15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
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Ise
— 1 night
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Nara
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
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Osaka
— 2 nights

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Harajuku Station, Shibuya Crossing and Akihabara. Get some historical perspective at Asakusa Shrine and Senso-ji Temple. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hozomon and Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple). Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Kamakura (Kencho-ji Temple & Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine, take a stroll through Yanaka District, visit Ueno District, and stroll through Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park).

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online trip itinerary planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 8 hours. Traveling from Amsterdam in March, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 17°C and lows about 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Hozomon
4.5
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Historic Site
Nezu Shrine
4.4
Historic Site
Kencho-ji Temple
4.5

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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.
Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Okada Museum of Art, admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then examine the collection at Lalique Museum Hakone, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Choanji Temple.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Hakone-machi trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Ise.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
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Art Museum
Okada Museum of Art
4.1
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Specialty Museum
Lalique Museum Hakone
4.2

1
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Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Yamato-hime Shrine.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Ise online vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Hakone-machi to Ise takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Hakone-machi in April, expect Ise to be somewhat warmer, temps between 19°C and 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Nara.

Things to do in Ise

Highlights from your trip
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Religious Site
Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine
4.2

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Nara

Nara ©

Ancient City

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 next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Todai-ji Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Wakakusa, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally identify plant and animal life at Nara Park.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Nara road trip planning site.

Getting from Ise to Nara by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. April in Nara sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 15°C at night. On the 7th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Nigatsu-do Temple
4.6
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World heritage site
Toshodai-ji Temple
4.5
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Religious Site
Omiwa Shrine
4.4

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and Ninna-ji Temple. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishi Honganji, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, take a stroll through Gion, and make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip tool.

Traveling by car from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Nara in April, expect little chillier with lows of 11°C in Kyoto. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wildlife · Parks
Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Kinkaku-ji
4.4

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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 10th (Fri), take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle and then visit Dotombori District.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Osaka, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Highlights from your trip
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Castle
Osaka Castle
4.0
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Neighborhood
Dotombori District
4.0
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Government Building
Mint Museum
4.2

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