15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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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 11th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, then wander the streets of Dotombori District, and finally make a trip to Hōzen-ji Temple. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Kofuku-ji Temple 5 Stories Pagoda, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka road trip app.

Paris, France to Osaka is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 8 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Paris in May, with highs in Osaka at 29°C and lows at 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Wildlife

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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 Kiyomizu-dera Temple will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kinkaku-ji and Arashiyama. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Jindoji Temple (in Kizugawa), Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Byodoin (in Uji). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, get to know the fascinating history of Katsura Imperial Villa, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Genkoan.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto road trip planning app.

Getting from Osaka to Kyoto by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips


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A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
You've now added Onsen Resorts to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, steep yourself in history at Former Catholic Church Priest House, steep yourself in history at Kaichi Gakko Primary School, explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, then get into the urban bustle at Nakamachi Kurassic-kan, and finally take a stroll through Nakamachi Street.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Matsumoto online travel planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Matsumoto takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Spas · Baths


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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.
Popular historic sites such as Senso-ji Temple and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Odaiba District and Tokyo National Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Sankeien Gardens (in Yokohama) and Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple & Kōtoku-in). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Ginza, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip planner.

Getting from Matsumoto to Tokyo by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. May in Tokyo sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

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.