15 days in Japan & Sydney Itinerary

15 days in Japan & Sydney Itinerary

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15 days in Japan & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly + Drive:  15​h 30​min
1
Kumano, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Nara, Japan
— 1 night
train:  45​min
3
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
4
Himeji, Japan
— 1 night
train:  1​h
5
Hiroshima, Japan
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
6
Niseko-cho, Japan
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 15​min
7
Kamikawa-cho, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Asahikawa, Japan
— 1 night
+3
train + Fly + taxi + train:  7​h 15​min
9
Nagano, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
10
Fuji, Japan
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
11
Tokyo, Japan
— 1 night
Fly:  12​h 30​min
12
Sydney, Australia
— 1 night
End: Sydney, Australia


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1
night
Kumano, Japan

Kumano ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take in the pleasant sights at Matsumoto Toge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daiuma Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ubuta Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Maruyama Senmai Rice Field, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hanano Iwaya Caves.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kumano trip itinerary maker tool .

Sydney, Australia to Kumano is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Kumano due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in December, with highs in Kumano at 14°C and lows at 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Kumano

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ubuta Shrine ©
Ubuta Shrine

1
night
Nara, Japan

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 10th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, stroll around Nara Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, and finally see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nara road trip app .

You can drive from Kumano to Nara in 3.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Nara are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

2
nights
Kyoto, Japan

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.
On the 11th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On your second day here, examine the collection at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and finally take a stroll through Gion.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kyoto tour planner.

You can take a train from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and subway. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
Himeji, Japan

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Himeji holiday maker .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Himeji sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mt. Takamikura, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden

1
night
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Niseko-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

1
day
Niseko-cho, Japan

Niseko-cho
Ranking as the most popular ski resort in Hokkaido, mountaintop Niseko-cho boasts great slopes and surprisingly vibrant nightlife.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): hit the slopes at Niseko Outdoor Center and then take an in-depth tour of Arishima Memorial Center.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Niseko-cho trip itinerary builder website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hiroshima to Niseko-cho. In December, Niseko-cho is little chillier than Hiroshima - with highs of 3°C and lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kamikawa-cho.

Things to do in Niseko-cho

Winter Sports Tours Wildlife

1
night
Kamikawa-cho, Japan

Kamikawa-cho ©
Because of its proximity to Daisetsuzan National Park and its picturesque surroundings, many visitors opt for a vacation in Kamikawa-cho, looking to explore the pristine natural sights nearby.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, then take in the awesome beauty at Daisetsuzan, and then make a trip to Sobakudai.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Kamikawa-cho trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Niseko-cho to Kamikawa-cho in 4.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Niseko-cho in December; daily highs in Kamikawa-cho reach -1°C and lows reach -8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Kamikawa-cho

Nature Parks Spas
Highlights from your plan
Daisetsuzan ©
Daisetsuzan
Onsen Resorts

1
night
Asahikawa, Japan

Asahikawa ©
Perched on the confluence of four rivers and surrounded by green hills, Asahikawa combines a modern city experience with the pristine nature nearby.
On the 17th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Asahiyama Yuki no Mura and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Asahiyama Zoo.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Asahikawa visit planner.

Drive from Kamikawa-cho to Asahikawa in 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Asahikawa are -2°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Nagano.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo

1
night
Nagano, Japan

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): fly down the slopes at Togakushi Ski Area and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenko-ji Temple.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Nagano journey maker .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Asahikawa to Nagano in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Asahikawa in December, expect Nagano to be somewhat warmer, temps between 7°C and 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Fuji.

Things to do in Nagano

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Zenko-ji Temple ©
Zenko-ji Temple

1
night
Fuji, Japan

Fuji ©
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. On the 19th (Thu), head outdoors with Fujigawa Service Area - Inbound, then take some stellar pictures from Obuchi Sasaba, then take some stellar pictures from Imamiya Tea Plantation, and finally look for gifts at Tago no Tsuki Honten.

Plan my day in Fuji using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Nagano to Fuji in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Nagano in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Fuji: highs are around 13°C and lows about 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fuji

Outdoors Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Obuchi Sasaba ©
Obuchi Sasaba

1
night
Tokyo, Japan

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, then admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and finally get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip builder tool .

Traveling by train from Fuji to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Fuji in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Tokyo, with lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
On the 21st (Sat), hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and then kick back and relax at Bondi Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, then take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, then don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney vacation planner .

Fly from Tokyo to Sydney in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tokyo to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Tokyo in December, with highs in Sydney at 32°C and lows at 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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