15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel route planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Kyoto
— 1 night
Fly
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Hakodate
— 3 nights
Fly to Tokyo Haneda, Train to Shimoda
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Shimoda
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly

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Kyoto

— 1 night
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 more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto day trip planning tool.

Bengaluru, India to Kyoto is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll lose 3.5 hours traveling from Bengaluru to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Bengaluru in December, with highs in Kyoto at 13°C and lows at 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Kyoto

Museums
Highlights from your trip

Hakodate

— 3 nights

City of Lights

A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Hakodate City Northern Pacific Fishery's Document Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: hunt for treasures at Hakodate Morning Market, then try your luck at Hakodate Horse Racetrack, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trappist Monasteries.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hakodate holiday planner.

You can fly from Kyoto to Hakodate in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kyoto in December, things will get a bit cooler in Hakodate: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Shimoda.

Things to do in Hakodate

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Casinos

Side Trip

Shimoda

— 3 nights
On a trip to Shimoda, a small town nestled on the tip of the Izu peninsula, you can take advantage of the scenic sandy beaches and soak in the laid-back atmosphere.
On the 17th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Shirahama Jinja Shrine, browse the fresh offerings at Minato no Asaichi Market, Inatori Port, and then get to know the fascinating history of Akasaki Boardwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Kisami Ohama Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Iritahama Beach, and then steep yourself in history at Murakami Gasshozukuri Mingeikan.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Shimoda online trip planner.

Getting from Hakodate to Shimoda by combination of flight and train takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakodate in December: highs in Shimoda hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 11°C. On the 19th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shimoda

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 5 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ueno District and Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park). Get some historical perspective at Senso-ji Temple and Imperial Palace. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Ikspiari in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, wander the streets of Asakusa, make a trip to Kappabashi Street (Kappabashi Dogugai), and visit Kagurazaka.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Shimoda to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Shimoda in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 4°C in Tokyo. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.