15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Osaka
1
Osaka
— 6 nights
train:  45​min
2
Nara
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
3
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
4
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  30​min
5
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
End: Osaka

6
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.
Get some cultural insight at Dotonbori and Himeji Castle. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street and Grand Front Osaka. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Chuo (Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) & Tairyuji Temple), Mt. Koya (in Koya-cho) and Koko-en (in Himeji). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, explore the landscape on two wheels at Unitopia Sasayama, and admire the verdant scenery at Mukogawa Valley.

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If you are flying in from Thailand, the closest major airports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kobe, Kyoto, Himeji, Lake Biwa Sosui-no Sakura, Mukogawa Valley
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Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): learn and have fun at Waplus Nara, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, buy something for everyone on your list at Nara Family, take a peaceful walk through Kasugayama, browse for treasures at NaraKimono Rental Fuji, then look for gifts at Yu Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten Japan City Nara Sanjo, and finally get your game on at Wata Wata Owl Cafe.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Nara trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

3
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ginza and Gallery Marusan. Get outdoors at Yokohama Nature Sanctuary and Katabira-gawa Shinsui Ryokudo. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Takeshita Street, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Nara to Tokyo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. December in Tokyo sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Yokohama
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

1
night
Osaka

Osaka ©
On the 31st (Tue), wander the streets of Minami (Namba).

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Osaka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Shopping
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Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)

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.
Head to Nishiki Market Shopping District and Fuuka-Kimonofor some retail therapy. Get some cultural insight at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, and wander the streets of Gion.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto route site .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In December, daytime highs in Kyoto are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to take a train back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Gion
Gion

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