15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
train:  4​h
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Nagoya
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, Shimokitazawa, Akihabara, and other attractions. Do some cultural sightseeing at Asakusa Shrine and Ueno. Get some historical perspective at Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) and Sensō-ji. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, steep yourself in history at Hie Jinjya, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Kokyo Gaien National Garden.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online vacation planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in October, Tokyo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 18°C. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Nightlife

Side Trip

Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)
Highlights from your plan
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hakone Kowakien Yunessun as well as Hakone Stone‐paved Road. On the 6th (Sun), explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then get engrossed in the history at Hakone Shrine Homotsuden, and finally make a splash at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi itinerary planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Hakone-machi by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 17°C. On the 7th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Baths Spas
Highlights from your plan
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air 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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tofuku-ji Temple and Nara National Museum. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Nara to see Nara Park about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and take a stroll through Gion.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto road trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Hakone-machi to Kyoto takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in October: highs in Kyoto hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Nara
Highlights from your plan
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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 Hiroshima Children's Museum.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Hiroshima fast, fun, and easy.

Getting from Kyoto to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. On the 12th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Noritake no Mori, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hosho-in (Osu Kannon), and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Shrine.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Nagoya journey planner .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Nagoya takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Nagoya are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Gozaisho-dake
Highlights from your plan
Yamazaki River ©
Yamazaki River
Gozaisho-dake ©
Gozaisho-dake
Kasuga Shrine ©
Kasuga Shrine

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