15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Warrnambool
fly:  10​h
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 1 night
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
4
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  1​h
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  34​h
End: Warrnambool

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary builder tool .

Warrnambool, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 30-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Warrnambool to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 8th (Sun), make a trip to Omicho Market, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

Plan trip to Kanazawa with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Tokyo to Kanazawa by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. While traveling from Tokyo, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 11°C to lows of 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana) and Osaka Castle (in Osaka). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, go for a walk through Arashiyama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto road trip website .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Osaka
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

1
night
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
On the 13th (Fri), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Himeji online itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December in Himeji, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Mt. Takamikura
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

3
nights
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 14th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine, step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, and then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima attractions planner.

Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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