15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo — 3 nights

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 Meiji Jingu Gaien. Change things up with a short trip to Oyama Afuri Shrine in Isehara (about 1h 25 min away). There's still lots to do: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, admire the natural beauty at Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary planning website.

Manama, Bahrain to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 6 hour difference. When traveling from Manama in November, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi — 2 nights

A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
On your second day here, explore the activities along Lake Shoji, go for a walk through Lake Kawaguchi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fuji Omuro Sengen Shrine, don't miss a visit to Arakurayama Sengen Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Fuji Five Lakes.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in November: highs in Fujikawaguchiko-machi hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Kyoto.
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Kyoto — 4 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Jojakkoji Temple and Kyoto Insider Sake Experience. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanzen-in Temple, steep yourself in history at Daikaku-ji, don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and admire the natural beauty at Shisendo Temple.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner.

Getting from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Kyoto by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of train and flight. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.
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Osaka — 3 nights

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Minoo Park and Waterfall of Mino. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Sakurai (Tanzan Shrine, Hase-dera Temple, &more) and Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda (in Ikeda). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hōzen-ji Temple, walk around Flower Expo Memorial Park Tsurumi Ryokuchi, and stop by Tower Knives Osaka.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka online trip itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Osaka are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Japan travel guide

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Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.