15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: San Francisco
Fly + Train:  14 h 30 min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
3
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train + Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: San Francisco

5
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.
You've added Imperial Palace, Nihon Minkaen Japan Open Air Folk House Museum, Takeshita Street, and other attractions to your itinerary. Popular historic sites such as Kencho-ji Temple and Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Yanaka District.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo vacation site.

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Tokyo. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in November, and nighttime lows around 49°F. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kamakura, Nihon Minkaen Japan Open Air Folk House Museum
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Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)
Yanaka District ©
Yanaka District

4
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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Tenryuji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nanzen-ji Temple and Toji. Step out of Kyoto to go to Hikone and see Hikone Castle, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, admire the striking features of Ninna-ji Temple, and don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online travel route planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In November in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Hikone Castle
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Akihabara, Diver City Tokyo Plaza and Kabukicho District. Do some cultural sightseeing at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and Hozomon. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Atami Sun Beach in Atami--about 1h 30 min away. See even more of Tokyo: wander the streets of Odaiba District.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tokyo online road trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. On the 1st (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Atami Sun Beach
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Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine
Hozomon ©
Hozomon

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