15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly to New Chitose Airport, Drive to Niseko-cho
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Niseko-cho
— 2 nights
Drive to New Chitose Airport, Fly to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
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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 to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 3rd (Mon) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, take a stroll through Ginza, and get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo online itinerary planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in December, you will find days in Tokyo are cooler (14°C), and nights are slightly colder (4°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Niseko-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 5:

Niseko-cho

— 2 nights

Mt. Fuji of Hokkaido

Ranking as the most popular ski resort in Hokkaido, mountaintop Niseko-cho boasts great slopes and surprisingly vibrant nightlife.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): fly down the slopes at Niseko Village Ski Resort, then fly down the slopes at Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area, and then head outdoors with Hokkaido Backcountry Club. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Niseko Hanazono Resort and then stroll through Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Niseko-cho travel route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tokyo to Niseko-cho. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in January; daily highs in Niseko-cho reach 0°C and lows reach -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Niseko-cho

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:

Hiroshima

— 1 night

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 8th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and finally admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

To find reviews and more tourist information, read Hiroshima trip planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Niseko-cho to Hiroshima. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Niseko-cho in January; daily highs in Hiroshima reach 11°C and lows reach 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:

Osaka

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): wander the streets of Dotombori District, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, admire the landmark architecture of Kuchu Teien Observatory, and then walk around Nara Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip itinerary maker website.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:

Kyoto

— 3 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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Arashiyama, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary planning app.

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.