15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Toyota
1
Toyota
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
2
Nagano
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
5
Himeji
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
6
Osaka
— 3 nights
End: Osaka

4
nights
Toyota

Toyota ©
Home to the internationally known car manufacturer of the same name, Toyota ranks as the largest city in Aichi Prefecture.
Get in touch with nature at Nakasendo Magome-juku and Nakasendo Tsumagojuku. Popular historic sites such as Inuyama Castle and Tagata Shrine are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Toyota: Nakatsugawa (Masugata Waterwheel & Nakatsugawa Mineral Museum), Inuyama (Inuyama Jokamachi & Zuizenji Temple) and Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank (in Iwakura). There's much more to do: have fun and explore at Toyota City Traffic Safety Learning Center, see the interesting displays at Toyota Kaikan Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kojakuji Temple, and explore the world behind art at Takahashi Setsuo Gallery.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Toyota tour itinerary planning tool.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Chubu Centrair International Airport, Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport and Osaka International Airport. In May in Toyota, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 18°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Nagano.

Things to do in Toyota

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Nakatsugawa, Inuyama, Tagata Shrine, Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank, Nakasendo Tsumagojuku
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Nakasendo Magome-juku ©
Nakasendo Magome-juku
Inuyama Castle ©
Inuyama Castle
Nakasendo Tsumagojuku ©
Nakasendo Tsumagojuku

2
nights
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
On the 20th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Matsushiro Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Jinja Hokosha, don't miss a visit to Togakushi Shrine Chusha, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha, then take in nature's colorful creations at Togakushi Forest Botanical Garden, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Nagano trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Toyota to Nagano takes 4 hours. May in Nagano sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Yamanouchi-machi
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Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Togakushi Jinja Hokosha ©
Togakushi Jinja Hokosha

2
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.
On the 23rd (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then hike along Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sun): make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Nagano to Kyoto takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In May in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

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.
To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary app.

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 18°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Tue) before leaving for Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Miyajima
Miyajima
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

1
night
Himeji

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 26th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and then don't miss a visit to Viewing Deck, Himeji Station Square.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Himeji itinerary maker tool.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Himeji are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

3
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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Nara Park and Dotombori. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Osaka Castle and Nigatsu-do Temple. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Kofuku-ji Temple (in Nara) and Koya-cho (Ryusen-in Temple & Koyasan Okunoin). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kotokuji Temple, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, and visit Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka road trip site.

You can take a train from Himeji to Osaka in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Himeji in May, expect nights in Osaka to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori ©
Dotombori