15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 1 day
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 3 nights

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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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): see the interesting displays at Fire Museum, then examine the collection at Samurai Museum, and then admire the masterpieces at The National Art Center, Tokyo.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo road trip app.

Boston, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 14 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Boston in October: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 72°F and lows are around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

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Samurai Museum ©
Samurai Museum
Fire Museum ©
Fire Museum
The National Art Center, Tokyo ©
The National Art Center, Tokyo

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Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Takayama Showa Museum and Ishikawa Aviation Plaza. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple and Maruoka Castle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Nanto (Ainokura Kaiyu Hodo, Ainokura Gassho Community, &more) and Takayama (Higashiyama Walking Course & Wine Tours & Tastings). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Oyama Shrine and see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip website.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 56°F at night. On the 7th (Thu), you'll travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

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Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Oyama Shrine ©
Oyama Shrine

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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.
Kinkaku-ji and Nijo Castle will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nanzen-ji Temple. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple, stop by Pontocho District, and don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kyoto tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Spas · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 11:
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

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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.
On the 11th (Mon), wander the streets of Dotombori District. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Omiwa Shrine.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October in Osaka, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tokyo National Museum and Street Kart Tour Akihabara #1 by Go-Kart. Museum-lovers will get to explore teamLab☆Planets and Madame Tussauds Tokyo. Explore Tokyo further: take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Kanda Myojin, take a stroll through Ueno District, and explore the world behind art at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo tour itinerary planner.

Take a train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Waho-An NATURE Tokyo ©
Waho-An NATURE Tokyo

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