15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

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Ishigaki
— 2 nights
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Miyakojima
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
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Osaka
— 1 night
Train
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Kyoto
— 1 night
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Kobe
— 1 night
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Hakuba-mura
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Ishigaki

— 2 nights
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, explore and take pictures at Cape Hirakubozaki, and then walk around Kabira Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, and then stroll around Banna Park.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Ishigaki online trip itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Ishigaki is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Ishigaki. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in February, with highs in Ishigaki at 25°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can fly to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 21 — 23:

Miyakojima

— 2 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, then take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, and then snap pictures at Kurima Bridge. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Toguchi no Hama, and then head off the coast to Shimojishima Island.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Miyakojima tour planner.

Getting from Ishigaki to Miyakojima by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Feb 23 — 25:

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Peace Flame, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Hiroshima takes 5.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Miyakojima in February: highs in Hiroshima hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 25 — 26:

Osaka

— 1 night
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 27th (Sun): enjoy breathtaking views from Harukas 300 Observation Deck, then make a trip to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, and then examine the collection at Kids Plaza Osaka.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In February, daytime highs in Osaka are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Feb 26 — 27:

Kyoto

— 1 night
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 28th (Mon): admire the striking features of Ninna-ji Temple, then contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Myoshinji Temple.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Kyoto vacation builder website.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Kyoto are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 27 — 28:

Kobe

— 1 night
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): see the interesting displays at Kawasaki Good Times World, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Kobe Animal Kingdom, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Suma Aqualife Park Kobe.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kobe tour planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Kobe by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In February, daytime highs in Kobe are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to fly to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Kobe

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 1:

Hakuba-mura

— 2 nights
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Happoone and then fly down the slopes at Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, hit the slopes at Hakuba, and then hit the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort.

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Traveling by flight from Kobe to Hakuba-mura takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Kobe in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Hakuba-mura, with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 1 — 3:

Tokyo

— 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Gundam Front Tokyo and Samurai Museum. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo City View Observation Deck (Roppongihills), get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip tool.

Traveling by car from Hakuba-mura to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Hakuba-mura in March; daily highs in Tokyo reach 17°C and lows reach 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Nature · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 3 — 7:

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.