15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
bus:  9​h
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
4
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: London

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.
Appreciate the collections at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan and Madame Tussauds Tokyo. Your inner history buff will appreciate Historic Old Town area in Sawara, Katori and Kyu Iwasakitei Teien. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: National Museum of Japanese History (in Sakura), Nihon Minkaen Japan Open Air Folk House Museum (in Kawasaki) and Gongendo Sakura Tsutsumi (in Satte). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Ubara Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozomon, explore the world behind art at Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art, and look for all kinds of wild species at Fuefuki Togenkyo.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online journey planner .

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 9 hours. In June, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than London - with highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine, Kikkoman Soy Sauce Museum, Ibaraki Nature Museum, National Museum of Japanese History, Fuefuki Togenkyo
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Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan ©
Hozomon ©
Hozomon
Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine ©
Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine

3
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.
Get some historical perspective at Mimurotoji Temple and Kyoto Gyoen National Garden. Get some cultural insight at Yasakanoto and Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple). Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple (in Uji) and Shuonan Ikkyuji Temple (in Kyotanabe). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Myoshinji Temple, take a stroll through Shinbashi Dori, steep yourself in history at Honen-in, and admire the striking features of Chishaku-in.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner .

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Uji, Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), Shuonan Ikkyuji Temple
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Mimurotoji Temple ©
Mimurotoji Temple
Kyoto Gyoen National Garden ©
Kyoto Gyoen National Garden
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple ©
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple

2
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 explore and learn at Koyasan Reihokan Museum and Modern Transportation Museum. Get some historical perspective at Muroji Temple and Asuka-dera Temple. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Kashihara Jingu (in Kashihara), Amore Beach (in Akashi) and Yoshikien (in Nara). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Yasui Shrine.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Osaka online trip itinerary planner .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In June, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Nara, Amore Beach, Asuka-dera Temple, Kashihara Jingu, Muroji Temple
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Muroji Temple ©
Muroji Temple
Kashihara Jingu ©
Kashihara Jingu
Koyasan Reihokan Museum ©
Koyasan Reihokan Museum

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ikegami Hommon-ji Temple, explore the world behind art at Ota Memorial Museum of Art, then see the interesting displays at Fire Museum, then explore the world behind art at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral, Tokyo, take in nature's colorful creations at Kyu Iwasakitei Teien, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozomon, then examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Tokyo, and finally walk around Kitanomaru Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip tool .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine
Find places to stay Jun 13 — 16:
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Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine ©
Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine
Fire Museum ©
Fire Museum
Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan ©

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