15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan attractions planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Ise
— 1 night
Train to Yamatoyagi, Taxi to Koya-cho
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Koya-cho
— 1 night
Fly
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Izumo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly

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Kyoto

— 4 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tofuku-ji Temple and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and take a stroll through Gion.

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Melbourne, Australia to Kyoto is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Kyoto. When traveling from Melbourne in November, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 10 — 14:

Ise

— 1 night
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
On the 15th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine, make a trip to Oharai-machi, then examine the collection at Okageza, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Shrine Geku.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Ise tour itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Kyoto to Ise in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kyoto in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Ise, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 15:

Koya-cho

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koyasan Danjo Garan, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Koyasan Okunoin, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Torodo Temple.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Koya-cho trip itinerary builder.

Do a combination of train and taxi from Ise to Koya-cho in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to fly to Izumo.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 16:

Izumo

— 2 nights
Nestled in the shadows of the Chugoku Mountains, historic Izumo boasts one of Japan's oldest Shinto shrines.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Yaegaki Shrine, browse the exhibits of Adachi Museum of Art, then step into the grandiose world of Matsue Castle, and finally explore the world behind art at Shimane Art Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get all the information you need at Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, then enjoy the sea views from Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hinomisaki Shrine.

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Fly from Koya-cho to Izumo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Koya-cho in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Izumo, with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Izumo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 16 — 18:

Hiroshima

— 3 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get some historical perspective at Daishoin Temple and Itsukushima Shrine. You'll explore and learn at Yamato Museum and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Senjokaku (in Hatsukaichi) and JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima route planner.

You can drive from Izumo to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 18 — 21:

Tokyo

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and then browse the exhibits of Tokyo National Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and finally admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

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Fly from Hiroshima to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 24:

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.