15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kobe
— 3 nights
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
3
Tokyo
— 4 nights

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Himeji Castle and Kawasaki Good Times World. Otsuka Museum of Art and Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Go for a jaunt from Kobe to Asago to see Takeda Castle Ruins about 1h 50 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Maya, soak in some Japanese tradition at Arima Onsen, contemplate the long history of Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan-gai), and get a taste of the local shopping with Kobe Harborland.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kobe day trip planning tool.

St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands to Kobe is an approximately 30-hour combination of flight and train. You'll lose 13 hours traveling from St. Croix to Kobe due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Nature Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Takeda Castle Ruins, Otsuka Museum of Art, Himeji Castle
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Mt. Maya
Mt. Maya
Otsuka Museum of Art ©
Otsuka Museum of Art
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

5
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 a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Tofuku-ji Temple. Explore hidden gems such as Tenryuji Temple and Shimogamo Jinja. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Ishibe Alley, and don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary site.

Getting from Kobe to Kyoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Kobe, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan. Nezu Shrine and Senso-ji Temple will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: make a trip to Tokyo National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zojo-ji Temple, stop by Ginza Itoya Hontren, and explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip website.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. August in Tokyo sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. 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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Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

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