15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
train:  5​h
1
Aomori
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
2
Yuzawa
— Few hours
train:  4​h
3
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Narusawa-mura
— 1 day
train:  6​h 30​min
5
Kyoto
— 1 night
train:  30​min
6
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
7
Fukuoka
— 3 nights
ferry:  3​h 15​min
End: Busan

2
nights
Aomori

Aomori
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Aomori driving holiday planner .

Tokyo to Aomori is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tokyo in August, with highs in Aomori at 30°C and lows at 22°C. On the 6th (Mon), you're off toYuzawa.

Things to do in Aomori

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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few
hours
Yuzawa

Yuzawa
Yuzawa is a city located in Akita Prefecture, Japan.As of May 2015, the city has an estimated population of 47,119, and a population density of 59.6 persons per km². To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Yuzawa trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Aomori to Yuzawa takes 4 hours. August in Yuzawa sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yuzawa

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 7:

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Harajuku Takeshita-dori, Kanda Jimbocho Bookstore Area, Ginza, and other attractions you added. Museum-lovers will appreciate Tokyo National Museum and Ghibli Museum. Get some cultural insight at Asakusa and Senso-ji Temple. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Yuzawa to Tokyo by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yuzawa in August: highs in Tokyo hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Narusawa-mura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

1
day
Narusawa-mura

Narusawa-mura
A village at the foothills of Mt.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Erin-ji Temple.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Narusawa-mura trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Narusawa-mura takes 2 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in August: highs in Narusawa-mura hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Narusawa-mura

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Erin-ji Temple
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 11:

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Gion, Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum and Nishiki Market. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, make a trip to Nishiki Market, then examine the collection at Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum, then see the interesting displays at Kyoto International Manga Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Gion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): get great views at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and then take in nature's colorful creations at Shosei-en Garden.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Narusawa-mura to Kyoto takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Narusawa-mura in August, you will find days in Kyoto are somewhat warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Gion
Gion

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.
You've added Osaka Castle, Universal Studios Japan, Video Game Bar Space Station, and other attractions to your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Dotonbori and Osaka Museum of Housing and Living.

Before you visit Osaka, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. You'll set off for Fukuoka on the 15th (Wed).

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

3
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.
Shop till you drop at Tosu Premium Outlets and Tenjin Underground Shopping Center. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kushida Shrine and Fukuoka City Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Ito Sai Sai (in Itoshima) and Dazaifu Temman-gu (in Dazaifu). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Marinoa City Fukuoka.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Fukuoka holiday builder site .

Getting from Osaka to Fukuoka by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. August in Fukuoka sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. On the 18th (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Dazaifu Temmangu, Ito Sai Sai, Tosu Premium Outlets
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Tosu Premium Outlets ©
Tosu Premium Outlets
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine
Fukuoka City Museum ©
Fukuoka City Museum

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