15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 7 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Vancouver

7
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Ueno, Ueno Park, Ueno Zoo, and other attractions.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Tokyo journey planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Vancouver to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Vancouver in August; daily highs in Tokyo reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo 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.
Osaka is known for historic sites, theme parks, parks, shopping, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Dotonbori, make a trip to Kuromon Market, and get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Osaka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street
Kuromon Market ©
Kuromon Market

3
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, wander the streets of Gion, and make a trip to Arashiyama.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online day trip planner .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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