15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Osaka
— 4 nights
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
3
Tokyo
— 6 nights

4
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Nara Park, &more) and Himeji (Koko-en, Himeji Castle, &more). There's still lots to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and wander the streets of Dotombori District.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Osaka trip planner.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Osaka is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Traveling from Jakarta to Osaka, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Jakarta in January, expect Osaka to be colder, temps between °C and °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Himeji
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

4
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.
Bring the kids along to Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Gion. Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Todai-ji Temple in Nara--about 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, make a trip to Heian Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kyoto journey planning website.

Getting from Osaka to Kyoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Kyoto are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

6
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Skytree. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo holiday builder.

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In January in Tokyo, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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