15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan tour itinerary planner

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Fly to Tokyo Haneda, Train to Kobe
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Kobe
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Kobe

— 2 nights
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Shop till you drop at Kobe Harborland and Kobe Tetsujin Sangokushi Gallery. Museum-lovers will get to explore Otsuka Museum of Art and Kawasaki Good Times World. Step out of Kobe to go to Himeji and see Himeji Castle, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Maya and soak in some Japanese tradition at Arima Onsen.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Kobe trip builder app.

St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands to Kobe is an approximately 30.5-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Atlantic Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 13 hour difference. In August in Kobe, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
On the 6th (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then get a taste of the local shopping with Minami (Namba), then take a stroll through Dotombori District, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hōzen-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Hozenji Yokocho, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, then buy something for everyone on your list at Universal City Walk Osaka, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Hankyu Umeda Honten.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Osaka trip tool.

You can drive from Kobe to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kobe in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Osaka: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Kyoto

— 4 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.
Visit Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Toji. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja, make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, and take in nature's colorful creations at Nanzen-ji Temple.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto online trip maker.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks

Tokyo

— 4 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Edo-Tokyo Museum and Samurai Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan and Nezu Museum. There's still lots to do: explore the galleries of Tokyo National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, make a trip to Nezu Shrine, and take in the exciting artwork at teamLab Borderless.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo online sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In August in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. On the 15th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

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.