15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train + Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Portland

2
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 Tokyo Skytree as well as Imperial Palace. On the next day, ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, then take a stroll through Yanaka, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

Portland, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 17 hour difference. In February, daytime highs in Tokyo are 51°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. On the 16th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Yanaka ©
Yanaka
Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace

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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Arashiyama, Kinkaku-ji, Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): take in the local highlights with Walking tours and then wander the streets of Pontocho. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then don't miss a visit to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, and finally don't miss a visit to Gion.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In February in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 49°F during the day and 35°F at night. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Gion
Gion
Pontocho ©
Pontocho

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Nara Park, Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, Himeji Castle, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then get to know the fascinating history of Hozenji Yokocho, and finally soothe aching muscles at Arima Onsen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, don't miss a visit to Shinsekai, then wander the streets of Minami (Namba), then get a taste of local nightlife at Magical Trip, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori.

Plan trip to Osaka with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. In February in Osaka, expect temperatures between 49°F during the day and 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Himeji Castle, Arima Onsen, Nara Park
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Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Magical Trip ©
Magical Trip
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

1
night
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lake Kawaguchi. On the 21st (Fri), go for a walk through Lake Kawaguchi.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi attractions planning tool .

You can drive from Osaka to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. When traveling from Osaka in February, plan for a bit cooler days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, with highs around 40°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 36°F. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Nature Parks
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Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi

5
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Anata no Warehouse, Kawasaki, Pokemon Mega Center Tokyo, Todoroki Valley, and other attractions you added. Get some cultural insight at Ueno and Gotokuji Temple. Step off the beaten path and head to Street Kart Akihabara #1 and Harajuku Station. See some other sides of Tokyo: wander the streets of Odaiba, get a taste of the local shopping with Shimokitazawa, and make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in February, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 51°F by day to 36°F at night. On the 27th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Anata no Warehouse, Kawasaki
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Ueno ©
Ueno

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