15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  19​h
1
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Train:  3​h
2
Osaka
— 4 nights
Train:  30​min
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  23​h
End: Perth

7
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.
Kids will enjoy Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and Tokyo Disneyland. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Tsukiji Market and Asakusa. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, wander the streets of Odaiba, make a trip to Tokyo Tower, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

Perth, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from Perth to Tokyo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Perth, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks 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

4
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.
Do your shopping at Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi. Kids will enjoy Universal Studios Japan and Nara Park. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Nara (Tōdai-ji & Todaiji Temple Cultural Center). There's much more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, take a stroll through Minami (Namba), examine the collection at Museum of Oriental Ceramics, and shop like a local with Chinatown (Nankinmachi).

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Osaka tour planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Osaka by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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.
On the 4th (Wed), buy something for everyone on your list at Kyoto Station Building, don't miss a visit to Gion, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Philosopher's Walk. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Toei Kyoto Studio Park (Toei Uzumasa Eigamura), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monkey Park Iwatayama, and then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kyoto travel itinerary creator.

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Neighborhoods Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Kyoto Station Building ©
Kyoto Station Building
Monkey Park Iwatayama ©
Monkey Park Iwatayama

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