15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Mexico City
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Izu
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Nara
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Mexico City

2
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 Lake Kawaguchi. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kawaguchi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kanda Myojin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, wander the streets of Ueno, then wander the streets of Ginza, and finally stop by Ginza Itoya Hontren. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Sengaku-ji Temple, take a stroll through Kichijoji, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jindai-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Engaku-ji Temple.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tokyo tour itinerary planner.

Mexico City, Mexico to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Mexico City to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Mexico City in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Tokyo, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Izu.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Jindai-ji Temple, Lake Kawaguchi, Kichijoji, Engaku-ji Temple
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Ueno ©
Ueno
Engaku-ji Temple ©
Engaku-ji Temple
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

1
night
Izu

Izu ©
Izu sits in the center of the mountainous Izu Peninsula.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Daruma, take a memorable drive along Nishiizu Skyline, contemplate the long history of Mt. Amagi Tunnel (Former Amagi Tunnel), then take in the dramatic scenery at Joren Waterfall, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Baird Brewery Gardens Shusenji.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Izu day trip planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Izu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Izu when traveling from Tokyo in November, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Izu

Parks Nature Breweries & Distilleries
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Joren Waterfall ©
Joren Waterfall
Mt. Amagi Tunnel (Former Amagi Tunnel) ©

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Horyu-ji Temple and Hase-dera Temple. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Toshodai-ji Temple and Nigatsu-do Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Nara side-trips: Asuka-dera Temple (in Asuka-mura), Sakurai (Omiwa Shrine & Tanzan Shrine) and Koya-cho (Koyasan Daishi Kyokai, Kongobu-ji Temple, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Yakushi-ji Temple, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Harushika Brewery, and take in nature's colorful creations at Isuien Garden.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Nara trip planning website .

Drive from Izu to Nara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Izu in November, expect little chillier with lows of 13°C in Nara. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Sakurai, Koya-cho, Kashihara Jingu, Asuka-dera Temple, Horyu-ji Temple
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Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan

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.
To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by train from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping
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Shimogamo Jinja ©
Shimogamo Jinja
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple

5
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Get in touch with nature at Mt. Takao and Mt. Mitake. Get some cultural insight at Mitsumine Shrine (Chichibu) and Yanaka. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kashima Jingū Shrine (in Kashima), Samukawa Shrine (in Samukawa-machi) and Oyama Afuri Shrine (in Isehara). See even more of Tokyo: contemplate the long history of Kencho-ji Temple, take a stroll through Kabukicho, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hie Jinjya, and don't miss a visit to Naritasan Omote Sando.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip website .

Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Kamakura, Samukawa Shrine, Mt. Takao, Mitsumine Shrine, Naritasan Omote Sando
Highlights from your plan
Takeshita Street ©
Takeshita Street
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

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