15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
+2
Fly + subway + train:  16​h 30​min
1
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  2​h
2
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
3
Nara
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Tsumagoi-mura
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
6
Shirakawa
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
7
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Melbourne


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1
night
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 5th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, and then pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima road trip planning tool .

Melbourne, Australia to Hiroshima is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Traveling from Melbourne to Hiroshima, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In April, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Itsukushima Shrine
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

3
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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (in Fushimi), Kyoto (Kinkaku-ji & Gion) and Kiyomizu-dera Temple (in Higashiyama). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, shop like a local with Dotonbori, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

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Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In April, daytime highs in Osaka are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

1
night
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple.

To find maps and other tourist information, read Nara attractions planning site .

Take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. April in Nara sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

1
night
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 11th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and then make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi trip planner .

Drive from Nara to Hakone-machi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. When traveling from Nara in April, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tsumagoi-mura.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Nature Museums
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Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Owaku-dani Valley ©
Owaku-dani Valley

1
night
Tsumagoi-mura

Tsumagoi-mura ©
On the 12th (Sun), tee off at Tsumagoi Kogen Golf Course, then make a trip to Manza Onsen Observation Deck, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Yonako Daibakufu.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tsumagoi-mura day trip planning app .

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Tsumagoi-mura in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Hakone-machi in April, expect nights in Tsumagoi-mura to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Shirakawa.

Things to do in Tsumagoi-mura

Outdoors Golf Parks

Side Trip

Yonako Daibakufu
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Yonako Daibakufu ©
Yonako Daibakufu

1
night
Shirakawa

Shirakawa ©
Shirakawa is a city located in Fukushima Prefecture, in northern Honshū, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Suirakuen, then stroll around Shirakawa Sekinomori Park, and then explore the activities along Yukiwari Canyon.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Shirakawa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tsumagoi-mura to Shirakawa takes 4 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shirakawa

Parks Nature
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Shirakawa Sekinomori Park ©
Shirakawa Sekinomori Park
Suirakuen ©
Suirakuen

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.
Bring the kids along to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Tokyo DisneySea. Have a day of magic on the 15th (Wed) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's lots more to do: ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, engage your brain at National Museum of Nature and Science, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Shirakawa to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Shirakawa in April, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 22°C and 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Parks Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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