15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Universal Studios Japan and Ninja-Do. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Koya-cho (Kongobu-ji Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, & more), CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA (in Ikeda) and Daimon-ji Temple (in Ibaraki). There's lots more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory, and indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at SpaWorld.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Osaka day trip planning website .

If you are flying in from Malaysia, the closest major airports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. November in Osaka sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Suita, Wakayama, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, Daimon-ji Temple
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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.
On the 30th (Mon), get to know the resident critters at Kobe Oji Zoo, then meet the residents at Suma Aqualife Park Kobe, then get all the information you need at Awaji Highway Oasis, and finally take some stellar pictures from Awaji Hanasajiki. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), take a stroll through Kobe Harborland, then get to know the resident critters at Kobe Animal Kingdom, then don't miss a visit to Kobe Motomachi Shopping Street, and finally get in on the family fun at Rokkosan Field Athletic.

Make your Kobe itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Kobe is just a short distance from Osaka. November in Kobe sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Shopping

Side Trip

Awaji
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Kobe Oji Zoo ©
Kobe Oji Zoo
Suma Aqualife Park Kobe ©
Suma Aqualife Park Kobe
Kobe Animal Kingdom ©
Kobe Animal Kingdom

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.
On the 2nd (Wed), examine the collection at Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum, then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, get to know the resident critters at Monkey Park Iwatayama, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and finally wander the streets of Gion.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kyoto tour itinerary app .

Kyoto is very close to Kobe. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Monkey Park Iwatayama ©
Monkey Park Iwatayama
Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum ©
Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Byodoin, take an in-depth tour of Kasuga Taisha Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, then stroll around Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, engage your brain at The Kid's Science Museum of Photons, have fun and explore at Kashihara Children's Science Museum, then meet the residents at Uda Animal Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Genpinan.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Nara trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. December in Nara sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train 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 ©

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