15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Takayama
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Taxi + Fly:  6​h
3
Kumamoto
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Osaka
— 4 nights
Train:  30​min
5
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train + Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Dubai

2
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo road trip planning website .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 5 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Dubai in October: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 26°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings ©

2
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, then see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, and then identify plant and animal life at Rail - MTB Gattan Go!!. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, and then wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Takayama trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Tokyo to Takayama in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Outdoors Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Rail Mountain Bike Gattan Go!!
Highlights from your plan
Rail Mountain Bike Gattan Go!! ©
Rail Mountain Bike Gattan Go!!
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

1
night
Kumamoto

Kumamoto ©
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Kumamoto Castle, explore the world behind art at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt.Kinpozan Ichinotake, then admire the natural beauty at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, and finally stop by KUMAMON products Nagataniya.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kumamoto online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Takayama to Kumamoto takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Takayama in October, expect nights in Kumamoto to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mt.Kinpozan Ichinotake
Highlights from your plan
Suizenji Jojuen Garden ©
Suizenji Jojuen Garden
Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto ©
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto

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.
Get in touch with nature at Nara Park and Mt. Koya. Venture out of the city with trips to Himeji (Koko-en Garden & Himeji Castle). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, look for gifts at Four-M, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka vacation site .

Traveling by flight from Kumamoto to Osaka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Osaka are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Himeji, Mt. Koya, Nara Park
Highlights from your plan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Fuuka-Kimono and Yase Momiji no Komichi. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Koshojibetsuin Ryozenhobyo.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto road trip website .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. In October in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fuuka-Kimono ©
Fuuka-Kimono
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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