15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 30​min
2
Fuji
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
3
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Bus + Train:  1​h
4
Kamakura
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 15​min
5
Nagoya
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 30​min
7
Shirahama-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Yura-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
9
Koya-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Nara
— 1 night
Train:  30​min
11
Osaka
— 1 night
Train:  30​min
12
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles

1
night
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.
On the 10th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Tokiwakimon Samurai Museum and then examine the collection at Samurai Museum.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner .

Los Angeles, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 17 hour difference. In June, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Fuji.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokiwakimon Samurai Museum
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

1
night
Fuji

Fuji ©
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. On the 12th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then look for gifts at Tago no Tsuki Honten.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Fuji online travel planner .

Getting from Tokyo to Fuji by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. While traveling from Tokyo, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Fuji, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Fuji

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine ©
Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine

1
night
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 13th (Thu), explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, explore the world behind art at Pola Museum of Art, then see the interesting displays at Lalique Museum Hakone, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kuzuryu Shrine, and finally steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

You can plan Hakone-machi trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can drive from Fuji to Hakone-machi in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Fuji in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 65°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kamakura.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
Lalique Museum Hakone ©
Lalique Museum Hakone

1
night
Kamakura

Kamakura ©
The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Kotoku-in (Great Buddha of Kamakura), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), and finally contemplate the long history of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kamakura attractions tool .

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Kamakura in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In June, daytime highs in Kamakura are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

1
night
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
On the 15th (Sat), see the interesting displays at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, then see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum, and finally get curious at Nagoya City Science Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Nagoya day trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Kamakura to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In June, daytime highs in Nagoya are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
SCMAGLEV and Railway Park ©
SCMAGLEV and Railway Park

1
night
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, and finally don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nachikatsura-cho trip planner.

Getting from Nagoya to Nachikatsura-cho by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. In June, daytime highs in Nachikatsura-cho are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Shirahama-cho.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Seigantoji Temple ©
Seigantoji Temple
Hirou Shrine ©
Hirou Shrine

1
night
Shirahama-cho

Shirahama-cho ©
A popular resort town with many hot springs and long, man-made white sand beaches, Shirahama-cho draws scores of tourists.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Shinjo Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Shirarahama Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Shirahama-cho trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Shirahama-cho in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Shirahama-cho can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yura-cho.

Things to do in Shirahama-cho

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Shinjo Park
Highlights from your plan
Shirarahama Beach ©
Shirarahama Beach
Shinjo Park ©
Shinjo Park

1
night
Yura-cho

Yura-cho ©
On the 18th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kokokuji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dojoji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rensen-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Kyosen-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasaneyama Kannon, and finally don't miss a visit to Ena Hachiman Shrine.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Yura-cho trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Shirahama-cho to Yura-cho takes 3 hours. In June, daytime highs in Yura-cho are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Yura-cho

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dojoji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kokokuji Temple ©
Kokokuji Temple
Rensen-ji Temple ©
Rensen-ji Temple
Ena Hachiman Shrine ©
Ena Hachiman Shrine

1
night
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Koyasan Danjo Garan, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongobu-ji Temple, then examine the collection at Koyasan Reihokan Museum, and finally stroll the grounds of Koyasan Okunoin.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Koya-cho trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Yura-cho to Koya-cho takes 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Koyasan Reihokan Museum ©
Koyasan Reihokan Museum

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Todai-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Nara online visit planner .

You can drive from Koya-cho to Nara in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in June, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then wander the streets of Shinsaibashi, and then take a stroll through Dotonbori.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Osaka online road trip planner .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Nara. Traveling from Nara in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Osaka, with lows of 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Yasaka Shrine, take a stroll through Gion, and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto road trip website .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. In June, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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