15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
4
Tokyo
— 3 nights

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Tokyo National Museum and Takeshita Street. For shopping fun, head to Ginza or Omotesando. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, gear up at Kimono Me, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and take a stroll through Odaiba District.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo driving holiday planner.

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Tokyo, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from London in May; daily highs in Tokyo reach 28°C and lows reach 19°C. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District

4
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 inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get a sense of the local culture at Kinkaku-ji and Arashiyama. Step out of Kyoto to go to Nara and see Todai-ji Temple, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, head outdoors with Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

Plan trip to Kyoto with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and Namban Culture Center. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Himeji Castle and Osaka Castle. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center & Nara Park) and Kobe (Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum & Kobe Fashion Museum). It doesn't end there: visit Dotombori District and examine the collection at Mizuno Sportology Gallery.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Osaka day trip website.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Kobe, Himeji Castle, The World Money Box Museum
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Keep things going the next day: get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, then admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, then take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary app.

You can take a train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums
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Akihabara ©
Akihabara
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace

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