15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Osaka
— Few hours
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Tokyo
— 7 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
4
Osaka
— 1 day
train:  45​min
5
Nara
— Few hours
train:  45​min
6
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Los Angeles

few
hours
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Osaka Museum of Housing and Living.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip itinerary maker site .

Los Angeles, USA to Osaka is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Los Angeles to Osaka, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Osaka are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums
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Osaka Museum of Housing and Living ©

3
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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at Kyoto National Museum and Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market Shopping District, steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and take a stroll through Gion.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kyoto tour planner .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In September in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Gion
Gion
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

7
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Shop till you drop at Ginza and Takeshita Street. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka), Hakone-machi (The Hakone Open-Air Museum & Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)) and Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Odaiba, shop like a local with Asakusa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, and engage your brain at National Museum of Nature and Science.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary maker .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Yokohama Chinatown
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

1
day
Osaka

Osaka ©
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Osaka Museum of History.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Osaka trip planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Osaka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Museum of History ©
Osaka Museum of History

few
hours
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.
On the 19th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Todai-ji Temple, then see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then walk around Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Nara trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Another option is to drive. September in Nara sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Todaiji Temple Cultural Center ©
Todaiji Temple Cultural Center

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, then take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, then wander the streets of Dotonbori, and finally examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Osaka holiday site .

You can take a train from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 21st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum
Highlights from your plan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

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