15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan holiday planner

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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Tokyo

— 6 nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kamogawa Sea World, Tokyo Sea Life Park, Imperial Palace, and other attractions you added. Head to Ginza and Yokohama Chinatownfor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Maihama (Ikspiari & Tokyo DisneySea) and Yokohama Bayside Marina (in Yokohama). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and take a stroll through Takeshita Street.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Sydney in July, expect Tokyo to be warmer, temps between 36°C and 27°C. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 5 nights
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.
Head to Dotombori District and Kyoto Station Buildingfor plenty of shopping. Visit Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In July in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Mt. Misen has been added to your itinerary. On the 19th (Fri), appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Mikasahama Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daishoin Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Misen, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku.

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

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.