15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 1 night
Drive
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Yokohama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Izu
— 1 night
Fly
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Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
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Tokyo

— 1 night
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.
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Mexico City, Mexico to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Mexico City to Tokyo, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mexico City in November, you will find days in Tokyo are slightly colder (19°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). You'll set off for Yokohama on the 18th (Thu).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Yokohama

— 2 nights
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): stroll through Kamakura Hiking Trails, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sasuke Inari Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sugimotodera Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kakuonji Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Yokohama Chinatown, get to know the fascinating history of Kishamichi Promenade, steep yourself in history at Nipponmaru Memorial Park, then take a stroll through Yokohama Minato Mirai 21, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Yokohama World Porters.

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Drive from Tokyo to Yokohama in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Yokohama are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Izu.

Things to do in Yokohama

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Izu

— 1 night
Izu sits in the center of the mountainous Izu Peninsula.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shuzen-ji Temple, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Baird Brewery Gardens Shuzenji, then look for gifts at Kotobashi Seika Amagi Honten, and finally steep yourself in history at Juyobunkazai Ekawatei.

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You can take a train from Yokohama to Izu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Izu when traveling from Yokohama in November, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Takayama.

Things to do in Izu

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping

Side Trip

Takayama

— 2 nights
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Shirakawago and Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine. Visit Suganuma Gassho Community and Sukyo Mahikari for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Takayama: Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses & Ogimachi). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum, stop by Sanmachi Suji, admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, and look for gifts at Hida Bussankan.

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Traveling by flight from Izu to Takayama takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Izu in November, plan for slightly colder nights in Takayama, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Nara

— 3 nights

Ancient City

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nigatsu-do Temple and Horyu-ji Temple. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Toshodai-ji Temple and Kofuku-ji Temple. Take a break from Nara with a short trip to Chuguji Temple in Ikaruga-cho, about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Nara National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Joruri Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Wakakusa, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

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Drive from Takayama to Nara in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Takayama in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nara, with lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 2 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.
To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Spas

Tokyo

— 2 nights
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kokyo Gaien National Garden and Senso-ji Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Jindai-ji Temple and Kanda Myojin. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi) and Mt. Takao (in Hachioji). Enjoy Tokyo some more: indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, browse the different shops at Diver City Tokyo Plaza, look for gifts at Ginza Itoya Hontren, and stop by Ginza.

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You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.