15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
4
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Portland

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 Skytree as well as Imperial Palace. On the next day, ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, then take a stroll through Yanaka, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

Portland, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 17 hour difference. In February, daytime highs in Tokyo are 51°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Yanaka ©
Yanaka
Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, Kinkaku-ji, The Bamboo Forest Trail, and other attractions you added. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Pontocho. There's more to do: take a stroll through Gion.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto journey planning tool .

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 49°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Classes Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Gion
Gion

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Nara Park, Magical Trip, Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and other attractions. On the 19th (Wed), take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street and then take a stroll through Dotonbori. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and then see Magical Trip.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka travel route planner .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In February, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 49°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Fri) before leaving for Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nara Park
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Magical Trip ©
Magical Trip
Nara Park ©
Nara Park

1
night
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi online trip maker .

Drive from Osaka to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Osaka in February, expect nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi to be about the same, around 36°F, while days are slightly colder, around 40°F. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Sat) before leaving for Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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5
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shibuya Center-gai, Godzilla Head, Akihabara, and other attractions you added. Ueno and Gotokuji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Street Kart Akihabara #1 and Shimokitazawa. Explore Tokyo further: take a stroll through Odaiba, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and admire the striking features of Harajuku Station.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo road trip tool .

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. While traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 51°F to lows of 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Fun & Games Museums

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Ueno ©
Ueno
Street Kart Akihabara #1 ©
Street Kart Akihabara #1

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