15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Osaka
— 2 nights
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
3
Nara
— 2 nights
4
Kobe
— 1 night
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
6
Tokyo
— 4 nights

2
nights
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.
On the 2nd (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, see the interesting displays at Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, thenexamine the collection at Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda, thenadmire the masterpieces at Koji Kinutani Tenku Art Museum, and finally examine the collection at Mizuno Sportology Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, see the interesting displays at The World Money Box Museum, thenstop by Dotombori District, and finally wander the streets of Minami (Namba).

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip planner.

Tokyo to Osaka is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Osaka are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda, The World Money Box Museum
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum ©
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market Shopping District and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, thenexplore the world behind art at Hosomi Museum, and then take a stroll through Gion.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary maker site.

Take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Gion
Gion

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, thensee the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, and finally stop by Yu Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten Japan City Nara Sanjo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Byodoin, examine the collection at Kurozuka Kofun Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine.

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Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Nara can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Kurozuka Kofun Museum, Byodoin
Highlights from your plan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Arima Onsen, examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Kobe Chuo Church, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ikuta Shrine, and finally take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kobe trip planning tool.

You can drive from Nara to Kobe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. March in Kobe sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites Baths Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Ikuta Shrine ©
Ikuta Shrine
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum ©
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Miyajima, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, thenstep into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by train from Kobe to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. March in Hiroshima sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Miyajima
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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.
Let the collections at Tokyo National Museum and The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures capture your imagination. Head to Ginza and Asakusafor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and Hakone-machi (The Hakone Open-Air Museum & Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, wander the streets of Odaiba District, shop like a local with Takeshita Street, and don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo road trip planning site.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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