15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip itinerary maker

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train
2
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Drive
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train
5
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Drive
6
Niihama
— 3 nights
Drive to Hiroshima Airport, Fly to Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport

S M T W T F S
28
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20

Tokyo

— 4 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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Tokyo. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in March; daily highs in Tokyo reach 17°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Spas

Side Trip

Kanazawa

— 1 night
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, then don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, then admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, and finally take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa travel route planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Tokyo in March, with highs in Kanazawa at 13°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Kyoto

— 3 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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, make a trip to Gion, and explore the world behind art at Hosomi Museum.

Plan a trip to Kyoto easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In March in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Osaka

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Kuchu Teien Observatory and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, then don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, then take a stroll through Dotombori District, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Osaka trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Hiroshima

— 1 night

City of Peace

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 12th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In March, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Niihama.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums

Niihama

— 3 nights
Niihama is a city located in the eastern part of Ehime Prefecture, Japan. On the 13th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishiyama Koryuji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Central Shrine of Ishizuchi Jinja, then hit the slopes at Ishizuchi Ski & Snowboard Resort, then take a memorable drive along UFO Line, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Old Hadeba Hydroelectric Plant. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Senryuji Temple, take an in-depth tour of Tonaru Historical Museum, steep yourself in history at Site of Tonaru Storehouse, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Zuioji Temple, and finally get engrossed in the history at Niihama City Hirose Saihei Achivement Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Niihama day trip site.

Traveling by car from Hiroshima to Niihama takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Niihama

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.