15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Osaka
— 4 nights
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
3
Hida
— 2 nights
4
Yuzawa-machi
— 2 nights
5
Tokyo
— 3 nights

4
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Dotombori District and Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nara (Nara Park & Kasuga Grand Shrine). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, take a stroll through Minami (Namba), and get in on the family fun at SpaWorld.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Osaka tour itinerary website.

Perth, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Perth in January, things will get colder in Osaka: highs are around 10°C and lows about 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nara
Highlights from your plan
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): stop by Hashiya Kaede, then shop like a local with Kyoto Kimono Rental Sakura, and then hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District. Keep things going the next day: go for a walk through Gion.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kyoto online vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Kyoto are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. On the 25th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hida.

Things to do in Kyoto

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Nishiki Market Shopping District ©
Nishiki Market Shopping District
Gion
Gion
Kyoto Kimono Rental Sakura ©
Kyoto Kimono Rental Sakura

2
nights
Hida

Hida ©
Attractions like Miso Sembei Hompo Inohiro Seikaho and Shirakabe Dozogai make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hida: Gokayama (in Nanto) and Shirakawa-mura (Kanda house, Nagase house, &more).

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hida route builder site.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Hida takes 4 hours. Traveling from Kyoto in January, expect nights in Hida to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Yuzawa-machi.

Things to do in Hida

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Gokayama
Highlights from your plan
Gokayama ©
Gokayama
Hineno Museum & Cafe ©
Hineno Museum & Cafe

2
nights
Yuzawa-machi

Yuzawa-machi ©
It takes just over one hour to reach Yuzawa-machi from the country's capital by bullet train.
On the 28th (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Yuzawa Kogen, fly down the slopes at Iwappara Ski Resort, don't miss a visit to Ponshukan, fly down the slopes at Kagura Ski Resort, then make a trip to Gangidori, and finally relax in the rural setting at Yukiguni Agripark Yuzawa Ichigo-mura. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hit the slopes at Kagura Tashiro Ski Resort, hit the slopes at Naeba Ski Resort, fly down the slopes at Naspa Ski Garden, then fly down the slopes at Yuzawa Nakazato Ski Resort, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Yuzawa-machi trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Hida to Yuzawa-machi in 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yuzawa-machi

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks

Side Trip

Onsen Resorts
Highlights from your plan
Iwappara Ski Resort ©
Iwappara Ski Resort
Naspa Ski Garden ©
Naspa Ski Garden
Naeba Ski Resort ©
Naeba Ski Resort

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sun): enjoy some diversion at Asakusa Samurai Ai Armor Experience, then wander the streets of Odaiba District, and then wander the streets of Ginza.

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

Traveling by car from Yuzawa-machi to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Ginza ©
Ginza