15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Universal Studios Japan as well as Osaka Castle. On the 11th (Mon), wander the streets of Dotombori District, thentake in panoramic vistas at Harukas 300 Observation Deck, and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): shop like a local with Hankyu Umeda Honten, steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Hozenji Yokocho.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Osaka planning website.

Ubud, Indonesia to Osaka is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ubud to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ubud in May, things will get slightly colder in Osaka: highs are around °C and lows about °C. On the 13th (Wed), you'll travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Nigatsu-do Temple
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple

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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.
Kinkaku-ji and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Daigo-ji Temple and Kyoto Gyoen National Garden. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, stop by Gion, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and look for gifts at Ippodo Tea Kyoto.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto holiday planning website.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in May, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu 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.
On the 16th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Horyu-ji Temple, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Omiwa Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Sanjodori Street and then get engrossed in the history at Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Nara trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nara when traveling from Kyoto in May, with lows around °C. On the 17th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Gotemba.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Sakurai, Horyu-ji Temple
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Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Omiwa Shrine ©
Omiwa Shrine

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nights
Gotemba

Gotemba ©
Trips to Gotemba, a city at the foot of Mount Fuji, offer plenty of opportunities to admire Japan's most famous natural feature.
Get some cultural insight at Hojobo Hinatayakushi Temple and Jinbayama Shrine. Visit Daiyuzan Saijoji Temple (Doryoson) and Higashiyama Kyukishitei for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gotemba: Aeon Ebina (in Ebina) and Oyama Afuri Shrine (in Isehara). The adventure continues: revel in the low prices at Gotemba Premium Outlets, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suwa Shrine, play a few rounds at Taiheiyo Club Gotenba Course, and sample the fine beverages at Kirin Distillery Fuji Gotenba.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Gotemba trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nara to Gotemba takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Traveling from Nara in May, expect Gotemba to be a bit cooler, temps between °C and °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Gotemba

Historic Sites Shopping Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Isehara, Aeon Ebina, Daiyuzan Saijoji Temple (Doryoson)
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Oyama Afuri Shrine ©
Oyama Afuri Shrine
Gotemba Premium Outlets ©
Gotemba Premium Outlets
Daiyuzan Saijoji Temple (Doryoson) ©
Daiyuzan Saijoji Temple (Doryoson)

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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 Mount Fuji, Asakusa Shrine, Tokyo DisneySea, and other attractions. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 and Ginza. For shopping fun, head to Asakusa or Takeshita Street. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, see the interesting displays at Samurai Museum, and stop by Odaiba District.

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Drive from Gotemba to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Gotemba in May, you will find days in Tokyo are somewhat warmer (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Urayasu, Yokohama Minato Mirai 21, Mount Fuji
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 ©
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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