15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
+2
Foot + Fly + Train:  18 h 45 min
1
Kyoto
— 5 nights
bus:  3 h 30 min
2
Takayama
— 2 nights
bus:  4 h
3
Tsumagoi-mura
— 1 night
bus:  3 h 30 min
4
Tokyo
— 5 nights
+3
Fly + Train + Subway + Train:  18 h 15 min
End: Birmingham

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana), Himeji (Koko-en & Himeji Castle) and Osaka (Dotonbori, Osaka Castle, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip builder tool.

Birmingham, UK to Kyoto is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Japan Standard Time is 9 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Birmingham in September; daily highs in Kyoto reach 33°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, Himeji
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Fukuji Onsen has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Fukuji Onsen, see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, explore the world behind art at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, and finally wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, hunt for treasures at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, snap pictures at Deai Bridge, take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then enjoy breathtaking views from Tenshukakau Observatory, and finally steep yourself in history at Wada House.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Takayama trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Kyoto to Takayama in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in September, plan for little chillier days in Takayama, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tsumagoi-mura.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

1
night
Tsumagoi-mura

Tsumagoi-mura ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Seto Falls, play a few rounds at Tsumagoi Kogen Golf Course, stop by Onioshi Highway, go for a walk through Onioshidashi Volcanic Park, then find something for the whole family at Karuizawa Toy Kingdom, and finally get engrossed in the history at Tsumagoi Folk Museum.

To find photos and more tourist information, read our Tsumagoi-mura travel planner.

Getting from Takayama to Tsumagoi-mura by car takes about 4 hours. In September in Tsumagoi-mura, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Tsumagoi-mura

Theme Parks Golf Outdoors
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Karuizawa Toy Kingdom ©
Karuizawa Toy Kingdom
Onioshidashi Volcanic Park ©
Onioshidashi Volcanic Park

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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, take a stroll through Odaiba, and make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip maker website.

You can drive from Tsumagoi-mura to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. When traveling from Tsumagoi-mura in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. On the 15th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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