15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train + bus:  2​h
2
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + train:  5​h
3
Ise
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Nara
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
5
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
6
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Amsterdam

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Harajuku Station, Shibuya Crossing and Akihabara. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Asakusa Shrine and Nezu Shrine. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kencho-ji Temple and Sensō-ji. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) & Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Yanaka, take in the pleasant sights at Hozomon, and kick back and relax at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park).

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo road trip planner .

Amsterdam, Holland to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in March: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 17°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Kamakura
Highlights from your plan
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)

2
nights
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): explore the world behind art at Okada Museum of Art, explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then examine the collection at Lalique Museum Hakone, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Choanji Temple.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hakone-machi online holiday planner .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 13°C. On the 4th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Ise.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Okada Museum of Art ©
Okada Museum of Art
Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine ©
Lalique Museum Hakone ©
Lalique Museum Hakone

1
night
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.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Ise trip planner .

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Ise in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in April: high temperatures in Ise hover around 19°C and lows are around 18°C. On the 5th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine ©
Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine

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.
Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodaiji Temple, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Wakakusa, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally stroll around Nara Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Nara trip maker app .

Getting from Ise to Nara by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Sakurai
Highlights from your plan
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Omiwa Shrine ©
Omiwa Shrine

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ninna-ji Temple and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Daigo-ji Temple. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and make a trip to Gion.

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Traveling by train from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Traveling from Nara in April, Kyoto is slightly colder at night with lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Ninna-ji Temple ©
Ninna-ji Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle and then take a stroll through Dotonbori.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip planning tool .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Hozenji Yokocho ©
Hozenji Yokocho
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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