15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
2
Himeji
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
5
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: Melbourne

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, &more), Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Mashikeitsukushima Shrine (in Mashike-cho). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima road trip planning app.

Melbourne, Australia to Hiroshima is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. In April, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Mashikeitsukushima Shrine
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, steep yourself in history at Himeji Castle, thenmake a trip to Nishi no Maru Nagatsubone, and finally make a trip to Otemae Street.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Himeji trip site.

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

3
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, admire the masterpieces at Hosomi Museum, take a stroll through Gion, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): make a trip to Omicho Market, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, thenstep into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, take in nature's colorful creations at Gyokusen-Immaru Garden, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, thensteep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa tour itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in April, Kanazawa is a bit cooler at night with lows of 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

3
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Imperial Palace.

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You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 12°C in Tokyo. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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