15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan visit planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Takayama
— 1 night
Fly
3
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly
4
Koya-cho
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Izumo
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Kuala Lumpur

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Kyoto

— 4 nights
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.
Head to Dotombori District and Tower Knives Osakafor some retail therapy. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Tofuku-ji Temple. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and wander the streets of Arashiyama.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Kyoto is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in November; daily highs in Kyoto reach 19°C and lows reach 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 7 — 11:

Takayama

— 1 night
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.
On the 12th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, then get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course, and finally admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Takayama road trip app.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Takayama takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Takayama are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 12:

Tokyo

— 3 nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo National Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Senso-ji Temple and Ginza. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo day trip tool.

Fly from Takayama to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Tokyo are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to fly to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 15:

Koya-cho

— 2 nights
On the 16th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-in Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koyasan Okunoin, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Torodo Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Koyasan Danjo Garan, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongobu-ji Temple.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Koya-cho trip planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Koya-cho by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. November in Koya-cho sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Izumo.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 17:

Izumo

— 2 nights
Nestled in the shadows of the Chugoku Mountains, historic Izumo boasts one of Japan's oldest Shinto shrines.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Matsue Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaegaki Shrine, then explore the world behind art at Adachi Museum of Art, and finally admire the masterpieces at Shimane Art Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): get advice or help at Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, then enjoy the sea views from Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hinomisaki Shrine.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Izumo online day trip planner.

Fly from Koya-cho to Izumo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Koya-cho in November, Izumo is a bit cooler at night with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Izumo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 17 — 19:

Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple and then take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima journey planner.

You can drive from Izumo to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 21:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.