15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Jakarta, Indonesia
Fly:  10 h 30 min
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  45 min
2
Nara
— 1 day
Train:  45 min
3
Osaka
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
4
Kyoto
— 1 day
Train:  30 min
5
Osaka
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 45 min
6
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
7
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  10 h 45 min
End: Jakarta, Indonesia

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.
Shop till you drop at Dotonbori and Hankyu Umeda Main Store. Step off the beaten path and head to Arima Onsen and Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine. Step out of Osaka with an excursion to Nishinomiya Shrine in Nishinomiya--about 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, browse the different shops at Universal City Walk Osaka, and stop by Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Osaka online road trip planner .

Jakarta, Indonesia to Osaka is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Jakarta to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Jakarta in December, expect Osaka to be much colder, temps between 13°C and 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Baths Parks

Side Trips

Arima Onsen, Nishinomiya Shrine
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Hankyu Umeda Honten ©
Hankyu Umeda Honten

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodaiji Temple, then take a stroll through Sanjodori Street, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Harushika Brewery.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Nara journey site .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Breweries & Distilleries Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Harushika Brewery ©
Harushika Brewery
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple

1
night
Osaka

Osaka
For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Osaka travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Nara to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll set off for Kyoto on the 21st (Sat).

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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1
day
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 21st (Sat): shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District, then make a trip to Gion, and then contemplate the long history of Genkoan.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. December in Kyoto sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Gion
Gion
Nishiki Market Shopping District ©
Nishiki Market Shopping District

1
night
Osaka

Osaka
For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka online day trip planner .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Gokayama and Ski Jam Katsuyama. Head to Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center and Sakuda Hontenfor plenty of shopping. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Himi Banyagai (in Himi) and Nanto (Ainokura Gassho Community & Ainokura Observatory). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Higashichaya Old Town, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, and take in the pleasant sights at Gyokusen-immaru Garden.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Kanazawa attractions planning website .

Getting from Osaka to Kanazawa by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Nanto, Himi Banyagai, Ski Jam Katsuyama
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Gokayama ©
Gokayama
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kichijoji and Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal. For shopping fun, head to Kitchen Town (Kappabashi) or Ginza Mitsukoshi. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Pola Museum of Art (in Hakone-machi) and Sky Garden (in Yokohama). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Odaiba, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a taste of the local shopping with Shimokitazawa, and stop by Ginza Itoya Hontren.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip website .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Yokohama, Pola Museum of Art, Kichijoji
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Kichijoji ©
Kichijoji
Kagurazaka ©
Kagurazaka

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