15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan visit planner
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Nagasaki
— 1 night
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Kanazawa
— 1 night
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka), Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Kuromon Market (in Nippombashi). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, wander the streets of Gion, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto day trip planning tool.

Sydney, Australia to Kyoto is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect Kyoto to be colder, temps between 13°C and 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.
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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.
On the 16th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine and then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and finally pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima tour itinerary builder tool.

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. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Nagasaki.
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Nagasaki — 1 night

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
On the 18th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, then stroll through Glover Garden, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple.

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Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Nagasaki can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Kanazawa.
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Kanazawa — 1 night

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Neagarimatsu, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, then don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and finally wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa online trip maker.

Getting from Nagasaki to Kanazawa by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nagasaki in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Kanazawa, with lows of 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Tokyo.
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Tokyo — 5 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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 20th (Tue) at Tokyo Disneyland. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and stop by Ginza.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo travel route planner.

You can fly from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Japan travel guide

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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.
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