15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  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
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: London


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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en Garden) and Nara (Nara Park & Todaiji Temple Cultural Center). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, get your game on at Ninja-Do, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka road trip planning site .

London, UK to Osaka is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Osaka is 9 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 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
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): gain insight at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, then see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, then don't miss a visit to Tairyuji Temple, and finally have fun at Akashi National Government Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), then don't miss a visit to Nunohiki River Valley, then contemplate the long history of Ishoan, and finally take a memorable drive along Royu Driveway.

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Kobe is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In December, daily temperatures in Kobe can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Fun & Games Outdoors Scenic Drive

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, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and wander the streets of Gion.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto itinerary planning site .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Kobe. In December, daytime highs in Kyoto are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

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You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough 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
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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