15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
Fly + train:  7​h 30​min
1
Nagoya
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Manila, Luzon

4
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nagashima Spa Land, Nagoya City Science Museum, Gifu-Kakamigahara Air and Space Museum, and other attractions you added. Explore hidden gems such as Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology and Osu Shopping Street. Kids will enjoy Yuenchi Motopia, SUZUKA CIRKIT and Okazaki Minami Park. Explore Nagoya's surroundings by going to Kuragaike Park (in Toyota) and Kotsu Jido Yuen (in Kariya). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Nagoya City Hall, walk around Tsuruma Park, and steep yourself in history at Nagoya Castle.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Nagoya trip itinerary planning app .

Manila, Philippines to Nagoya is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manila to Nagoya. When traveling from Manila in May, plan for cooler days and slightly colder nights in Nagoya: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Kuwana, Kotsu Jido Yuen, Yuenchi Motopia, SUZUKA CIRKIT, Gifu-Kakamigahara Air and Space Museum, Okazaki Minami Park
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Nagoya City Science Museum ©
Nagoya City Science Museum
Nagashima Spa Land ©
Nagashima Spa Land

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ninna-ji Temple and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. Family-friendly places like Lake Biwa Museum and Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner.

Getting from Nagoya to Kyoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Nagoya, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Lake Biwa Museum, Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple)
Find places to stay May 19 — 23:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Lake Biwa Museum ©
Lake Biwa Museum
Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum ©
Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum

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'll discover tucked-away gems like Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park and Itami Sky Park. Family-friendly places like Universal Studios Japan and Kobe Oji Zoo will thrill your kids. Step out of Osaka to go to Awaji and see Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: have fun and explore at Kids Plaza Osaka, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, take a stroll through Dotonbori, and walk around Kemasakuranomiya Park.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Osaka online trip maker .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. May in Osaka sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Awaji, Itami Sky Park, Kobe Oji Zoo
Find places to stay May 23 — 28:
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Kids Plaza Osaka ©
Kids Plaza Osaka
Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum ©
Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum

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