15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Ise
— 1 night
train + Fly:  6​h 30​min
5
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
6
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Sydney

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ghibli Museum Mitaka and Minato Mirai 21. Museum-lovers will get to explore Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, take a stroll through Odaiba, get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza, and see the interesting displays at Samurai Museum.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tokyo holiday website .

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect Tokyo to be much colder, temps between 11°C and 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Minato Mirai 21
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Minato Mirai 21 ©
Minato Mirai 21
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Tofuku-ji Temple and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. Get a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Osaka (Dotonbori & Osaka Castle). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take a stroll through Gion, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka
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Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

1
night
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirou Shrine, take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, and finally make a trip to Daimonzaka.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Nachikatsura-cho trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nachikatsura-cho, with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Seigantoji Temple ©
Seigantoji Temple
Hirou Shrine ©
Hirou Shrine

1
night
Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Sengukan, then steep yourself in history at Oharai-machi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Shrine Geku.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Ise trip planner .

Drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Ise in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Museums
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Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Ise Shrine Geku ©
Ise Shrine Geku
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine

2
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, and then stroll through Yonehara Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, and then kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki online road trip planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Ise to Ishigaki in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight. When traveling from Ise in January, plan for much hotter days in Ishigaki, with highs around 24°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

4
nights
Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Explore hidden gems such as Sunayama Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Get in touch with nature at Toguchi no Hama and Aragusuku Beach. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, step off the mainland to explore Shimojiiima Island, and kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Miyakojima trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Ishigaki to Miyakojima by flight takes about 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

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