15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Osaka
1
Osaka
— 7 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Kobe
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
4
Nara
— 3 nights
Train:  45 min
End: Osaka

7
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.
Bring the kids along to Universal Studios Japan and Ninja-Do. Venture out of the city with trips to Daimon-ji Temple (in Ibaraki), Koya-cho (Kongobu-ji Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, &more) and Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda (in Ikeda). Next up on the itinerary: observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, make a trip to Kuromon Market, and have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Malaysia, the closest major aiports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Wakayama, Suita, Daimon-ji Temple, Itami Sky Park
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
SpaWorld ©
SpaWorld

2
nights
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): get to know the resident critters at Kobe Oji Zoo, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Suma Aqualife Park Kobe, then get all the information you need at Awaji Highway Oasis, and finally admire the natural beauty at Awajihanasajiki. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): stop by Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), take a stroll through Kobe Harborland, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Kobe Animal Kingdom, then make a trip to Kobe Motomachi Shopping Street, and finally get in on the family fun at Rokkosan Field Athletic.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kobe road trip planner.

Kobe is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In November, daily temperatures in Kobe can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Awaji
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Kobe Oji Zoo ©
Kobe Oji Zoo
Kobe Animal Kingdom ©
Kobe Animal Kingdom
Awaji Highway Oasis ©
Awaji Highway Oasis

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): see the interesting displays at Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum, then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Monkey Park Iwatayama, then make a trip to Nijo Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Gion.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kyoto sightseeing planner.

Kyoto is just a short distance from Kobe. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Monkey Park Iwatayama ©
Monkey Park Iwatayama
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

3
nights
Nara

Nara ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Byodoin, examine the collection at Kasuga Taisha Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then walk around Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, get curious at The Kid's Science Museum of Photons, then engage your brain at Kashihara Children's Science Museum, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Uda Animal Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Genpinan.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Nara trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Take a train from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. In December in Nara, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow time for the train ride back home.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kizugawa, Kashihara Children's Science Museum, Byodoin, Uda Animal Park, Genpinan
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Uda Animal Park ©
Uda Animal Park
Kashihara Children's Science Museum ©
Kashihara Children's Science Museum

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