15 days in Japan & Thailand Itinerary

15 days in Japan & Thailand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Asia travel route planner

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Laem Tong Bay and Viking Cave. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Ko Phi Phi Le. Go for a jaunt from Ko Phi Phi Don to Ao Nang to see Bamboo Island about 2h 30 min away. There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Ko Phi Phi Don trip site.

Cologne, Germany to Ko Phi Phi Don is an approximately 20-hour combination of train, flight, and ferry. Traveling from Cologne to Ko Phi Phi Don, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cologne in August: high temperatures in Ko Phi Phi Don hover around 36°C and lows are around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) 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 Kantiang Bay. Step off the beaten path and head to Ko Rok Nok and Kayaking & Canoeing. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Khlong Dao Beach, stroll through Long Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and head off the coast to Koh Rok Island.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Ko Lanta online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by ferry from Ko Phi Phi Don to Ko Lanta takes 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Ko Lanta can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to 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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Big Buddha, then enjoy the sand and surf at Choeng Mon Beach, and then visit Fisherman’s Village.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Bophut trip simple and quick.

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. Traveling from Ko Lanta in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Bophut, with lows around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time 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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle and then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Bophut to Kyoto takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, taxi, and train. Traveling from Bophut to Kyoto, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to 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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Osaka City Central Hall and then wander the streets of Dotombori District.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka day trip planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Osaka, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. On the 13th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kumano.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites

Kumano, Japan

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Ruins of Akagi Castle, get great views at Matsumoto Toge, and then explore the activities along Tategasaki.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kumano day trip planning site.

Getting from Osaka to Kumano by car takes about 3.5 hours. When traveling from Osaka in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kumano: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 31°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can 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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Okage Yokocho.

To find out how to plan a trip to Ise, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Kumano to Ise by car takes about 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 32°C. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back 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.