15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
train:  2​h 30​min
1
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
3
Nara
— 1 night
train:  3​h
4
Koya-cho
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  1​h
6
Himeji
— 1 day
train:  1​h
7
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  15​min
8
Hatsukaichi
— 1 night
train:  15​min
9
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  5​h
10
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
bus + train:  1​h 15​min
11
Tokyo
— 1 night
End: Tokyo

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ainokura Gassho Community and Natadera Temple. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Zuiryuji Temple (in Takaoka), The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses (in Shirakawa-mura) and Gokayama (in Nanto). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fudosonkorin Temple.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa road trip tool .

Tokyo to Kanazawa is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. November in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nanto, Zuiryuji Temple, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Natadera Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Zuiryuji Temple ©
Zuiryuji Temple

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sanzen-in Temple and Shimogamo Jinja. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, admire the masterpieces at Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Genkoan, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto road trip planning app .

Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Sanzen-in Temple ©
Sanzen-in Temple

1
night
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, admire the striking features of Nara National Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, then admire the natural beauty at Yoshikien, and finally appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nara trip planner .

Take a train from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. In November, daytime highs in Nara are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Sat) before leaving for Koya-cho.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple

1
night
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
On the 23rd (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Torodo Temple, don't miss a visit to Daishino Koshikakeishi, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saito, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongosanmaiin.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Koya-cho visit planning app .

Drive from Nara to Koya-cho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Sun) before leaving for Osaka.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Torodo Temple ©
Torodo Temple
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya
Kongosanmaiin ©
Kongosanmaiin

1
night
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 24th (Sun): find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan and then have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Koya-cho to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Koya-cho in November, Osaka is little chillier at night with lows of 10°C. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

1
day
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura, contemplate the long history of Himeji Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, and finally contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Himeji trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in Himeji, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mt. Takamikura, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Nishi no Maru ©
Nishi no Maru

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip website .

Getting from Himeji to Hiroshima by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In November in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. You will leave for Hakone-machi on the 26th (Tue).

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks Historic Sites Museums

1
night
Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Miyajima has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): get outside with Paddle Park, then make a trip to Miyajima, and then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the views from Kintaikyo no Ukai, then delve into the lush surroundings at Misen Wild Woods, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Misen.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Hatsukaichi tour itinerary builder website .

Hatsukaichi is just a stone's throw from Hiroshima. In November, daytime highs in Hatsukaichi are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Kintaikyo no Ukai
Highlights from your plan
Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Mt. Misen ©
Mt. Misen

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima day trip site .

Hiroshima is just a short distance from Hatsukaichi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple

1
night
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 28th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), then explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and then walk around Onshi Hakone Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, see the interesting displays at Lalique Museum Hakone, then admire the masterpieces at Hakone Museum of Art, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kintoki, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Choanji Temple.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi tour itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Hakone-machi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Hiroshima in November, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Hakone Museum of Art ©
Hakone Museum of Art
Lalique Museum Hakone ©
Lalique Museum Hakone

1
night
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.
On the 30th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Happoen Garden.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo road trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in November, plan for a bit warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks
Highlights from your plan
Happoen Garden ©
Happoen Garden

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