15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  11 h 15 min
1
Fukuoka
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
3
Kyoto
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 30 min
4
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
5
Nagano
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Taxi + Fly:  7 h 15 min
6
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Fly:  11 h 15 min
End: Kuala Lumpur

1
night
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tochoji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakozaki Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Fukuoka City Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atago Jinja Shrine, and finally examine the collection at OH Sadaharu Baseball Museum. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kashii-gu, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Marine World umino-nakamichi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wadatsumi Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Miyajidake Shrine, and finally get engrossed in the history at Munakata Shrine.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Fukuoka is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Fukuoka, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in February, with highs in Fukuoka at 12°C and lows at 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Munakata Shrine, Miyajidake Shrine
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Atago Jinja Shrine ©
Atago Jinja Shrine
Miyajidake Shrine ©
Miyajidake Shrine
Munakata Shrine ©
Munakata Shrine

3
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Arima Onsen and Horyu-ji Temple. For shopping fun, head to Dotonbori or Hankyu Umeda Honten. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nara (Nigatsu-do Temple & Nara Park). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, explore the engaging exhibits at Kids Plaza Osaka, get to know the fascinating history of Tenjinzaka, and contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka trip site .

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Osaka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In February, daytime highs in Osaka are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Nara, Horyu-ji Temple, Arima Onsen, Nishinomiya Shrine
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Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple

1
night
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.
On the 7th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Ninna-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamigamo Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Shimogamo Jinja.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto day trip app .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In February, daytime highs in Kyoto are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Shimogamo Jinja ©
Shimogamo Jinja
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

3
nights
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.
On the 8th (Sat), wander the streets of Yanaka, then shop like a local with Ginza, then identify plant and animal life at Chikurin Park, and finally see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kencho-ji Temple, look for gifts at Pokemon Mega Center Tokyo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, and finally wander the streets of Ueno.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in February, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can take a train to Nagano.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Kamakura, Chikurin Park, Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum
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Ueno ©
Ueno
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)

2
nights
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): fly down the slopes at Myoko Kogen and then steep yourself in history at Sanada House. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Iizuna Highlands Oyachi Marsh, take an in-depth tour of Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Jinja Hokosha, then look for gifts at Yawataya Isogoro Honten, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagano journey builder tool .

Getting from Tokyo to Nagano by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in February: high temperatures in Nagano hover around 4°C and lows are around -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Nagano

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Myoko Kogen
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Myoko Kogen ©
Myoko Kogen
Zenko-ji Temple ©
Zenko-ji Temple
Togakushi Jinja Hokosha ©
Togakushi Jinja Hokosha

2
nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kushida Shrine and Nanzoin. Head to Acros Fukuoka and Tenjin Underground Shopping Centerfor some retail therapy. See even more of Fukuoka: take in nature's colorful creations at Uminonakamichi Seaside Park, let the kids burn off some steam at Ohori Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Furosui Daimyojin, and savor the flavors at Asahi Breweries Hakata Brewery.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Nagano to Fukuoka takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Nagano in February; daily highs in Fukuoka reach 12°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Nanzoin
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Sumiyoshi Shrine
Sumiyoshi Shrine
Nanzoin ©
Nanzoin
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine

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