15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Osaka
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
2
Kyoto
— 1 day
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
4
Nara
— 1 day
train:  1​h
5
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  3​h
6
Tokyo
— 8 nights
End: Tokyo

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.
Keep things going the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, and then take a stroll through Dotonbori.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka route app .

If you are flying in from Kuwait, the closest major airports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. In August in Osaka, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Sat) before leaving for Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Kuromon Market ©
Kuromon Market

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Kyoto itinerary planner .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Heian Shrine ©
Heian Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

3
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nipponbashi Denden Town as well as Shinsekai. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Shinsekai and then take a stroll through Nipponbashi Denden Town.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Osaka travel route planner .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. On the 6th (Tue), you'll travel to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Shinsekai ©
Shinsekai
Nipponbashi Denden Town ©
Nipponbashi Denden Town

1
day
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Yu Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten Japan City Nara Sanjo as well as Yoshikien. Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): look for gifts at Yu Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten Japan City Nara Sanjo, admire the natural beauty at Yoshikien, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, steep yourself in history at Todai-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, and finally identify plant and animal life at Nara Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nara holiday planning app .

You can take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Another option is to drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

1
night
Osaka

Osaka
To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Osaka day trip planning app .

You can take a train from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Another option is to drive. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

8
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 Tsukiji Nippon Fish Port Market, teamLab Borderless, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, and other attractions you added. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, stroll around Ueno Park, and take a stroll through Akihabara.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. August in Tokyo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Tama Zoological Park, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Tama Zoological Park ©
Tama Zoological Park

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