15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
+3
Fly + Train + Subway + Train:  18​h 30​min
1
Himeji
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 45​min
2
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
3
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
4
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  22​h
End: Brisbane

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.
To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Himeji travel itinerary planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Himeji is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Brisbane to Himeji due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brisbane in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Himeji, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Otemae Street ©
Otemae Street

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, then don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and finally see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine and then get to know the fascinating history of Miyajima.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima online itinerary creator.

Getting from Himeji to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

5
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Osaka to see Dotonbori about 1:10 hours away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take in the views from Togetsukyo, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and flight. May in Kyoto sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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.
Family-friendly places like Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Tokyo DisneySea will thrill your kids. Have a day of magic on the 30th (Tue) at Tokyo Disneyland. Next up on the itinerary: get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu, look for gifts at Tsukiji Market, and wander the streets of Akihabara.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Kyoto in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Tokyo, with highs around 25°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

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