15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Jakarta, Indonesia
Fly:  12 h
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  45 min
2
Nara
— 1 day
Train:  45 min
3
Osaka
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
4
Kyoto
— 1 night
Train:  5 h
5
Nikko
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Fly:  11 h
End: Jakarta, Indonesia

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dotonbori, Minami (Namba), Tsutenkaku Hondori Shopping Street, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho, and then wander the streets of Minami (Namba). On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan and then get a taste of the local shopping with Tsutenkaku Hondori Shopping Street.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Osaka visit planner.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Osaka is an approximately 11- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone changes from West Indonesia Time (WIB) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Jakarta in October, with highs in Osaka at 26°C and lows at 17°C. On the 27th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori ©
Dotombori

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, then admire the natural beauty at Yoshikien, and finally contemplate the long history of Todai-ji Temple.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Nara trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple

1
night
Osaka

Osaka
For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Osaka tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Nara to Osaka by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Traveling from Nara in October, Osaka is slightly colder at night with lows of 17°C. You will leave for Kyoto on the 28th (Wed).

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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1
night
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Kifune Shrine, Bishamondo, Nishiki Market Shopping District, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bishamondo, contemplate the long history of Kifune Shrine, shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District, make a trip to Fushimi Sake Village, then get your game on at Geisha and Maiko Makeover Experience in Kyoto Gion Aya, and finally don't miss a visit to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Nikko.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Outdoors Fun & Games
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Sannenzaka Ninenzaka ©
Sannenzaka Ninenzaka

1
night
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Nantai, then get outside with Odashirogahara, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Onsenji Temple.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Nikko trip planning app.

Take a train from Kyoto to Nikko in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kyoto in October: highs in Nikko hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites
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Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura ©
Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura
Odashirogahara ©
Odashirogahara
Mt. Nantai ©
Mt. Nantai

7
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 discover tucked-away gems like Mt. Takao and KidZania Tokyo. Kids will appreciate attractions like Funabashi Andersen Park and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Lake Yamanaka (in Yamanakako-mura), Fujiyoshida (Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja, Chureito Pagoda, &more) and Kamakura Hiking Trails (in Kamakura). There's still lots to do: have some family-friendly fun at Samurai Armor Photo Studio, walk around Kakitagawa Park, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and take in nature's colorful creations at Happoen Garden.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo itinerary builder site.

Getting from Nikko to Tokyo by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In October in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Fujiyoshida, Mishima, Yokohama, Enoshima Island, Mt. Takao
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
KidZania Tokyo ©
KidZania Tokyo
Mt. Takao ©
Mt. Takao

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