15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly:  18​h
1
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  1​h
2
Nara
— 1 day
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
4
Takayama
— 1 night
5
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
6
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
train:  1​h
7
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Umeda Sky Building as well as Osaka Castle. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, admire the landmark architecture of Umeda Sky Building, and then wander the streets of Dotonbori.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka day trip app .

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. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Umeda Sky Building ©
Umeda Sky Building

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.
You've now added Todai-ji Temple to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): sample the tasty concoctions at Harushika Brewery, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, browse the exhibits of Nara National Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Nara itinerary maker site .

You can take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In September in Nara, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Breweries & Distilleries Wildlife Historic Sites
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Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Nara National Museum
Nara National Museum
Nara Park ©
Nara Park

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.
You've added Koetsuji Temple, Horinji Temple - Daruma Temple, Nijo Castle, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kinkaku-ji and Sanjusangendo Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. It doesn't end there: take a stroll through Gion.

To find ratings and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip maker app .

Getting from Nara to Kyoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Traveling from Nara in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Kyoto, with lows around 23°C. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

1
night
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Takayama travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Takayama takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in September, you will find days in Takayama are slightly colder (30°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). On the 29th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites

Side Trip

The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses
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2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tokyo City View Observation Deck (Roppongihills) as well as Mori Art Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo online vacation planner .

You can drive from Takayama to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums
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Mori Art Museum ©
Mori Art Museum

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 1st (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Okada Museum of Art, trek along Hakone Stone‐paved Road, then explore the world behind art at Narukawa Art Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Kiunkaku. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Hakone Museum of Art, and then see the interesting displays at Lalique Museum Hakone.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi online sightseeing planner .

Do a combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in October, plan for little chillier days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Historic Sites Trails

Side Trip

Kiunkaku
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Okada Museum of Art ©
Okada Museum of Art
Kiunkaku ©
Kiunkaku
Lalique Museum Hakone ©
Lalique Museum Hakone

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nikko Tosho-gu, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Samurai Museum, and other attractions you added. See even more of Tokyo: take a stroll through Yanaka.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo day trip planning website .

Do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in October, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Nikko Tosho-gu
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Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Yanaka ©
Yanaka
Samurai Museum ©
Samurai Museum

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