15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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1
Osaka
— 2 nights
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
3
Takayama
— 2 nights
4
Yuzawa-machi
— 2 nights
5
Tokyo
— 4 nights

2
nights
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 (Tue): take a stroll through Dotombori District and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Keep things going the next day: visit Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, then have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and finally stop by Shimada Shoten.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Osaka travel planning app.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Osaka is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Jakarta to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Jakarta in February; daily highs in Osaka reach 11°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): wander the streets of Arashiyama and then admire the landmark architecture of Kyutei Omuro.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner.

Take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in February, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

2
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, then make a trip to Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then admire the masterpieces at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Kanda house, enjoy breathtaking views from Tenshukakau Observatory, steep yourself in history at Wada House, take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then take in the views from Deai Bridge, and finally make a trip to Hida Furukawa Old Town.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Takayama trip planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Takayama in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kyoto in February: highs in Takayama hover around 7°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Yuzawa-machi.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Hida Furukawa Old Town
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

2
nights
Yuzawa-machi

Yuzawa-machi ©
It takes just over one hour to reach Yuzawa-machi from the country's capital by bullet train.
Get out of town with these interesting Yuzawa-machi side-trips: Ishiuchi Maruyama Ski Resort (in Minamiuonuma) and Minakami-machi (Doai Station & Onsen Resorts). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Kagura Ski Resort, fly down the slopes at Iwappara Ski Resort, experience rural life at Yukiguni Agripark Yuzawa Ichigo-mura, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Naeba.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Yuzawa-machi trip builder app.

Getting from Takayama to Yuzawa-machi by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yuzawa-machi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Minakami-machi, Ishiuchi Maruyama Ski Resort
Highlights from your plan
Naeba Ski Resort ©
Naeba Ski Resort
Naspa Ski Garden ©
Naspa Ski Garden
Ishiuchi Maruyama Ski Resort ©
Ishiuchi Maruyama Ski Resort

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo DisneySea & Tokyo Disneyland). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo tour itinerary maker website.

Getting from Yuzawa-machi to Tokyo by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
Highlights from your plan
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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