15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
2
Osaka
— 2 nights
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
4
Nara
— 2 nights
5
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
6
Tokyo
— 2 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Asakusa Samurai Kart and Koishikawa Korakuen Garden. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Minatomirai (Nipponmaru Memorial Park, Sky Garden, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Meiji Shrine Imperial Garden, admire the masterpieces at Mori Art Museum, and enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Tokyo.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tokyo journey planner.

Exeter, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Exeter to Tokyo. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yokohama
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Asakusa Samurai Kart ©
Asakusa Samurai Kart
Sky Garden ©
Sky Garden
Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo Garden ©
Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo Garden

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): ponder the world of politics at Mint Museum and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka holiday builder.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Mint Museum ©
Mint Museum

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.
On the 26th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hogonin Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jojakkoji Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Koryu-ji Temple. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Entoku-in, make a trip to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, take in the pleasant sights at Nanzenji Suirokaku, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shinnyodo Temple, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Shimogamo Jinja.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kyoto planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Jojakkoji Temple ©
Jojakkoji Temple
Kyoto Gyoen National Garden ©
Kyoto Gyoen National Garden

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yakushi-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuguji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Horyu-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isonokami Jingu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): walk around Nara Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, admire the natural beauty at Yoshikien, then take in nature's colorful creations at Isuien Garden, then contemplate the long history of Todai-ji Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Todai-ji Temple Nandai Gate.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Nara trip site.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Ikaruga-cho, Isonokami Jingu
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple

1
night
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 30th (Thu), explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, get great views at Hakone Ropeway, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), then take in the pleasant sights at Jukkoku Pass, and finally walk around Onshi Hakone Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Gotemba Kogen Toki no Sumika, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja, make a trip to Chureito Pagoda, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Arakurayama Sengen Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Nara to Hakone-machi in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Nara in December: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 8°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fujiyoshida, Jukkoku Pass, Gotemba Kogen Toki no Sumika
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Arakurayama Sengen Park ©
Arakurayama Sengen Park
Chureito Pagoda ©
Chureito Pagoda
Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja ©
Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 1st (Sat), stroll around Meiji Jingu Gaien, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then push the limits with Street Kart Shibuya, and finally make a trip to Tokyo Tower. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Hozomon, then get the lay of the land with Tokyo Walking Tours, then indulge in some culinary diversions at Best Experience Japan, and finally wander the streets of Ueno District.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo online trip itinerary builder.

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 December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 14°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Tours · Outdoors · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:
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Street Kart Shibuya ©
Street Kart Shibuya
Meiji Jingu Gaien ©
Meiji Jingu Gaien
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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