15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Auckland

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sunset Owl Cafe and Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine. There's still lots to do: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, get a taste of the local shopping with Hankyu Umeda Main Store, walk around Nakanoshima Park, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

Before you visit Osaka, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Auckland, New Zealand to Osaka is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Auckland to Osaka due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Auckland in December, plan for little chillier days in Osaka, with highs around 13°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Tempozan Ferris Wheel ©
Tempozan Ferris Wheel
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine

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 5th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Peace Flame, pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then appreciate the history behind Ground Zero, then take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Okonomimura. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ogonzan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hiroshimagokoku Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, then appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Hiroshima Orizuru Tower.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip maker tool .

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Shukkei-en Garden ©
Shukkei-en Garden
The Cenotaph ©
The Cenotaph

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Kodai-ji Temple. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninna-ji Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nanzen-ji Temple, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kyoto, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

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Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple
Nanzen-ji Temple ©
Nanzen-ji Temple

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tokyo City View Observation Deck (Roppongihills) and Food Tours. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Zojo-ji Temple, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) Terminal No2 Observation Deck, examine the collection at Samurai Museum, and wander the streets of Ueno.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. December in Tokyo sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Food Tours
Zojo-ji Temple ©
Zojo-ji Temple

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