15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly:  19​h
1
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
3
Nagoya
— 1 night
4
Nagano
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Barcelona

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, then see the interesting displays at CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, then stop by Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hōzen-ji Temple. On the next day, wander the streets of Dotonbori, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planner .

Barcelona, Spain to Osaka is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Barcelona to Osaka, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In September in Osaka, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nara, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
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Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA ©
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kinkaku-ji and Nijo Castle. Ninna-ji Temple and Nishi Honganji will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Kyoto to go to Uji and see Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple, which is approximately 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, take some stellar pictures from Mt. Kurama, take a stroll through Gion, and contemplate the long history of Kifune Shrine.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 23°C. On the 28th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 28:
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Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Ninna-ji Temple ©
Ninna-ji Temple
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

1
night
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
On the 28th (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, then wander the streets of Sakae, and then examine the collection at Nagoya Shisei Shiryokan.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Nagoya day trip site .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nagoya in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in September, you will find days in Nagoya are a bit cooler (29°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagano.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank, Kokeizan Eihoji Temple
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 29:
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Sakae
Sakae
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

1
night
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Nagano tour itinerary planning tool .

Take a train from Nagoya to Nagano in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 20°C in Nagano. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife
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Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha

5
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Asakusa Shrine and Ueno. Mitsumine Shrine (Chichibu) and Kashima Jingū Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Hakone-machi (Pola Museum of Art & Lalique Museum Hakone), Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Fuji) and Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, & more). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Yanaka, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, make a trip to Naritasan Omote Sando, and examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo online route planner .

Traveling by train from Nagano to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Nagano in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Hakone-machi, Kashima Jingū Shrine, Mitsumine Shrine (Chichibu), Nature & Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 5:
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Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine

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