15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan tour planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Takayama
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nagoya
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 1 night
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
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.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo Disneyland, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, wander the streets of Ginza, stroll around Ueno Park, and shop like a local with Takeshita Street.

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Montreal, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 14 hours. Traveling from Montreal in October, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 26°C and 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 10 — 12:

Takayama

— 3 nights
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Get out of town with these interesting Takayama side-trips: Shirakawa-mura (Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, Nagase house, &more) and Matsumoto (Taisho Pond, Pond Tashiro, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, don't miss a visit to Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, visit Sanmachi Suji, and get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Takayama online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Takayama takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Takayama, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Nagoya.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 12 — 15:

Nagoya

Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Before you visit Nagoya, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Takayama to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Nagoya, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 19°C at night. On the 15th (Fri), you're off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 16:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle and then wander the streets of Arashiyama.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto online travel route planner.

You can take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 18:

Nara

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Nara trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 19:

Hakone-machi

— 2 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and finally stop by Sengokuhara. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley, take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, then cruise along Hakone Skyline, then revel in the low prices at Gotemba Premium Outlets, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Choanji Temple.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Hakone-machi trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Nara to Hakone-machi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Nara in October; daily highs in Hakone-machi reach 19°C and lows reach 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 21:

Tokyo

— 2 nights
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 40 minutes away. Enjoy Tokyo some more: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, take a stroll through Akihabara, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 21 — 23:

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.