15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Fly + Train:  15 h 30 min
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Kobe
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
4
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train + Fly:  14 h 45 min
End: London

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en) and Nara (Nara Park & Todaiji Temple Cultural Center). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, wander the streets of Dotombori District, and meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Osaka trip planner.

London, UK to Osaka is an approximately 16.5- hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, taxi, bus, and train. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Osaka due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Osaka are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Himeji, Nara
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

2
nights
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
On the 22nd (Sun), deepen your understanding at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, then make a trip to Tairyuji Temple, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Akashi National Government Park. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), then make a trip to Nunohiki River Valley, then contemplate the long history of Ishoan, and finally cruise along Royu Driveway.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kobe day trip app.

Kobe is just a short distance from Osaka. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Outdoors Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Royu Driveway
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Akashi National Government Park ©
Akashi National Government Park
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Todai-ji Temple in Nara (about 1 hour away). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and take a stroll through Gion.

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online journey planner.

Kyoto is very close to Kobe. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Gion
Gion

4
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Skytree.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo attractions planning app.

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In December in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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