15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  4​h
2
Nozawaonsen-mura
— 1 night
train:  2​h
3
Matsumoto
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Nagiso-machi
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
5
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train + Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: London

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, admire the striking features of Imperial Palace, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tokyo online trip maker .

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in March, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 17°C and 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can take a train to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings ©
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

1
night
Nozawaonsen-mura

Nozawaonsen-mura ©
Many visitors take a trip to Nozawaonsen-mura, a picturesque hot spring village in Nagano Prefecture, to get away from it all.
You've now added Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, then don't miss a visit to Ogama, then hit the slopes at Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, and finally fly down the slopes at Nozawa Onsen. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Nozawa Onsen Early Morning Market (Asaichi).

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Nozawaonsen-mura visit planner .

You can drive from Nikko to Nozawaonsen-mura in 4 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Nozawaonsen-mura when traveling from Nikko in April, with lows around 10°C. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nozawaonsen-mura

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
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Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ©
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Nozawa Onsen ©
Nozawa Onsen

1
night
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
On the 5th (Sun), experience rural life at Daio Wasabi Farm, explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, and then take a stroll through Nawate Shopping District.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Nozawaonsen-mura to Matsumoto in 2 hours. In April, daytime highs in Matsumoto are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nagiso-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Daio Wasabi Farm
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Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Daio Wasabi Farm ©
Daio Wasabi Farm
Nawate Shopping District
Nawate Shopping District

1
night
Nagiso-machi

Nagiso-machi ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): hike along Nakasendo Walking Trail, Tsumagojuku, take in the views from Momosuke Bridge, then admire the verdant scenery at Kakizore Valley, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kotoku-ji Temple.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Nagiso-machi trip planner .

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Nagiso-machi takes 2.5 hours. In April in Nagiso-machi, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagiso-machi

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Nakasendo Tsumagojuku ©
Nakasendo Tsumagojuku
Momosuke Bridge ©
Momosuke Bridge
Kotoku-ji Temple ©
Kotoku-ji Temple

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, don't miss a visit to Gion, and have some family-friendly fun at NINJA VR KYOTO.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Kyoto planner .

Traveling by car from Nagiso-machi to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. On the 11th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Classes
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
NINJA VR KYOTO ©
NINJA VR KYOTO
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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