15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan vacation planner

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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Shimoda
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Kyoto

— 5 nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Osaka Castle. Get outdoors at Hero Tour Japan and 株式会社 MATATABI. Venture out of the city with trips to Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Tobita Shinchi (in Osaka). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, contemplate the long history of Kyoto Imperial Palace, and wander the streets of Gion.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kyoto visit planner.

Paris, France to Kyoto is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to Kyoto is 8 hours. Traveling from Paris in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Kyoto: highs are around 39°C and lows about 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Shimoda.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Shimoda

— 4 nights
On a trip to Shimoda, a small town nestled on the tip of the Izu peninsula, you can take advantage of the scenic sandy beaches and soak in the laid-back atmosphere.
Visiting Mount Fuji and Inatori Ukiuki Beach will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Shimoda: Nishiizu-cho (Otago Beach & Futo Beach), Toi Beach (in Izu) and Mihamasaki Cape (in Numazu). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Tatadohama Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nabetahama Beach, and explore the activities along Shirahama Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Shimoda day trip planning website.

Getting from Kyoto to Shimoda by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Kyoto in August, you will find days in Shimoda are little chillier (34°C), and nights are about the same (30°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shimoda

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Odaiba District, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and stop by Ginza.

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You can drive from Shimoda to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums · Parks

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.