15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
2
Takayama
— 3 nights
3
Ise
— 1 night
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
5
Tokyo
— 4 nights

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kakuonji Temple, take a stroll through Sunamachi Ginza Shopping Street, then stroll around Kitanomaru Park, then wander the streets of Tennozu Isle, and finally take a stroll through Kitashinagawa Shopping Street. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ikegami Hommon-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center, then take a stroll through Sugamo District, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral, Tokyo.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tokyo online journey planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Dubai in February; daily highs in Tokyo reach 12°C and lows reach 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine, Kakuonji Temple
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Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center ©
Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center
Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine ©
Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine
St. Mary's Cathedral, Tokyo ©
St. Mary's Cathedral, Tokyo

3
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): examine the collection at Hikaru Museum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Harada Sake Brewery, then see the interesting displays at Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Soyuji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hida Ichinomiya Mizunashi Shrine, contemplate the long history of Kusakabe Folk Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Shirakabe Dozogai, then fly down the slopes at Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha, and finally examine the collection at Mukashibanashi no Sato.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Takayama vacation builder tool.

You can drive from Tokyo to Takayama in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Takayama, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Hida
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Soyuji Temple ©
Soyuji Temple
Shirakabe Dozogai ©
Shirakabe Dozogai
Hikaru Museum ©
Hikaru Museum

1
night
Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
On the 1st (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Saiku Histrical Museum, steep yourself in history at Saiku Heian no Mori, get engrossed in the history at Itsukinomiya Hall for Historical Experience, don't miss a visit to Furuichi Kaido, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naiku Kaguraden, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Amanoiwaya.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Ise road trip website.

Drive from Takayama to Ise in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Takayama in March, expect a bit warmer with lows of 11°C in Ise. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Meiwa-cho
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Saiku Histrical Museum ©
Saiku Histrical Museum
Itsukinomiya Hall for Historical Experience ©

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 Myoshinji Temple and Kashihara Jingu. Explore hidden gems such as Kurama-dera and Shuonan Ikkyuji Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Joruri Temple (in Kizugawa), Sai Shrine (in Sakurai) and Kayabuki-no-sato Kitamura (in Nantan). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gio-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Yasakanoto, and steep yourself in history at Daikaku-ji.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip planning website.

You can drive from Ise to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Ise in March, expect little chillier with lows of 5°C in Kyoto. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nishinomiya Shrine, Shuonan Ikkyuji Temple, Joruri Temple, Sai Shrine, Kayabuki-no-sato Kitamura
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Myoshinji Temple ©
Myoshinji Temple
Kurama-dera ©
Kurama-dera
Jojakkoji Temple ©
Jojakkoji Temple

4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Get a sense of the local culture at Izusan Jinja Shrine and Ryusen-ji Temple (Meguro Fudoson). Explore hidden gems such as Samukawa Shrine and Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Kasamori-ji Temple (in Chonan-machi), Gongendo Sakura Tsutsumi (in Satte) and Oyama Afuri Shrine (in Isehara). Enjoy Tokyo some more: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu Kannon-do, take a stroll through Takadanobaba District, make a trip to Taishakuten-Sando, and visit Ryogoku.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo travel planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trips

Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory, Samukawa Shrine, Kasamori-ji Temple, Izusan Jinja Shrine, Gongendo Sakura Tsutsumi
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Izusan Jinja Shrine ©
Izusan Jinja Shrine
Samukawa Shrine ©
Samukawa Shrine
Oyama Afuri Shrine ©
Oyama Afuri Shrine

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