15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
2
Nikko
— 1 night
3
Tokyo
— 2 nights
4
Shizuoka
— 2 nights
5
Osaka
— 3 nights
6
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
7
Kyoto
— 1 night

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.
On the 5th (Thu), ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Ibaraki Airport / JASDF Hyakuri Air Base. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

1
night
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Ryuzu Waterfall, take in the dramatic scenery at Kegon Falls, steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and finally view the masterpieces at Kousyuuya.

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Drive from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Nikko, ranging from highs of 11°C to lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ryuzu Waterfall ©
Ryuzu Waterfall
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): wander the streets of Akihabara, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, then get in on the family fun at Tokyo DisneySea, and finally wander the streets of Takeshita Street. On your second day here, wander the streets of Asakusa, get to know the resident critters at Ueno Zoo, then get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, then don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and finally admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online trip builder.

Drive from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nikko in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 4°C in Tokyo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Shizuoka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
Highlights from your plan
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace

2
nights
Shizuoka

Shizuoka ©
With its upmarket shopping districts and scenic coastal landscape, Shizuoka stands as the main urban area of a province often referred to as Japan's riviera.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then head outdoors with Miho Seacoast (Miho no Matsubara Beach), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kunozan Toshogu Shrine, and finally look for gifts at Yaizu Sakana Center. Keep things going the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Kakegawa Kachouen, make a trip to Kakegawa Castle Tower, get to know the resident critters at Nihondaira Zoo, then admire the masterpieces at Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, and finally step into the grandiose world of Shizuoka castle.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Shizuoka trip planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Shizuoka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Shizuoka, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Shizuoka

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Kakegawa, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Yaizu Sakana Center
Highlights from your plan
Miho Seacoast (Miho no Matsubara Beach) ©
Miho Seacoast (Miho no Matsubara Beach)
Kunozan Toshogu Shrine ©
Kunozan Toshogu Shrine
Kakegawa Castle Tower ©
Kakegawa Castle Tower

3
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Todaiji Temple Cultural Center and Kobe Fashion Museum. Head to Dotombori District and Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Streetfor some retail therapy. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum (in Kobe) and Nara (Nara Park, Nigatsu-do Temple, &more). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and stop by Jikko Cutlery Sakai.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary maker tool.

You can take a train from Shizuoka to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Osaka when traveling from Shizuoka in December, with lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Kobe, The World Money Box Museum, Jikko Cutlery Sakai
Highlights from your plan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, and then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, then see the sky in a new way at Hiroshima Children's Museum, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima visit planner.

Take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

1
night
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 18th (Wed): wander the streets of Gion, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the world behind art at Hosomi Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design, and finally shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Art Postcard Gallery and Shop Kyoto Benrido, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and finally explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kyoto travel planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kyoto are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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