15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: St. Croix
Fly + train:  31​h
1
Kobe
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
2
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Tokyo
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  21​h 45​min
End: St. Croix

2
nights
Kobe

Kobe ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Otsuka Museum of Art and Arima Onsen. Head to Kobe Harborland and Kobe Tetsujin Sangokushi Galleryfor plenty of shopping. When in Kobe, make a side trip to see Himeji Castle in Himeji, approximately 1h 10 min away. There's more to do: examine the collection at Kawasaki Good Times World and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Maya.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kobe day trip planning site .

St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands to Kobe is an approximately 31-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Atlantic Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 13 hours. In August, daytime highs in Kobe are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Otsuka Museum of Art, Himeji Castle
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Otsuka Museum of Art ©
Otsuka Museum of Art
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Kawasaki Good Times World ©
Kawasaki Good Times World

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then take a stroll through Minami (Namba), then get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hōzen-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Hozenji Yokocho, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, then browse the different shops at Universal City Walk Osaka, and finally shop like a local with Hankyu Umeda Main Store.

Plan trip to Osaka with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Osaka is very close to Kobe. When traveling from Kobe in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Osaka, with highs around 39°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nanzen-ji Temple. Visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Tofuku-ji Temple for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanzen-in Temple, contemplate the long history of Ninna-ji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto day trip app .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

4
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.
Popular historic sites such as Asakusa Shrine and Tokyo National Museum are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Nezu Shrine and Samurai Museum. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, examine the collection at Fire Museum, wander the streets of Kitchen Town (Kappabashi), and explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo day trip planning website .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Tokyo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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