15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Train + Bus:  7​h 30​min
4
Motobu-cho
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Train + Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

4
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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Urayasu, about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip maker site .

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo is minus 1 hour. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in August; daily highs in Tokyo reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, wander the streets of Gion, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Osaka
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, and then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine Torii, and then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima tour 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 September, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

1
night
Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
On the 5th (Thu), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okichan Theater, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okichan Theater, and then meet the residents at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Nago Pineapple Park and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Motobu-cho vacation planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Hiroshima to Motobu-cho takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Hiroshima in September; daily highs in Motobu-cho reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Theme Parks

Side Trip

Nago Pineapple Park
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Okichan Theater ©
Okichan Theater
Nago Pineapple Park ©
Nago Pineapple Park

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