15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Osaka
— 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Asakusa Shrine and Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple). Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple, Kencho-ji Temple, &more). The adventure continues: get the adrenaline pumping with Street Kart Tour Akihabara #1 by Go-Kart, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, admire the masterpieces at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT, and examine the collection at Samurai Museum.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo planning website.

Boston, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Boston to Tokyo. Traveling from Boston in October, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 72°F and 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

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Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum, go for a walk through Gyokusen-immaru Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Oyama Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, then contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, and finally wander the streets of Nagamachi Neighborhood.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa travel route builder.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. You will leave for Kyoto on the 9th (Sat).

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
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Oyama Shrine ©
Oyama Shrine
D. T. Suzuki Museum ©
D. T. Suzuki Museum
Ninja Temple ©
Ninja Temple

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tenryuji Temple and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Higashi Hongan-ji Temple, take a stroll through Pontocho District, and contemplate the long history of Tofuku-ji Temple.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kyoto travel route builder tool.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in October, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow time for the train ride to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Spas · Outdoors
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): wander the streets of Dotombori District. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Omiwa Shrine.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka road trip planning website.

Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

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

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