15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  1​h
4
Nara
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Toyooka
— 2 nights
train:  5​h 30​min
6
Tokyo
— 1 night
train + bus:  2​h
7
Hakone-machi
— 1 day
bus + train:  2​h
8
Tokyo
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
9
Kamakura
— 1 day
train:  1​h 30​min
10
Tokyo
— 1 night
End: Tokyo

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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, take a stroll through Akihabara, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary maker tool .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. October in Tokyo sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 30:
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Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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.
Arashiyama Bamboo Grove has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Heian Shrine, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Gion, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Myoko to Kyoto takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In October, daytime highs in Kyoto are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 2:
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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 2nd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senko-ji Temple, then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and finally shop like a local with Dotonbori.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip planner .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. November in Osaka sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Kuromon Market ©
Kuromon Market

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, Shigisan Gyokuzoin, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shigisan Gyokuzoin, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Nara attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In November in Nara, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 52°F at night. On the 4th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Toyooka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Shigisan Gyokuzoin
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 4:
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

2
nights
Toyooka

Toyooka ©
A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): make a trip to Toyooka Fukkokenchikugun and then steep yourself in history at Izushi Castle Town.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Toyooka using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nara to Toyooka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Toyooka can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Toyooka

Historic Sites Parks Baths

Side Trip

Takeda Castle Ruins
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 6:
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Street of Kinosaki Onsen ©
Street of Kinosaki Onsen
Takeda Castle Ruins ©
Takeda Castle Ruins
Onsen Resorts

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, take in a show at Robot Restaurant, and then make a trip to Omoide Yokocho.

To find maps and tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Toyooka to Tokyo takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Thu) before leaving for Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Nightlife Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Robot Restaurant ©
Robot Restaurant
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Omoide Yokocho ©
Omoide Yokocho

1
day
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 7th (Thu), take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hakone-machi journey planner .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 52°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Hakone Ropeway ©
Hakone Ropeway

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo
For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary website .

Traveling by train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in November, you will find days in Tokyo are somewhat warmer (62°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). You'll set off for Kamakura on the 7th (Thu).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 8:

1
day
Kamakura

Kamakura ©
The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), then steep yourself in history at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Kōtoku-in.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kamakura trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kamakura takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Kamakura, ranging from highs of 54°F to lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Ghibli Museum Mitaka.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tokyo travel planning website .

Traveling by train from Kamakura to Tokyo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Kamakura, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 62°F to lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 9:
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Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka

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