15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
4
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Brisbane

5
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Cat Cafe MOCHA, Harajuku as well as Mt. Fuji 5th Station. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, take a stroll through Ginza, and find something for the whole family at Tokyo Disneyland.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip maker app .

Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Brisbane in April, expect Tokyo to be slightly colder, temps between 22°C and 12°C. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Tokyo Disneyland, Mt. Fuji 5th Station
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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.
You've now added Monkey Park Iwatayama to your itinerary. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, admire the natural beauty at Rakusai Chikurin Park, take a stroll through Gion, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto road trip planner .

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Kyoto are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Osaka Free Walking Tour as well as Nara Park. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then take in the local highlights with Osaka Free Walking Tour. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park and then wander the streets of Dotonbori.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary tool .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. In April, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nara Park
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Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ashikaga Flower Park as well as Robot Restaurant. Explore Tokyo further: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, shop like a local with Takeshita Street, take a stroll through Asakusa, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Ashikaga Flower Park
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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shibuya Crossing ©
Shibuya Crossing

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