15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Osaka
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
3
Nara
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
4
Fukuoka
— 7 nights
End: Fukuoka

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Osaka Castle, Dotonbori and Universal Studios Japan. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): wander the streets of Dotonbori. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Museum of Oriental Ceramics, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Osaka trip planning tool .

If you are flying in from Philippines, the closest major airports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. On your second day here, take a stroll through Gion, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planning tool .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In July, daytime highs in Kyoto are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Nara.

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
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

2
nights
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then stroll around Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jindoji Temple, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then explore the activities along Saho River, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodaiji Temple.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Nara day trip tool .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of subway and train. July in Nara sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trip

Jindoji Temple
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

7
nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nakasu, Canal City Hakata and Hakozaki-gu. Change things up with these side-trips from Fukuoka: Dazaifu (Dazaifu Temmangu, Kyushu National Museum, & more), Kitakyushu (Kokura Castle & Mojiko Retro) and Komenoyama Obsevatory (in Sasaguri-machi). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, and let little ones run wild at Ohori Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Fukuoka road trip planner.

Getting from Nara to Fukuoka by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Fukuoka are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kitakyushu, Dazaifu, Karato market, Karatsu Castle, Komenoyama Obsevatory
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Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Dazaifu Temmangu
Dazaifu Temmangu
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum ©
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum

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