15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Sydney
Fly + train:  14​h 30​min
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Fuji National Park
— Few hours
Fly:  15​h 30​min
Sydney

6
days
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.
Attractions like Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan make great kid-friendly stops. Sanjusangendo Temple and Kiyomizu-dera will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Nara (Tōdai-ji & Nara Park) and Osaka (Dotonbori & Osaka Castle). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari Taisha, steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shosei-en Garden.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto vacation trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Kyoto is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and train. Traveling from Sydney to Kyoto, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in May: high temperatures in Kyoto hover around 29°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara
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Kiyomizu-dera ©
Kiyomizu-dera
Fushimi Inari Taisha ©
Fushimi Inari Taisha
Nijo-jo Castle ©
Nijo-jo Castle

6
days
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. Tokyo National Museum and Ghibli Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of Tokyo to go to Urayasu and see Tokyo Disneyland, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at The Tsukiji Market, get to know the fascinating history of Imperial Palace, shop like a local with Asakusa, and examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo travel itinerary creator.

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Fuji National Park.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Urayasu, Ghibli Museum
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

1
day
Fuji National Park

Fuji National Park ©
Featuring the highest mountain peak in the country, Fuji National Park has long been a place of pilgrimage and poetry, with the active stratovolcano central to Japanese identity, history, and art.
On the 27th (Sun), get impressive views of Mount Fuji.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Fuji National Park holiday planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Fuji National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fuji National Park

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Mount Fuji
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji

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