15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  24​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— 5 nights
train:  1​h
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
3
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Boston

5
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 Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, and other attractions to your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Dotonbori and Osaka Museum of Housing and Living.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Osaka day trip planning tool .

Boston, USA to Osaka is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Boston to Osaka, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Boston in May, with highs in Osaka at 77°F and lows at 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow time for the train ride to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA ©
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Bamboo Forest Street, Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Okochi Sanso Garden, and other attractions. On the 29th (Wed), take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama Kimono Forest. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, pick up some new knowledge with Camellia Tea Ceremony FLOWER, don't miss a visit to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, then don't miss a visit to Hanamikoji Street, and finally wander the streets of Gion.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kyoto, use our trip itinerary maker.

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. May in Kyoto sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 59°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Sat) before leaving for Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

5
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 list of things to see and do now includes Asakusa Kimono Rental Yae, Asakusa Shrine, Nakamise Shopping Street (Kaminarimon), and other attractions. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ueno and The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Akihabara.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tokyo tour itinerary builder website .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 67°F at night. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji

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