15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Tsumagoi-mura
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train + Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

6
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.
Have a day of magic on the 25th (Sat) at Tokyo Disneyland. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and wander the streets of Odaiba.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip site .

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 17 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in May, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 76°F and lows about 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tsumagoi-mura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

1
night
Tsumagoi-mura

Tsumagoi-mura ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): go for a walk through Onioshidashi Volcanic Park, find something for the whole family at Karuizawa Toy Kingdom, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Karuizawa Shirakaba Highlands Chapel.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, use the Tsumagoi-mura trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Tsumagoi-mura takes 3.5 hours. In May in Tsumagoi-mura, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tsumagoi-mura

Theme Parks Historic Sites
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Onioshidashi Volcanic Park ©
Onioshidashi Volcanic Park

6
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Nara (Nara Park, Daibutsuden, & more) and Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle, & more). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and make a trip to Nishiki Market.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Kyoto attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Tsumagoi-mura to Kyoto takes 6 hours. May in Kyoto sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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