15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip itinerary maker

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Fly
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Nikko
— 1 day
Drive
3
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Bus to Odawara, Train to Kanazawa
5
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Drive
6
Takayama
— 2 nights
Train
7
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
8
Nara
— 1 day
Drive
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly

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Tokyo

— 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Burlesque Annex Yavay as well as Akihabara. Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): see the interesting displays at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, stop by Asakusa, then get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, then join in the after-dark buzz at Magical Trip Tokyo Bar Hopping Night Food Tours, and finally catch an entertaining show at Burlesque Annex Yavay. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at The National Art Center, Tokyo, wander the streets of Takeshita Street, then get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, then stop by Akihabara, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Chiyoda Nyan To Naru Cafe.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online trip builder.

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Tokyo is 9 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from London in March; daily highs in Tokyo reach 17°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Nightlife · Museums

Side Trip

Nikko

— 1 day
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Onsen Resorts has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Rinno-ji Temple, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, and finally contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Nikko itinerary planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Nikko by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for little chillier days in Nikko, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites · Spas · Baths

Tokyo

— 2 nights
You've now added Akihabara to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza, visit Akihabara, then explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

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Drive from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nikko in April, you will find days in Tokyo are somewhat warmer (22°C), and nights are a bit cooler (12°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Hakone-machi

— 1 night
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, take an in-depth tour of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, then contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally take a memorable drive along Shakushi Toge.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 13°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Mon) before leaving for Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Spas

Side Trip

Kanazawa

— 1 night
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): stop by Yamato Soy Sauce Higashiyama and then wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Kanazawa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, then take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, and finally make a trip to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the eclectic array of goods at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, then stop by Sanmachi Suji, and then examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Takayama trip planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Takayama by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, buy something for everyone on your list at Kyoto Station Building, hike along Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum, then explore the world behind art at Hosomi Museum, then make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto tour builder website.

Getting from Takayama to Kyoto by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Kyoto are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Nara

— 1 day

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): walk around Nara Park, contemplate the long history of Todai-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, take an in-depth tour of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, and finally get interesting insight from Japan Tour Adventure in Nara.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Nara trip planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Kyoto in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 15°C in Nara. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then browse the exhibits of Mint Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Osaka Museum of History, and finally wander the streets of Dotombori District.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Osaka trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nara to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nara in April, expect little chillier with lows of 12°C in Osaka. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · 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.