15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Tokyo
Fly
2
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train
3
Nara
— 1 night
Train
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
5
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Ashikaga
— 1 day
Drive
7
Nikko
— 2 nights
Train
8
Tokyo
— 2 nights
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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.
For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo travel itinerary planner.

Paris, France to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Paris to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Paris in October: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 26°C and lows are around 18°C. You'll set off for Osaka on the 23rd (Sun).
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Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 24:

Osaka — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, then take a stroll through Dotombori District, and then take a stroll through Minami (Namba).

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Osaka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Osaka are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Nara.
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Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 25:

Nara — 1 night

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Nara Park. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Daibutsuden, then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Nara Park and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Nara online itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Nara takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October in Nara, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 20°C at night. On the 26th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kyoto.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 26:

Kyoto — 3 nights

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.
Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then take a stroll through Gion.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto travel route builder app.

You can take a train from Nara to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tokyo.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 29:

Tokyo — 3 nights

Your day by day itinerary now includes Nezu Shrine as well as Gotokuji Temple. Get a sense of the local culture at Imperial Palace and Tokyo Central Railway Station. See even more of Tokyo: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, get all the equipment you need at Asakusa Samurai Ai Armor Experience, and take a stroll through Takeshita Street.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tokyo driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Tue) before leaving for Ashikaga.
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Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 1:

Ashikaga — 1 day

Ashikaga is a city located in Tochigi Prefecture, in the northern Kantō region of Japan. Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): make a trip to Ashikaga Orihime Jinjya, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Sengen, contemplate the long history of Banna-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Ruins of Ashikaga School, then do a tasting at COCO FARM & WINERY, and finally explore the activities along Izuruhara Benten Pond.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ashikaga day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Ashikaga takes 2 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in November: highs in Ashikaga hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nikko.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wineries
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Nikko — 2 nights

A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Shinkyo Bridge has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): snap pictures at Shinkyo Bridge.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Nikko online journey maker.

Traveling by car from Ashikaga to Nikko takes 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Nikko are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Baths
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 3:

Tokyo — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Hachiko. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): take a stroll through Ginza, wander the streets of Akihabara, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and finally stop by Odaiba District.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo day trip site.

Traveling by car from Nikko to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Nikko, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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Neighborhoods · Shopping · Beaches · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 5:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.
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