15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Cairns
+3
Fly + Train + Subway + Train:  12 h 30 min
1
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
3
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  10 h 45 min
End: Cairns

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: Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, get outside with Paddle Park, and steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see more things to do and tourist information, use the Hiroshima day trip planning tool .

Cairns, Australia to Hiroshima is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cairns to Hiroshima. Traveling from Cairns in December, things will get colder in Hiroshima: highs are around 13°C and lows about 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Tobishima Kaido
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Mt. Misen ©
Mt. Misen

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Osaka (Osaka Castle & Dotonbori), Himeji Castle (in Himeji) and Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, make a trip to Nijo Castle, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto route maker tool .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. December in Kyoto sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, Himeji Castle
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

6
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 appreciate attractions like Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. The adventure continues: make a trip to Tokyo Tower, steep yourself in history at Tokyo National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo itinerary app .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 4°C. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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