15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
3
Hitoyoshi
— 2 nights
train:  9​h
4
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Boston

6
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 Pokemon Mega Center Tokyo, Honmyō-ji Temple, Cat Cafe Calico Shinjuku, and other attractions you added. Shop till you drop at Ginza and Asakusa. Do some cultural sightseeing at Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Ueno, make a trip to Omoide Yokocho, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and examine the collection at Samurai Museum.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary builder .

Boston, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Boston to Tokyo. Traveling from Boston in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 62°F and lows about 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Ueno ©
Ueno
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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.
You've now added Kinkaku-ji to your itinerary. Do your shopping at Dotonbori and Minami (Namba). Popular historic sites such as Nijo-jo Castle and Kiyomizu-dera are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Nara (Nigatsu-do Temple & Nara Park). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari Taisha, make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, and examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In November in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Karatsu.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Nara, Osaka
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

2
nights
Hitoyoshi

Hitoyoshi ©
Hitoyoshi is a city in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sagara Gokoku Shrine, get to know the fascinating history of Hitoyoshi Castle Ruins, take in the spiritual surroundings of Aoiaso Shrine, then contemplate the long history of The House of Japanese Samurai in Olden Times- Bukekura, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Sengetsushuzo. Keep things going the next day: explore the engaging exhibits at Hitoyoshi Rail Museum Mozoca Station 868, then don't miss a visit to Yatakegoe, then don't miss a visit to Omura Yokoanagun, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Hitoyoshi Pulm Garden.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hitoyoshi tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Karatsu to Hitoyoshi takes 3.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Karatsu in November since evenings lows in Hitoyoshi dip to 49°F. You will leave for Tokyo on the 15th (Thu).

Things to do in Hitoyoshi

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Childrens Museums
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Aoiaso Shrine ©
Aoiaso Shrine

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, then browse the different shops at TOKYO Solamachi, and then browse the different shops at Shin-Marunouchi Building.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Tokyo day trip planning site .

Explore your travel options from Hitoyoshi to Tokyo with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Showa Kinen Park
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Tokyo Midtown ©
Tokyo Midtown
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Isetan Shinjuku Store
Isetan Shinjuku Store

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