15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Narita
Train:  1 h 15 min
1
Tokyo
— Few hours
Train:  2 h 15 min
2
Nagoya
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 15 min
3
Takayama
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Nagoya
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
5
Kyoto
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 15 min
6
Hatsukaichi
— Few hours
Train:  15 min
7
Hiroshima
— Few hours
Train:  1 h 45 min
8
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
9
Tokyo
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
10
Hakone-machi
— 1 day
Bus + Train:  1 h 30 min
11
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h
12
Narita
— 1 night
End: Narita

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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.
For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Narita to Tokyo is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Nagoya.
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Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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night
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes SCMAGLEV and Railway Park. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): take a stroll through Osu Shopping Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): examine the collection at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagoya trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Tokyo to Nagoya by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. When traveling from Tokyo in March, plan for a bit cooler days in Nagoya, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. You will leave for Takayama on the 17th (Sun).
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Osu Shopping Street ©
Osu Shopping Street

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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 15th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Takayama City Hall, examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, then get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course, then wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, and finally steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Takayama road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nagoya to Takayama takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in March, Takayama is little chillier at night with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall ©
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji

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nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
SCMAGLEV and Railway Park has been added to your itinerary. On the 16th (Sat), examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then meet the residents at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, then examine the collection at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Nagoya journey maker .

You can drive from Takayama to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Takayama in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nagoya, with lows of 7°C. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Sun) before leaving for Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Museums
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Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

Plan trip to Kyoto with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can take a train to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): make a trip to Gojuno To, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Miyajima, and then take in the views from Hiroshima Hatsukaichi Bridge.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Hatsukaichi road trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hatsukaichi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Hatsukaichi can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Gojuno To ©
Gojuno To

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip planner.

Hiroshima is very close to Hatsukaichi. In March, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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Kyoto

Kyoto ©
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then don't miss a visit to Gion, and then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto road trip planning tool .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Gion
Gion
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Explore Tokyo further: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, and wander the streets of Odaiba.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary builder app .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Ueno Park ©
Ueno Park
Shibuya Crossing ©
Shibuya Crossing

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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 21st (Thu), admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then get great views at Hakone Ropeway, then explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally take in the pleasant sights at Hakone Stone‐paved Road.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hakone-machi trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in March, you will find days in Hakone-machi are a bit cooler (9°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Hakone Ropeway ©
Hakone Ropeway

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nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 22nd (Fri), wander the streets of Akihabara, get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, then examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, then ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower and then make a trip to Imperial Palace.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tokyo tour itinerary maker app .

Drive from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in March: highs in Tokyo hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 7°C. On the 23rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Narita.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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Narita

Narita ©
Pilgrims and aviators come to Narita, a town known during the Edo period for its temple, and now known primarily for its airport.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gaku-do, then don't miss a visit to Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple Issaikyodo, and finally stroll through Naritasan Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Narita trip planner.

Drive from Tokyo to Narita in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Tokyo in March since evenings lows in Narita dip to 3°C. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Narita

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Naritasan Omote Sando ©
Naritasan Omote Sando
Naritasan Park ©
Naritasan Park

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