15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Iwami-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
6
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Sydney

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.
Popular historic sites such as Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo National Museum are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Odaiba and Ginza. Venture out of the city with trips to Yokohama Chinatown (in Naka), Mt. Takao (in Hachioji) and Yokohama Nature Sanctuary (in Sakae). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Asakusa, shop like a local with Takeshita Street, get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and make a trip to Kōtoku-in.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary builder app .

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Tokyo is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in September, with highs in Tokyo at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Yokohama, Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi, Kōtoku-in, Mt. Takao
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

3
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.
Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple. For shopping fun, head to Dotonbori or Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Nara (Nara Park, Nigatsu-do Temple, & more) and Osaka (Osaka Castle & Universal Studios Japan). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Gion, go for a walk through Arashiyama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, and contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kyoto online trip itinerary builder .

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Iwami-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara
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Gion
Gion
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

1
night
Iwami-cho

Iwami-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Higashihama Beach, head off the coast to Natanejima Island, explore the activities along Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore, then kick back and relax at Uradome Seacoast Marine Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Uradome Coast, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Uradome Coast Oguri beach beaches.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Iwami-cho route builder app .

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Iwami-cho takes 4 hours. While traveling from Kyoto, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Iwami-cho, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Iwami-cho

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Tottori
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Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore ©
Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore
Uradome Coast ©
Uradome Coast
The Sand Museum ©
The Sand Museum

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.
On the 27th (Sun), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: sample the tasty concoctions at Kamoizumi Sake Brewery, stop by Kirei Sake Brewery, take a stroll through Saijo, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Saijotsuru Brewery, then head outdoors with Bay Side Beach Saka, and finally step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip planning tool .

You can drive from Iwami-cho to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Higashihiroshima, Hatsukaichi, Bay Side Beach Saka
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Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

3
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Step out of the city life by going to Kabira Bay and Yonehara Beach. For shopping fun, head to Yurateiku Market or Nei Museum of Art. There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Ishigaki journey website .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Ishigaki in 5.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hiroshima in September: high temperatures in Ishigaki hover around 37°C and lows are around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
nights
Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 2nd (Fri), see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, get interesting insight from Tours, get outside with Yonaha Maehama Beach, then hunt for treasures at Atarasu Ichiba, then enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and finally examine the collection at Yukishio Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Miyakojima trip itinerary builder website .

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2 hours. October in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach

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