15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
2
Hiroshima
— 1 day
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Kobe
— Few hours
train:  30​min
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
5
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
6
Nagoya
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Fujiyoshida
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Sydney

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): sample the tasty concoctions at Harushika Brewery, stop by Four-M, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Isshinji Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Tekijuku. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at National Museum of Ethnology, don't miss a visit to The Symphony Hall, wander the streets of Kitashinchi, then examine the collection at Modern Transportation Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Osaka is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Sydney in April, expect Osaka to be slightly colder, temps between 23°C and 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Museums

Side Trips

National Museum of Ethnology, Harushika Brewery
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Isshinji Temple ©
Isshinji Temple
Modern Transportation Museum ©
Modern Transportation Museum

1
day
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 13th (Mon), stop by Monokoto Store, see the interesting displays at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum, and then examine the collection at Honkawa Peace Museum.

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Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. April in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Shopping
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few
hours
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Kiku-Masamune Shuzo Kinenkan and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kobe Muslim Mosque.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kobe online visit planner .

Getting from Hiroshima to Kobe by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites Museums
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Kobe Muslim Mosque ©
Kobe Muslim Mosque

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Osaka City Art Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yasui Shrine, then look for gifts at Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Namba Walk.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka travel itinerary planner.

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kobe. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka ©
Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka
Yasui Shrine ©
Yasui Shrine
Osaka City Art Museum ©
Osaka City Art 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple) and Yasakanoto. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple and Jonangu Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Iwashimizu Hachimangu (in Yawata) and Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple (in Uji). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Honen-in, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Konkai Komyoji Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Chishaku-in, and admire the masterpieces at Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kyoto travel route planner .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. On the 17th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Uji, Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), Iwashimizu Hachimangu
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Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple) ©
Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple)
Jojakkoji Temple ©
Jojakkoji Temple
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple ©
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple

1
night
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): browse the different shops at Uni Mall and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nunoike Catholic Cathedral.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nagoya sightseeing planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nagoya in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nagoya, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Fujiyoshida.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank, Mino History Museum Former Imai Family Residence
Highlights from your plan

2
nights
Fujiyoshida

Fujiyoshida ©
A gateway to the volcano, Fujiyoshida sits in the shadow of a giant, and everything across the city seemingly points toward the iconic symbol of national pride, Mount Fuji.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): get a new perspective on nature at Fujisan Museum, see the interesting displays at Shimoyoshida Station Blue Train Terrace, take a stroll through Kamijo Shuraku, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daiszenji Temple, and finally do a tasting at Chateau Katsunuma.

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Getting from Nagoya to Fujiyoshida by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Nagoya in April, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Fujiyoshida: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujiyoshida

Wineries Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Koshu
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Daiszenji Temple ©
Daiszenji Temple
Fujisan Museum ©
Fujisan Museum

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.
Get some historical perspective at Hozomon and Gongendo Sakura Tsutsumi. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fire Museum and Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Kawagoe to see Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT, stop by Ginza Itoya Hontren, examine the collection at Ota Memorial Museum of Art, and walk around Kitanomaru Park.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner .

You can drive from Fujiyoshida to Tokyo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. While traveling from Fujiyoshida, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 12°C. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine, Gongendo Sakura Tsutsumi
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Fire Museum ©
Fire Museum
Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan ©
Hozomon ©
Hozomon

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