15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + Train:  10 h
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
3
Nara
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
4
Gotemba
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
6
Kawasaki
— 4 nights
Fly:  9 h 45 min
End: Singapore

2
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.
On the 2nd (Wed), get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho. Keep things going the next day: walk around Itami Sky Park, have fun and explore at Kids Plaza Osaka, then don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Osaka trip builder.

Singapore, Singapore to Osaka is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Osaka. Traveling from Singapore in September, expect Osaka to be a bit cooler, temps between 32°C and 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Itami Sky Park
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Kids Plaza Osaka ©
Kids Plaza Osaka
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): wander the streets of Pontocho, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-ji Temple, then take in nature's colorful creations at Nanzen-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tenryuji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gio-ji Temple.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto route builder website.

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In September in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Nanzen-ji Temple ©
Nanzen-ji Temple

2
nights
Nara

Nara ©
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 6th (Sun), make a splash at Sango Town Water Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Horyu-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Omiwa Shrine. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Isuien Garden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, and finally admire the striking features of Nara National Museum.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Nara vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. In September, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Gotemba.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Sakurai, Sango Town Water Park, Horyu-ji Temple
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Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

1
night
Gotemba

Gotemba ©
Trips to Gotemba, a city at the foot of Mount Fuji, offer plenty of opportunities to admire Japan's most famous natural feature.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimmei Shrine, cool off at Fureai Pool Tamaho, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daijo-ji Temple, then take in the dramatic scenery at Sunset Falls, then walk around Fuji Bussharito Heiwa Park, and finally get some fabulous bargains at Gotemba Premium Outlets.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Gotemba trip planner.

Getting from Nara to Gotemba by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In September, Gotemba is a bit cooler than Nara - with highs of 24°C and lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Gotemba

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Sunset Falls
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Gotemba Premium Outlets ©
Gotemba Premium Outlets

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at KidZania Tokyo and Samurai Armor Photo Studio. Bring the kids along to Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. There's much more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) Terminal No2 Observation Deck, explore the world behind art at teamLab☆Planets, take in nature's colorful creations at Hama Rikyu Gardens, and get in on the family fun at Gundam Front Tokyo.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Gotemba to Tokyo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Gotemba in September, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kawasaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
KidZania Tokyo ©
KidZania Tokyo
Gundam Front Tokyo ©
Gundam Front Tokyo

4
nights
Kawasaki

Kawasaki ©
Easily accessible via a 15-minute train ride from Tokyo, Kawasaki features a modern, industrialized waterfront, as well as a couple of quirky attractions.
Bring the kids along to Kamogawa Sea World and Tojo Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yokohama Municipal Nogeyama Zoo and Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple). Change things up with these side-trips from Kawasaki: Naka (Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal & Yamashita Park), Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple & Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)) and Enoshima Island (in Fujisawa). And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Sky Garden, stop by Minato Mirai 21, head outdoors with Futomi Beach, and examine the collection at Fujiko F Fujio Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kawasaki trip planning tool.

Kawasaki is just a stone's throw from Tokyo. September in Kawasaki sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kawasaki

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Yokohama, Kamogawa, Kamakura, Enoshima Island
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Fujiko F Fujio Museum ©
Fujiko F Fujio Museum
Kamogawa Sea World ©
Kamogawa Sea World
Yokohama Municipal Nogeyama Zoo ©
Yokohama Municipal Nogeyama Zoo

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