15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Myoko
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
4
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  1​h
5
Nara
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
6
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
7
Hakone-machi
— 1 day
train:  2​h
8
Tokyo
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
9
Kamakura
— 1 day
train:  1​h 30​min
10
Tokyo
— 2 nights
End: Tokyo

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.
On the 26th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Godzilla Head, then take a stroll through Kabukicho, and then don't miss a visit to Shinjuku Golden Gai. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe & Bar Owl Village, Harajuku, then take in a show at Kawaii Monster Cafe Harajuku, then admire the landmark architecture of Harajuku Station, and finally don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip planning tool .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. In October, daytime highs in Tokyo are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Myoko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
night
Myoko

Myoko
The small town of Myoko, nestled between five mountain peaks, attracts skiing and winter-sport enthusiasts with its famed resorts and abundant snowfall.
For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Myoko trip planner .

You can drive from Tokyo to Myoko in 4 hours. You'll set off for Kyoto on the 30th (Wed).

Things to do in Myoko

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

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.
Arashiyama Bamboo Grove has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Heian Shrine, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Gion, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Myoko to Kyoto takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In October, daytime highs in Kyoto are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
Osaka

Osaka ©
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 2nd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senko-ji Temple, then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and finally shop like a local with Dotonbori.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip planner .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. November in Osaka sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Kuromon Market ©
Kuromon Market

1
night
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Nara Park, Shigisan Gyokuzoin, Todai-ji Temple, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shigisan Gyokuzoin, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, then walk around Nara Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple. On your second day here, admire the natural beauty at Yoshikien, then take in nature's colorful creations at Isuien Garden, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Nara vacation planner .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Shigisan Gyokuzoin
Highlights from your plan
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, stop by Pokemon Center Skytree Town, then wander the streets of Akihabara, then take in a show at Robot Restaurant, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Omoide Yokocho.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo road trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Nara to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Nightlife Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Robot Restaurant ©
Robot Restaurant
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo Skytree ©
Tokyo Skytree

1
day
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 6th (Wed), take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hakone-machi journey planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 52°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.
Highlights from your plan
Hakone Ropeway ©
Hakone Ropeway

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo
For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary website .

Traveling by train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in November, you will find days in Tokyo are somewhat warmer (62°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). You'll set off for Kamakura on the 7th (Thu).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

1
day
Kamakura

Kamakura ©
The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), then steep yourself in history at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Kōtoku-in.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kamakura trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kamakura takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Kamakura, ranging from highs of 54°F to lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Ghibli Museum Mitaka.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tokyo travel planning website .

Traveling by train from Kamakura to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Kamakura, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 62°F to lows of 49°F. On the 9th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Highlights from your plan
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka

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