15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
train:  12​h 30​min
2
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  30​min
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Nagasaki
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Hashima
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 45​min
6
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
7
Nagoya
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
End: Tokyo

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night
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.
You've now added Yudanaka Station Tourist Information Center to your itinerary. On the 4th (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and then ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. On the next day, get answers to all your questions at Yudanaka Station Tourist Information Center.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo road trip planner.

If you are flying in from Slovakia, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Osaka.
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Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
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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 6th (Fri), examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): shop like a local with Dotonbori, then meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senko-ji Temple.

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You can take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji and then take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip maker .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

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nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, and finally snap pictures at Megane Bridge. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Dejima, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catholic Church Hongouchi, and then step off the mainland to explore Hashima Island.

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Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Nagasaki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. December in Nagasaki sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Hashima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Nature Museums
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

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Hashima

Hashima ©
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Ogaki Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hongakuji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiyobo Inari Shrine, and finally appreciate the history behind Sakichidaibutsu.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hashima trip maker app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Nagasaki to Hashima. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Nagasaki in December; daily highs in Hashima reach 9°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Hashima

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chiyobo Inari Shrine, Ogaki Castle
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Chiyobo Inari Shrine ©
Chiyobo Inari Shrine
Hongakuji Temple ©
Hongakuji Temple
Ogaki Castle ©
Ogaki Castle

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nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine Torii. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

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Drive from Hashima to Hiroshima in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Hashima in December, expect nights in Hiroshima to be about the same, around 4°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 13°C. On the 15th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Venture out of the city with trips to Inuyama Castle (in Inuyama) and Ise (Ise Shrine Geku, Ise Grand Shrine, & more). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, don't miss a visit to Osu Shopping Street, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagoya online tour planner .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Hiroshima in December: highs in Nagoya hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Ise, Inuyama Castle
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Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

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