15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Vilnius
Fly + Train:  13 h
1
Narita
— 1 night
Train:  6 h
2
Nagoya
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
4
Nara
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
5
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
6
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  15 h 30 min
End: Vilnius

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): don't miss a visit to Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple and then don't miss a visit to Naritasan Omote Sando.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Narita road trip planning site .

Vilnius, Lithuania to Narita is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Vilnius to Narita, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Vilnius in July, expect Narita to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Narita

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

2
nights
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 Tokugawa Art Museum as well as Nagoya City Science Museum. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum and then make a trip to Osu Shopping Street.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Nagoya tour itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Narita to Nagoya by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Nagoya are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. On the 26th (Fri), you're off toKyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Nagoya City Science Museum ©
Nagoya City Science Museum
Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Tokugawa Art Museum ©
Tokugawa Art Museum

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Arashiyama. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): go for a walk through Arashiyama. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple and then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in July, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 37°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

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 28th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodaiji Temple, stop by Naramachi Nakanishi Yosaburo, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then get engrossed in the history at Nara National Museum, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Nara trip planner .

Drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of subway and train. In July, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Wildlife Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Nara National Museum
Nara National Museum

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Minoo Park, Mt. Koya and Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter. Get some cultural insight at Dotonbori and Osaka Castle.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Osaka trip itinerary builder website .

Osaka is just a short distance from Nara. In July, daytime highs in Osaka are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Mt. Koya, Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, Minoo Park
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya
Dotombori ©
Dotombori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

5
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Omoide Yokocho, Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street, Shinyokohama Ramen Museum, and other attractions you added. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ginza and National Museum of Nature and Science. Head to Takeshita Street and Asakusafor plenty of shopping. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip builder site .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Shinyokohama Ramen Museum, Aokigahara Forest
Highlights from your plan
Ginza ©
Ginza
Mori Art Museum ©
Mori Art Museum
National Museum of Nature and Science ©

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