15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + Train:  14 h 15 min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7 h 30 min
4
Yuzawa
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Akita
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  58 h
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park) and Tokyo Dome City. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Odaiba and Akihabara. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, examine the collection at Samurai Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip maker app .

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Melbourne in December: highs in Tokyo hover around 14°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Outdoors Museums
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Akihabara ©
Akihabara
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamigamo Shrine, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kurama, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kamogawa River, and finally wander the streets of Pontocho. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, sample the fine beverages at Suntory Yamazaki Distillery, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkaku-ji Temple.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto route maker app .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Tours Nature Parks

Side Trip

Suntory Yamazaki Distillery
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Suntory Yamazaki Distillery ©
Suntory Yamazaki Distillery
Pontocho ©
Pontocho
Food Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bay Side Beach Saka, and then stroll through Mikasahama Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Motoyasu River, then admire all the interesting features of MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima, then take a stroll through Kamiyacho, and finally make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary planner .

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and ferry. In December, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yuzawa.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Mikasahama Beach, Bay Side Beach Saka, JMSDF Kure Museum
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Motoyasu River ©
Motoyasu River
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

1
night
Yuzawa

Yuzawa ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): take in the natural beauty of Kawarage Jigoku, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Oyasukyo Daifunto, and finally see the interesting displays at Yokote Masuda Manga Museum. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Hottai Falls, take in the natural beauty of Kawara no Yukko, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Akinomiya Onsenkyo, and finally make a trip to Michi-no-Eki Jumonji.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Yuzawa online trip itinerary maker .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hiroshima to Yuzawa. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Hiroshima in January: high temperatures in Yuzawa hover around 1°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Akita.

Things to do in Yuzawa

Nature Parks Baths

Side Trips

Yokote, Hottai Falls
Highlights from your plan
Hottai Falls ©
Hottai Falls
Onsen Resorts
Oyasukyo Daifunto ©
Oyasukyo Daifunto

1
night
Akita

Akita ©
The coastal city of Akita has gained a wider reputation for its Kanto Matsuri, or "pole lantern festival," where skilled performers balance long bamboo poles on their foreheads with glowing paper lanterns attached to the end.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): kick back and relax at Unosaki Beach, get engrossed in the history at Katsuhira Tokushi Memorial, then get engrossed in the history at Sekiya Shiro Memorial, and finally see the interesting displays at Mining Museum of Akita University. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Taihei, then contemplate the waterfront views at Omono River, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iyataka Shrine.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Akita trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Yuzawa to Akita takes 1.5 hours. January in Akita sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Akita

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Unosaki Beach
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Mt. Taihei ©
Mt. Taihei
Mining Museum of Akita University ©
Mining Museum of Akita University
Iyataka Shrine ©
Iyataka Shrine

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