15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 7 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 1 night
fly:  18​h
End: Philadelphia

7
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.
You've added Tokyo Tower, The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, stroll around Ueno Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary app .

Philadelphia, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to Tokyo is 14 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Philadelphia in April since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 51°F. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Thu) before leaving for Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Kamakura, Lake Kawaguchi, Inokashira Park
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5
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 Nijo Castle, Nara Park, Sagano Romantic Train, and other attractions you added. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Osaka to see Dotonbori about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Gion, steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Kyoto holiday planning site .

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 50°F. On the 14th (Tue), you'll travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nara Park, Dotonbori
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Monkey Park Iwatayama ©
Monkey Park Iwatayama
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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.
On the 14th (Tue), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan and then wander the streets of Dotonbori. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle and then meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Osaka online journey planner .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In April, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
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Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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