15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
2
Takayama
— 3 nights
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
4
Osaka
— 1 night
5
Nara
— 1 night
6
Tokyo
— 2 nights

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center and Kyu Iwasakitei Teien. Step off the beaten path and head to 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT and Shunkaen BONSAI Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Kamakura (Kaizoji Temple, Eishoji Temple, &more), Kawasaki (Ikuta Ryokuchi Park, Nihon Minkaen Japan Open Air Folk House Museum, &more) and Koshu (Kamijo Shuraku, Jiun-ji Temple, &more). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Fire Museum, stop by Kiddy Land Harajuku, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, and try your luck at Tokyo Horse Racetrack.

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

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kamakura, Koshu, Kawasaki, Tokyo Horse Racetrack, Tanashi Shrine
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21 21 DESIGN SIGHT ©
21 21 DESIGN SIGHT
Fire Museum ©
Fire Museum
Nihon Minkaen Japan Open Air Folk House Museum ©

3
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): stop by Shofuen Matsuno Chaho, explore the world behind art at Furui Machinami Museum Kiyoshi Yamashita Gengaten, see the interesting displays at Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), thenexamine the collection at Sakurayama Nikkokan, thenindulge your thirst for a good beer at Watanabe Sake Brewery, and finally explore the world behind art at Hineno Museum & Cafe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hida Ichinomiya Mizunashi Shrine, examine the collection at Hida Takayama Art and Festa Forest, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sukyo Mahikari, thensee the interesting displays at Hida Takayama Teddy Bear Eco Village, thenindulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Soyuji Temple.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Takayama trip planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Takayama in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in October, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Historic Sites Spas

Side Trip

Hida
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Shirakabe Dozogai ©
Shirakabe Dozogai
Hikaru Museum ©
Hikaru Museum

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple).

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Takayama to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Kyoto are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple)
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Yasakanoto ©
Yasakanoto
Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple) ©
Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple)
Entoku-in ©
Entoku-in

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 19th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Tekijuku, take a stroll through Orange Street, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yasui Shrine, thenexpand your horizons at Ninja-Do, thenbrowse the different shops at Namba City, and finally wander the streets of Kitashinchi.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Osaka tour planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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Kitashinchi ©
Kitashinchi
Tekijuku ©
Tekijuku
Yasui Shrine ©
Yasui Shrine

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Naramachi Mechanical Toy Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jurinin Temple, look for all kinds of wild species at Rokuen, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daibutsuden, thenmake a trip to Todaiji Keidaicho, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tokondo. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokkeji Temple, take in the exciting artwork at Akishinokama, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yatadera Temple.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nara trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October in Nara, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow time for the train ride to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Yatadera Temple
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Jurinin Temple ©
Jurinin Temple
Yatadera Temple ©
Yatadera Temple
Naramachi Mechanical Toy Museum ©
Naramachi Mechanical Toy Museum

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at TOKYO Samurai Kembu, stop by Stockplus, see the interesting displays at Nissan Crossing, thenget to know the fascinating history of Fukagawa Edo Museum, thensteep yourself in history at Hozomon, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyu Kaneiji Five-Storied Pagoda.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo holiday planning app.

You can take a train from Nara to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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TOKYO Samurai Kembu ©
TOKYO Samurai Kembu
Hozomon ©
Hozomon
Kyu-Furukawa Gardens ©
Kyu-Furukawa Gardens

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