15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel planner

Make it your trip
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 1 night
Drive
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Osaka

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, get engrossed in the history at Osaka Museum of History, then walk around Nakanoshima Park, then make a trip to The Symphony Hall, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Hankyu Umeda Honten. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hōzen-ji Temple, then awaken your taste buds at Kampai Sake Tours, and finally contemplate the long history of Tekijuku.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Osaka travel route tool.

Kansas City, USA to Osaka is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kansas City to Osaka is 15 hours. October in Osaka sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries · Tours

Side Trip

Nara

— 1 night

Ancient City

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.
On the 5th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Joruri Temple, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, then admire the natural beauty at Isuien Garden, then take in nature's colorful creations at Yoshikien, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Nara itinerary planner.

Getting from Osaka to Nara by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. October in Nara sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kyoto Insider Sake Experience and Spas. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take a stroll through Gion, and don't miss a visit to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods · Breweries & Distilleries

Tokyo

— 7 nights
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Food Tours and Hotel New Otani Japanese Garden. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Sky Garden (in Minatomirai) and Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal (in Yokohama). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, explore the world behind art at The National Art Center, Tokyo, relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, and browse the exhibits of KidZania Tokyo.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Tokyo are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

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.