15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel route builder

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Tokyo

— 5 nights
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 30 minutes away). Have a day of magic on the 5th (Fri) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo holiday maker.

Tampa, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Tampa to Tokyo is 14 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tampa in April; daily highs in Tokyo reach 67°F and lows reach 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Osaka

— 4 nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en) and Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Nara Park, &more). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Osaka sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Osaka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 4 nights
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.
Step out of Kyoto to go to Nara and see Todai-ji Temple, which is approximately 1 hour away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, and wander the streets of Arashiyama.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto itinerary builder tool.

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Kyoto are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.