15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Osaka
— 2 nights
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
3
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
4
Kagoshima
— 1 night
5
Tokyo
— 4 nights

2
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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Nara Park & Kasuga Grand Shrine). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Osaka trip planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Osaka is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to Osaka is 8 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Zurich in October, with highs in Osaka at °C and lows at °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nara
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, visit Arashiyama, hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji.

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Getting from Osaka to Kyoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Kyoto are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Fukuoka.

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
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): stroll through Komyozen-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazaifu Tenman-gu, step into the grandiose world of Onojo - Chikuzenkoku, stop by Shimamoto Mentaiko Hakata Ekimae, thenget engrossed in the history at Hakatamachiya Furusatokan, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine. On the 31st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, make a trip to Hakata Station, thentake in the pleasant sights at Fukuoka Tower, thengo for a walk through Ohori Park, and finally browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center.

For photos and tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka tour itinerary site.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Fukuoka in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Dazaifu, Onojo - Chikuzenkoku
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Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum ©
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum
Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park

1
night
Kagoshima

Kagoshima ©
Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
On the 1st (Mon), go for a walk through Sengan-en, thenexplore the world behind art at Nagashima Museum, thencontemplate the geological forces at Sakurajima, and finally don't miss a visit to Temmonkan Mujyaki.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kagoshima online attractions planner.

Getting from Fukuoka to Kagoshima by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In October in Kagoshima, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en
Sakurajima ©
Sakurajima
Nagashima Museum ©
Nagashima Museum

4
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.
Have a day of magic on the 5th (Fri) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take a stroll through Akihabara, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Tokyo online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Kagoshima to Tokyo in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trip

Urayasu
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owlcafe akibafukurou ©
owlcafe akibafukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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