15 days in Japan & Thailand Itinerary

15 days in Japan & Thailand Itinerary

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Train to Frankfurt, Fly to Phuket, Ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don
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Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Ko Lanta, Thailand
— 4 nights
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Ferry to Phuket Bang Rong Pier, Fly to Koh Samui, Bus to Bophut
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Bophut, Thailand
— 2 nights
Bus to Koh Samui, Fly to Chūbu Centrair
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Kyoto, Japan
— 1 night
Drive
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Osaka, Japan
— 1 night
Drive
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Kumano, Japan
— 1 night
Drive
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Ise, Japan
— 1 night
Fly to Frankfurt, Train to Cologne

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Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand

— 3 nights
Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
Escape the urban bustle at Laem Tong Bay and Bamboo Island. There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Viking Cave, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, head off the coast to Ko Phi Phi Le, and make a trip to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Ko Phi Phi Don day trip site.

Cologne, Germany to Ko Phi Phi Don is an approximately 20-hour combination of train, flight, and ferry. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Cologne to Ko Phi Phi Don due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Cologne in February, with highs in Ko Phi Phi Don at 39°C and lows at 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Ko Lanta, Thailand

— 4 nights
Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
Escape the urban bustle at Lanta Klong Nin Beach and Khlong Dao Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kantiang Bay and Ko Rok Nok. There's still lots to do: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lanta Animal Welfare, take a memorable tour with Tours, and kick back and relax at Long Beach.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Ko Lanta trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Ko Phi Phi Don to Ko Lanta in 1.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Bophut.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Bophut, Thailand

— 2 nights
Rocky cliffs and sandy bays draw visitors looking for a action along the coastal area in Bophut, where diving and snorkeling opportunitys abound.
On the 10th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Big Buddha, enjoy the sand and surf at Choeng Mon Beach, and then wander the streets of Fisherman’s Village.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Bophut attractions planner.

Do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus from Ko Lanta to Bophut in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and train. While traveling from Ko Lanta, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Bophut, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Bophut

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Kyoto, Japan

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online visit planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Bophut to Kyoto in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, taxi, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Bophut to Kyoto. In February, Kyoto is colder than Bophut - with highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites

Osaka, Japan

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Osaka City Central Hall and then take a stroll through Dotombori District.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Osaka are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kumano.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites

Kumano, Japan

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Ruins of Akagi Castle, take in the pleasant sights at Matsumoto Toge, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Tategasaki.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kumano travel planning app.

Drive from Osaka to Kumano in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Osaka in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Kumano, with lows of 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Ise.

Things to do in Kumano

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Ise, Japan

— 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 (Sat), make a trip to Okage Yokocho.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ise trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kumano to Ise takes 2 hours. When traveling from Kumano in February, plan for little chillier days in Ise, with highs around 9°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Sat) before leaving for home.
Highlights from your trip

Thailand travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Gift & Specialty Shops
Land of Smiles
Offering a rich culinary heritage, sun-kissed beaches, exotic culture, tropical climate, and stunning landscapes, a Thailand vacation remains one of the world's greatest magnets for curious travelers. In between the busy and crowded cities, the Asian nation features a quiet countryside: a blend of lush rice paddies, flourishing tropical forests, and tiny villages living according to an age-old agricultural clock that continues to play a major role in the locals' lifestyle. A tour of Thailand reveals a deep devotion to Buddhism, exemplified by eye-catching temples lavishly decorated with golden Buddha statues, simple shrines, and lively religious festivals celebrated throughout the country.

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.