15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Tokyo — 5 nights

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Toshimaen Niwa no yu, Ueno Zoo, Tokyo Disneyland, and other attractions. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Sky Garden in Minatomirai, about 38 minutes away. There's more to do: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower and don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip builder site.

Cairns, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Cairns in December, things will get colder in Tokyo: highs are around 14°C and lows about 4°C. On the 13th (Tue), you'll travel to Osaka.
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Theme Parks · Parks · Fun & Games · Neighborhoods
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Osaka — 4 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tempozan Ferris Wheel and Mint Museum. Take a break from Osaka with a short trip to Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda in Ikeda, about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, admire the landmark architecture of Umeda Sky Building, walk around Nakanoshima Park, and contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Osaka sightseeing planner.

Fly from Tokyo to Osaka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. You will leave for Kyoto on the 17th (Sat).
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Kyoto — 4 nights

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Kurama Onsen, Calligraphy Kyoto, Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and other attractions. Explore hidden gems such as Kyoto Gyoen National Garden and Chion-in Temple. There's lots more to do: learn something new at Ninja Dojo and Store, contemplate the long history of Genkoan, make a trip to Yasakanoto, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary website.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.
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