1​h 15​min
4
Wakayama
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
6
Nagoya
— Few hours
train:  2​h 15​min
7
Tokyo
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
8
Yokohama
— 1 day
train:  1​h 15​min
9
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Sydney

4
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.
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA and Nara National Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Nara Park and Osaka Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Osaka, make a side trip to see Kawasaki Good Times World in Kobe, approximately 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Dotonbori, examine the collection at Mizuno Sportology Gallery, and admire the masterpieces at Koji Kinutani Tenku Art Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Osaka route site .

Sydney, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in March; daily highs in Osaka reach 16°C and lows reach 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tokushima.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Nara, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, Kawasaki Good Times World
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA ©
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
night
Tokushima

Tokushima ©
Seemingly floating between the Inland Sea and surrounding mountains, Tokushima serves as the capital city of its prefecture.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Otsuka Museum of Art, then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Bizan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kirihataji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumadaniji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Anraku-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tairyuji Temple.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokushima trip planning tool .

Drive from Osaka to Tokushima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Osaka in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Tokushima, with lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokushima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Awa, Anraku-ji Temple, Tairyuji Temple, Otsuka Museum of Art
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Otsuka Museum of Art ©
Otsuka Museum of Art
Tairyuji Temple ©
Tairyuji Temple
Mount Bizan ©
Mount Bizan

few
hours
Osaka

Osaka
To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip builder tool .

Getting from Tokushima to Osaka by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Tokushima in March, expect slightly colder with lows of 5°C in Osaka. You'll set off for Wakayama on the 31st (Tue).

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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3
nights
Wakayama

Wakayama ©
Split into two parts by the Kinokawa River, the city of Wakayama stands nestled in the eponymous plain, overlooked by a historic hilltop castle that was rebuilt after World War II.
On the 31st (Tue), explore the ancient world of Kii Fudoki No Oka Museum of Archaeology and Folklore, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kimiidera Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yakushiin Zenrinji Temple, and finally take a stroll through Yuasa Important Traditional Building Preservation Area. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Wakayama Castle, then wander the streets of Rinku Town, and then get some fabulous bargains at Rinku Premium Outlets.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Wakayama trip builder website .

Getting from Osaka to Wakayama by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March in Wakayama, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Wakayama

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Izumisano, Yakushiin Zenrinji Temple, Yuasa Important Traditional Building Preservation Area
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Kimiidera Temple ©
Kimiidera Temple
Wakayama Castle ©
Wakayama Castle

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): shop like a local with Nishiki Market, examine the collection at Kyoto Railway Museum, then look for gifts at Fuuka-Kimono, and finally explore the activities along Kamogawa River. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then take some stellar pictures from Mt. Kurama, and then don't miss a visit to Gion.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto journey planning website .

Take a train from Wakayama to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Nature Parks Neighborhoods
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Gion
Gion
Kyoto Railway Museum ©
Kyoto Railway Museum

few
hours
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): wander the streets of Sakae, then explore the activities along Yamazaki River, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Nagoya travel planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in April, expect nights in Nagoya to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagoya

Wildlife Nature Parks
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Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Sakae
Sakae
Yamazaki River ©
Yamazaki River

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, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip site .

You can take a train from Nagoya to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Nagoya in April, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 22°C. You'll set off for Yokohama on the 5th (Sun).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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1
day
Yokohama

Yokohama ©
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): savor the flavors at Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory, wander the streets of Yokohama Chinatown, examine the collection at Japan Coast Guard Museum Yokohama, then see the interesting displays at Cupnoodles Museum Yokohama, and finally take a stroll through Minato Mirai 21.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Yokohama travel route planner .

You can drive from Tokyo to Yokohama in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yokohama

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
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Minato Mirai 21 ©
Minato Mirai 21
Cupnoodles Museum Yokohama ©
Cupnoodles Museum Yokohama
Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory ©
Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, then kick back and relax at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), and finally explore the activities along Meguro River.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tokyo travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Yokohama to Tokyo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites Beaches
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
National Museum of Nature and Science ©

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