Sample Itinerary for 15 Days Trip Exploring Japan

Embarking on a 15 day voyage through Japan, we dive deep into the heart of its iconic beauty, exploring a tapestry of ancient traditions, futuristic cities, and serene natural landscapes.

Join us as we traverse this land of contrasts, from the bustling streets of Tokyo to the tranquil majesty of Mt. Fuji, capturing the essence of Japan’s rich heritage and vibrant modernity.


Day 1: Departure

Our journey begins with an air of anticipation, as we board our flight, leaving behind the familiar to embrace the allure of the unknown. The skies stretch endlessly as we soar towards the Land of the Rising Sun, dreams of samurai, sushi, and sakura blooming in our thoughts.

Day 2: Tokyo - Arrival

Touching down in Tokyo, the electric energy of the city welcomes us with open arms. As we transfer to our hotel, the neon-lit skyline hints at the endless possibilities that await. Our adventure in this megacity begins tomorrow, but tonight, we rest, allowing the excitement to simmer.


Day 3: Tokyo - Exploring Iconic Spots

We start at the serene Asakusa Temple, where history whispers through the incense-scented air. A short journey brings us to the towering Tokyo Skytree, offering panoramic views of the city sprawling below. As evening falls, the pulsating lights of Shibuya Crossing envelop us in a spectacle of organized chaos. Nearby, the loyal Hachiko Statue stands as a testament to fidelity, while the vibrant Harajuku Takeshita Street dazzles us with its colorful fashion and youthful energy.


Day 4: Tokyo Continued

Tokyo’s multifaceted personality unfolds further today. Akihabara immerses us in an otaku’s paradise, where anime and technology reign supreme. The futuristic island of Odaiba surprises us with its diverse attractions, including the imposing Gundam statue. As sophistication envelops us in the Ginza District, nightfall in Shinjuku Kabuki-cho introduces us to Tokyo’s wild side, where neon lights dance and entertainment knows no bounds.


Day 5: Mt. Fuji and Hakone

Today, we venture beyond the city to the revered Mt. Fuji and Hakone. The spiritual tranquility of the Hakone Shrine, set against the backdrop of Lake Ashinoko, is a balm to our souls. The sulfuric clouds of Owakudani remind us of Earth’s power, while the whimsical Pirate Ship offers a unique vantage point of the surrounding natural beauty.


Day 6: Mt.Fuji Surroundings

Continuing our exploration around Mt. Fuji, Lake Kawaguchiko presents breathtaking views and reflective moments by its serene waters. The picturesque Oishi Park, the tranquil Sengen Shrine (Chureito Pagoda), and the charming Oshino Hakkai village immerse us in the cultural and natural beauty that surrounds Japan’s iconic mountain. The historical Iyashinosato Nemba village wraps our day in a tapestry of traditional thatched-roof houses against the majestic Fuji backdrop.


Day 7: Matsumoto, Kamikochi, and Hida

Venturing deeper into Japan’s heart, the imposing Matsumoto Castle stands as a sentinel of history, its reflective moat mirroring centuries of stories. The alpine paradise of Kamikochi welcomes us with open arms, its pristine waters and towering peaks narrating tales of the earth’s creation. As the day wanes, the enchanting streets of Hida offer a glimpse into a past preserved, with its traditional houses and warm hospitality inviting us to ponder and appreciate the slower pace of life.


Day 8: Shirakawa-go Gassho-zukuri and Artisan Crafts

The fairy-tale village of Shirakawa-go greets us with its iconic Gassho-zukuri houses, their steep thatched roofs designed to withstand heavy snowfall. A shuttle brings us to the observatory deck for panoramic views of this UNESCO heritage site, where time seems to stand still. Next, Takayama town envelops us in its Edo-period charm, inviting us to a food replica workshop, where we craft our own wax culinary masterpieces. Our day concludes in Gujo Hachiman Village, where waterways and traditional dances tell stories of old Japan.


Day 9: Kyoto's Timeless Allure

Kyoto, the heart of traditional Japan, welcomes us with open arms. The bamboo groves of Arashiyama whisper secrets of the past, while the majestic Kiyomizu-dera Temple offers breathtaking views over the city. We meander through Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka, streets frozen in time, before marveling at the thousands of vermilion torii gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine. As night falls, the historic Gion district beckons, its lantern-lit streets and occasional geisha sighting transporting us back in time.


Day 10: Osaka's Urban Beat and Nara's Tranquil History

We dive into the heart of Osaka, experiencing the formidable Osaka Castle, which stands as a reminder of Japan’s storied past. The bustling Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori areas beckon with their endless shopping and dining options, offering a taste of modern Japanese life. Then, a short journey to Nara, where the serene beauty of Nara Deer Park and the grandeur of Todaiji Temple, with its giant Buddha, offer a peaceful retreat into Japan’s spiritual history.


Day 11: Hiroshima's Poignant Beauty

The day begins with a ferry ride to the sacred Itsukushima Island, where the iconic “floating” torii gate of Miyajima Shrine awaits at the water’s edge. Returning to Hiroshima, the Atomic Bomb Dome and Peace Memorial Park offer powerful reminders of peace and resilience, urging us to reflect on history and humanity’s capacity for both destruction and compassion.


Day 12: Exploring the Charms of Kurashiki and Akashi city

Our adventure takes us to the charming streets of Kurashiki retro town, a hidden gem that offers a glimpse into Japan’s retro townscape. The majestic Okayama Castle, known as the “Crow Castle” for its dark exterior, captivates with its feudal beauty. The day ends in Akashi city, where the vibrant Harbor Land offers a stunning nighttime view of the city, illuminated against the backdrop of the sea.


Day 13: Whirlpools, Flowers, and Engineering Marvels

The day is filled with natural and man-made wonders, starting with a cruise to witness the powerful Naruto Whirlpools. The sprawling fields of Awaji Hana Sajiki dazzle with colorful blooms, creating a picturesque landscape. The tour concludes with a view of the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, an engineering feat that marvels as the world’s longest suspension bridge.


Day 14: Return to Urban Vibrance

We return to the bustling life of Osaka or Tokyo, soaking in the urban energy for one last day. This is a day for leisurely exploration, last-minute shopping, or simply enjoying the culinary delights and vibrant atmosphere of Japan’s metropolitan heart.

Osaka or Tokyo

Day 15: Departure

As we bid farewell to Japan, our hearts are full of memories from the serene temples of Kyoto to the dynamic streets of Osaka, the tranquil beauty of Nara, and the poignant history of Hiroshima.

This journey has been a tapestry of experiences, showcasing the rich culture, natural beauty, and technological marvels of Japan. Sayonara, until we meet again on another adventure that awaits in the Land of the Rising Sun.