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:  1​h 45​min
2
Nikko
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Nagano
— 1 day
train:  1​h 15​min
4
Kanazawa
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
6
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
7
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  12​h 30​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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hase-dera Temple and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Kamakura (Maruyamainari Shrine, Kōtoku-in, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hongaku-ji Temple.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary builder site .

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. In January, Tokyo is colder than Sydney - with highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can take a train to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Kamakura
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Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in

2
nights
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): stroll around Mibumachi Joshi Park, then buy something for everyone on your list at Sano Premium Outlet, and then see the interesting displays at Mahojin Super Car Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kosho-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at Mibu Municipal Museum of History and Folklore, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Okoto Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Joraku-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Seichu Shrine.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Nikko road trip planning website .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nikko, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nagano.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Mibu-machi, Mahojin Super Car Museum, Sano Premium Outlet
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Okoto Shrine ©
Okoto Shrine
Mahojin Super Car Museum ©
Mahojin Super Car Museum
Mibumachi Joshi Park ©
Mibumachi Joshi Park

1
day
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenko-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Tenkyuji, don't miss a visit to Teramachi Shoka (Former Kanehako Residence), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dairin-ji Temple, and finally explore the historical opulence of Matsushiro Castle.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, read Nagano trip planner .

You can drive from Nikko to Nagano in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Nikko in January, expect Nagano to be little chillier, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites
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Tenkyuji ©
Tenkyuji

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): test the waters at a local thermal spa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daijoji Temple, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally contemplate the long history of Shofukaku Garden.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip planner .

Getting from Nagano to Kanazawa by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In January, Kanazawa is somewhat warmer than Nagano - with highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Spas
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Ninja Temple ©
Ninja Temple
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shofukaku Garden ©
Shofukaku Garden

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): make a trip to Fushimi Sake Village, then take a stroll through Fushimi Suigo, then see the interesting displays at Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum, and finally make a trip to Hokai-ji Temple. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gokonomiya Shrine, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Matsumoto Sake Brewery, then steep yourself in history at Byodoin, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Shuonan Ikkyuji Temple.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto route builder app .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Shuonan Ikkyuji Temple, Byodoin
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Gokonomiya Shrine ©
Gokonomiya Shrine
Byodoin ©
Byodoin
Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum ©
Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum

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.
Tenjimbashisuji Shopping Street has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Aishu Kindergarten and then make a trip to Tenjimbashisuji Shopping Street.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Osaka online visit planner .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In January in Osaka, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping
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Tenjimbashisuji Shopping Street ©
Tenjimbashisuji Shopping Street

2
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Shuzen-ji Temple, then don't miss a visit to Nirayama Reverberatory Furnaces, and then contemplate the long history of Juyobunkazai Ekawatei. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Izunokuni Panorama Park, then go for a stroll along the water at Numazu Port, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Numazu Deep Sea Aquarium.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi online travel planner .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hakone-machi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Osaka in January, plan for little chillier days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 5°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Izunokuni, Numazu, Shuzen-ji Temple
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Numazu Port ©
Numazu Port
Nirayama Reverberatory Furnaces ©
Nirayama Reverberatory Furnaces
Izunokuni Panorama Park ©
Izunokuni Panorama Park

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo
For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tokyo travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Hakone-machi to Tokyo by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 1°C at night. On the 20th (Mon), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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