15 days in East Asia Itinerary

15 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Osaka
— 1 night
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Drive
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
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Tokyo

— 2 nights
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.
Get some historical perspective at Zojo-ji Temple and Hozomon. Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan and 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT will appeal to museum buffs. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Nezu Museum, walk around Kokyo Gaien National Garden, and contemplate the long history of Kitanomaru Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo sightseeing tool.

Lisbon, Portugal to Tokyo is an approximately 19-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Lisbon to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Lisbon in March: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 17°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 15 — 17:

Kyoto

— 5 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tenryuji Temple and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kinkaku-ji and Pontocho District. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, and contemplate the long history of Honen-in.

To find ratings and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto vacation maker.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 17 — 22:

Nara

— 2 nights

Ancient City

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.
On the 23rd (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, admire the striking features of Nara National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Wakakusa. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Horyu-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kashihara Jingu, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Himuro Shrine.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Nara trip planner.

Drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 22 — 24:

Osaka

— 1 night
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 25th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho, then wander the streets of Dotombori District, and finally take a stroll through Minami (Namba).

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Osaka trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March, daytime highs in Osaka are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 25:

Hakone-machi

— 1 night
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Hakone Museum of Art, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then see the interesting displays at Lalique Museum Hakone, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pola Museum of Art.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hakone-machi trip maker website.

Drive from Osaka to Hakone-machi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Osaka in March: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Nature · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 26:

Tokyo

— 2 nights
On the 27th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Kanda Myojin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, then explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, then see the interesting displays at Fire Museum, and finally examine the collection at Samurai Museum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 26 — 28: