15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kyoto
— 4 nights
2
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
3
Shirakawa-mura
— 1 day
4
Takayama
— 1 night
5
Nagoya
— 2 nights
6
Nara
— 1 night
7
Osaka
— 3 nights

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Arashiyama, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and stop by Hashiya Kaede.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto road trip app.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Kyoto is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. In November, Kyoto is colder than Kuala Lumpur - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 23rd (Mon), don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri, thenmake a trip to Omicho Market, and finally steep yourself in history at Oyama Shrine. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, make a trip to Higashiyama Higashi Chaya District, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, thenstop by Amanatto Kawamura, and finally see the interesting displays at Dolls Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa trip planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

1
day
Shirakawa-mura

Shirakawa-mura ©
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
On the 25th (Wed), enjoy breathtaking views from Tenshukakau Observatory, take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, thencontemplate the long history of Wada House, thensteep yourself in history at Nagase house, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Shirakawa-mura trip itinerary site.

Getting from Kanazawa to Shirakawa-mura by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In November in Shirakawa-mura, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites Museums
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Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Nagase house ©
Nagase house

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): hunt for treasures at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), thencontemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, and finally wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Takayama trip site.

Drive from Shirakawa-mura to Takayama in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in November, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Nagoya.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato) ©
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji

2
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Nagoya Castle, thenengage your brain at Nagoya City Science Museum, thenmake a trip to Osu Shopping Street, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Tokugawa Art Museum and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Nagoya trip maker site.

You can drive from Takayama to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Nagoya can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Nara.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Tokugawa Art Museum ©
Tokugawa Art Museum
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

1
night
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.
To find photos and more tourist information, refer to the Nara trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Nagoya to Nara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Highlights from your plan
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, look for gifts at Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori, get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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