15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Osaka
— 1 night
Drive
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Kyoto
— 1 night
Train
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Nagoya
Train
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Osaka
— 1 night
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 1 night
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Drive to Komatsu Airport / JASDF Komatsu Air Base, Fly to Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Drive to Tateyama
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Tateyama
— 1 night
Drive
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Nagano
— 1 day
Train
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Karuizawa-machi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Osaka

— 1 night
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 2nd (Mon): savor the flavors at Food & Drink, stroll around Flower Expo Memorial Park Tsurumi Ryokuchi, then examine the collection at National Museum of Ethnology, and finally make a trip to The Symphony Hall. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Rokuen, contemplate the long history of Naramachi Koshino Ie, take an in-depth tour of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokkeji Temple, and finally stop by Ski Proshop TANABE SPORTS.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Osaka driving holiday site.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Osaka is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Western Indonesia Time (WIB) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 2 hours. Traveling from Jakarta in May, expect Osaka to be little chillier, temps between 29°C and 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Tours · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 1 night
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.
On the 4th (Wed), cast your line with Hero Tour Japan, look for gifts at Fuuka-Kimono, take a stroll through Shinbashi Dori, steep yourself in history at Sento Imperial Palace (Sento Gosho), then explore the world behind art at Jotenkaku Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Genkoan.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto visit planning website.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. May in Kyoto sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Nagoya

Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Nagoya trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nagoya in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nagoya: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 20°C at night. You will leave for Osaka on the 4th (Wed).

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Osaka

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): savor the flavors at Food & Drink, take in nature's colorful creations at Sakuya Konohanakan, then stroll around Flower Expo Memorial Park Tsurumi Ryokuchi, and finally don't miss a visit to The Symphony Hall.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka vacation planner.

Take a train from Nagoya to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in May, you will find days in Osaka are somewhat warmer (29°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Osaka

Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Kanazawa

— 1 night
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take a stroll through Teramachi District, examine the collection at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum, stop by Sakuda Honten, pick up some new kitchen skills with In Kanazawa House, then examine the collection at Shinise Memorial Hall, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kanazawa Noh Museum. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa-ken Insectarium, then admire the sheer force of Watagataki Falls, then explore the stunning scenery at Tedori Gorge, and finally get outside with Shishiku Park.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Osaka to Kanazawa by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. Traveling from Osaka in May, things will get a bit cooler in Kanazawa: highs are around 26°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tateyama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Tateyama

— 1 night
Tateyama is a city located in southern Chiba Prefecture, Japan. To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tateyama driving holiday planner.

Explore your travel options from Kanazawa to Tateyama with the Route module. Traveling from Kanazawa in May, Tateyama is a bit warmer at night with lows of 21°C. You will leave for Nagano on the 8th (Sun).

Things to do in Tateyama

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Nagano

— 1 day
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
On the 8th (Sun), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Togakushi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Togakushi Shrine Kuzuryusha, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kotoriga-ike Lake, and finally stroll through Iizuna Highlands Oyachi Marsh.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nagano road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Tateyama to Nagano takes 5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Tateyama in May since evenings lows in Nagano dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Karuizawa-machi.

Things to do in Nagano

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Karuizawa-machi

— 2 nights
The only city in the world to have hosted both summer and winter Olympics, the resort town of Karuizawa-machi boasts clean air, impressive mountain scenery, and many outdoor activities and hot springs.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Nakasendo 69tsugi Museum, browse for treasures at Shinanooiwake Culture Space Aburaya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sentoji Temple, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Karuizawa Union Church, then get engrossed in the history at Karuizawa Station Building Memorial, and finally stop by Karuizawa Bookstore. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Asama Jomon Museum, get engrossed in the history at Oiwakejuku Kyodo Museum, tee off at Taiheiyo Club Karuizawa Resort, then take in the dramatic scenery at Ryugaeshi no Taki Waterfall, then steep yourself in history at Fomer Asabuki Sansohotel Suikyuso Hotel, and finally admire the masterpieces at Fukazawa Koko Nonohana Painting Museum - Fukazawa Koko Nonohana Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Karuizawa-machi trip maker app.

Traveling by train from Nagano to Karuizawa-machi takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Golf

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 5 nights
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center and Hozomon. Get outdoors at Kamakura Hiking Trails and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Venture out of the city with trips to Yokosuka (Verny Park & Yokosuka Museum of Art), Bon Voyage (in Maihama) and Tenen Hiking trail (in Kamakura). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Ota Memorial Museum of Art, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoyogi Hachimangu Shrine, make a trip to Meiji Shrine Imperial Garden, and examine the collection at HARA Model Railway Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo driving holiday planner.

Drive from Karuizawa-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.