15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Shirakawa-mura
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Takayama
— 1 night
train:  6​h 15​min
5
Hatsukaichi
— 1 night
6
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
7
Osaka
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Manchester

3
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, take a stroll through Odaiba, get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, and explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary planning app .

Manchester, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Manchester to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In October, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Manchester - with highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C. On the 9th (Wed), you're off toKanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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 9th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, then stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, and then admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, don't miss a visit to Higashichaya Old Town, cruise along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, then make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, then see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, and finally don't miss a visit to Omicho Market.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa online day trip planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. You'll set off for Shirakawa-mura on the 11th (Fri).

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen. On the 11th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Wada House, get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, go for a walk through Deai Bridge, then contemplate the long history of Akiba Shrine, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Tenshukakau Observatory.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Shirakawa-mura online trip maker .

You can drive from Kanazawa to Shirakawa-mura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Shirakawa-mura, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Museums Historic Sites
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Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Tenshukakau Observatory ©
Tenshukakau Observatory
Wada House ©
Wada 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 12th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, then learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and finally hunt for treasures at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Takayama trip planner .

You can drive from Shirakawa-mura to Takayama in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. October in Takayama sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C at night. You'll set off for Hatsukaichi on the 13th (Sun).

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

1
night
Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
You've now added Miyajima to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): snap pictures at Kintaikyo no Ukai.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Hatsukaichi travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Takayama to Hatsukaichi takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In October in Hatsukaichi, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Kintaikyo no Ukai
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Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Mikasahama Beach ©
Mikasahama Beach

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, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and take a stroll through Gion.

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You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan and then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Osaka attractions planner .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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