15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly to New Chitose Airport, Drive to Niseko-cho
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Niseko-cho
— 3 nights
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Drive to New Chitose Airport, Fly to Osaka International Airport, Drive to Kyoto
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 3 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Tokyo

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): visit Odaiba District.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip maker site.

Austin, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 15 hours. Traveling from Austin in December, expect Tokyo to be little chillier, temps between 54°F and 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Niseko-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Niseko-cho

— 3 nights

Mt. Fuji of Hokkaido

Ranking as the most popular ski resort in Hokkaido, mountaintop Niseko-cho boasts great slopes and surprisingly vibrant nightlife.
categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. Next up on the itinerary: hit the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place, stop by Kanrosui, explore the ancient world of Soga Hokuei Stone Circle, and get outside with Hokkaido Backcountry Club.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Niseko-cho trip builder tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tokyo to Niseko-cho. Traveling from Tokyo in December, expect Niseko-cho to be little chillier, temps between 37°F and 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Niseko-cho

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 3 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.
On the 1st (Sat), look for gifts at Kiyora Senjafuda, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Gion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto sightseeing planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Niseko-cho to Kyoto. Traveling from Niseko-cho in December, expect Kyoto to be somewhat warmer, temps between 52°F and 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Osaka

— 3 nights
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.
When in Osaka, make a side trip to see Nara Park in Nara, approximately Nara away. There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Osaka trip planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In January in Osaka, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Tokyo

— 3 nights
Explore Tokyo further: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and stroll around Ueno Park.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Osaka to Tokyo by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Spas

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.