15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  9​h
1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
train:  3​h
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Sydney

6
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.
You've added Kamogawa Sea World, Tokyo Sea Life Park, Imperial Palace, and other attractions to your itinerary. Shop till you drop at Ginza and Asakusa. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Ikspiari (in Maihama), Yokohama Chinatown (in Naka) and Tokyo DisneySea (in Urayasu). Next up on the itinerary: get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, wander the streets of Harajuku Takeshita-dori, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and make a trip to Tokyo Tower.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Tokyo is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Sydney in July, expect Tokyo to be much hotter, temps between 36°C and 27°C. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Yokohama, Urayasu, Kamogawa Sea World
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

5
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.
Head to Dotonbori and Maiko Antiques Kyotofor plenty of shopping. Get some historical perspective at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, & more). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, admire the striking features of Jishu Shrine, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kyoto route planner .

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. July in Kyoto sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Fri) before leaving for Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Jishu Shrine
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mt. Misen. Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and finally examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Mikasahama Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daishoin Temple, steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Misen, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima online holiday maker .

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

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

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