15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train
2
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly

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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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Tokyo National Museum, wander the streets of Ginza, look for gifts at Ginza Itoya Hontren, then admire the masterpieces at The National Art Center, Tokyo, then explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Memorial Warships Mikasa, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), then contemplate the long history of Kencho-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online trip itinerary planner.

Boston, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Boston to Tokyo. Traveling from Boston in October, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 72°F and lows about 60°F. On the 5th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 3 — 5:
Highlights from your trip
Kencho-ji Temple
Must see
Kencho-ji Temple
4.5

2
nights
Kanazawa

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shirayama Hime Shrine, cruise along Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road, then steep yourself in history at Suganuma Gassho Community, then take a stroll through Gokayama, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Inami Betsuin Zuisen-ji Temple.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa trip itinerary builder site.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly; or drive. In October in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 7:
Highlights from your trip
Shirayama Hime Shrine ©
Religious Site
Shirayama Hime Shrine
4.4
Gokayama ©
World heritage site
Gokayama
4.4

3
nights
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 8th (Fri), admire the striking features of Chishaku-in, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Higashi Hongan-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chion-in Temple, and finally stop by Ippodo Tea Kyoto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daikaku-ji, then admire the natural beauty at Okochi Sanso Garden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jojakkoji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gio-ji Temple.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 60°F. On the 10th (Sun), you're off to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Spas
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 10:
Highlights from your trip
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Religious Site
Kennin-ji Temple
4.6
Kinkaku-ji ©
Must see
Kinkaku-ji
4.4

3
nights
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Dotombori District and Tower Knives Osaka. Get some cultural insight at Nara Park and Isuien Garden. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Joruri Temple (in Kizugawa), Nara (Nigatsu-do Temple, Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, &more) and Kobe (Mt. Maya, Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, capture your vacation like a pro with Photoguider-Japan, and shop like a local with Hankyu Umeda Honten.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Osaka itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Osaka, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 59°F at night. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 10 — 13:
Highlights from your trip
Nara Park ©
Must see
Nara Park
4.5
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Religious Site
Nigatsu-do Temple
4.6
Dotombori District ©
Neighborhood
Dotombori District
4.0

3
nights
Tokyo

Shop till you drop at teamLab Borderless and MUJI Yurakucho. Museum-lovers will appreciate 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT and Mori Art Museum. Explore Tokyo further: take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, explore the world behind art at Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, indulge in some culinary diversions at Best Experience Japan, and take a stroll through Yanaka District.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Find places to stay Oct 13 — 16:
Highlights from your trip
Asakusa Shrine ©
Must see
Asakusa Shrine
4.3
Nezu Shrine ©
Historic Site
Nezu Shrine
4.4
Kanda Myojin ©
History Museum
Kanda Myojin
4.2

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