15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 1 night
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Nara
— 1 night
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
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Matsumoto
— 1 night
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Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 night
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Tokyo
— 1 day

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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo DisneySea, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, and other attractions.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo tour itinerary maker website.

Los Angeles, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Tokyo is 17 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. On the 14th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trips

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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Kawaii Monster Cafe Harajuku ©
Kawaii Monster Cafe Harajuku

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Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
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Take a train from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 61°F. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Nara.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

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Nara

Nara

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Nara tour itinerary builder website.

Getting from Hakone-machi to Nara by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Hakone-machi in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Nara: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 66°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

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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 16th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, then see the interesting displays at UCC Coffee Museum, and then admire the striking features of Minatogawa Shrine. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the range of quality goods at Takashimaya Osaka Store, contemplate the long history of Tekijuku, stop by Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, then take a stroll through Minami (Namba), and finally take in panoramic vistas at Harukas 300 Observation Deck.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Nara in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Osaka, with lows around 60°F. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Side Trip

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Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street
UCC Coffee Museum ©
UCC Coffee Museum
Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, don't miss a visit to Sento Imperial Palace (Sento Gosho), cast your line with Hero Tour Japan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, and finally make a trip to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Higashi Hongan-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishi Honganji, examine the collection at Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

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You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Kyoto are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Nishi Honganji ©
Nishi Honganji

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Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): go for a walk through Matsumoto Castle, explore the activities along Matsumotojo Park, explore the different monuments and memorials at Koboyama Ancient Tomb, admire the masterpieces at Matsumoto City Art Museum, then wander the streets of Nakamachi Street, and finally take a stroll through Nawate Shopping District.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Matsumoto online journey maker.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Matsumoto takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Matsumoto can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay May 20 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Matsumoto City Art Museum ©
Matsumoto City Art Museum
Nawate Shopping District
Nawate Shopping District

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Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
On the 21st (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Otozan Onsenji Temple, identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, then admire the masterpieces at Shiga Highlands Roman Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shibuyu Shrine.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Yamanouchi-machi attractions planner.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Yamanouchi-machi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Yamanouchi-machi, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 60°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Sun) before leaving for Tokyo.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Spas
Find places to stay May 21 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Otozan Onsenji Temple ©
Otozan Onsenji Temple
Onsen Resorts
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day by day itinerary now includes Tokyo DisneySea as well as Kawaii Monster Cafe Harajuku. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): find something for the whole family at Tokyo DisneySea, then admire the masterpieces at Ota Memorial Museum of Art, and then enjoy the dining and entertainment at Kawaii Monster Cafe Harajuku.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo journey website.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Yamanouchi-machi to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 22 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Kawaii Monster Cafe Harajuku ©
Kawaii Monster Cafe Harajuku
Ota Memorial Museum of Art ©
Ota Memorial Museum of Art
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

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