14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

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14 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
2
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Newark

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Matsuyama (Dogo Onsen Kanko Kaikan, Dogo Onsengai, & more), Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's more to do: examine the collection at Yamato Museum.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip app .

Newark, USA to Hiroshima is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, subway, bus, and flight. Traveling from Newark to Hiroshima, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Newark in April since evenings lows in Hiroshima dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Matsuyama, Kure, Kintaikyo Bridge, Mt. Misen
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Mt. Misen ©
Mt. Misen
Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Kintaikyo Bridge ©
Kintaikyo Bridge

3
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Venture out of the city with trips to Yoshino-cho (Yoshimizu Shrine, Mt. Yoshino, & more), Kinokawa Service Area (in Wakayama) and Iwade (Negoro-ji Temple Daimon & Negoro-ji Temple). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shori-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Koyasan Station, and contemplate the long history of Chokeiji Temple.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary planner .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In April, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Yoshino-cho, Iwade, Shori-ji Temple, Chokeiji Temple, Kinokawa Service Area Outbound
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Mt. Yoshino ©
Mt. Yoshino
Kinpusenji Temple ©
Kinpusenji Temple
Negoro-ji Temple ©
Negoro-ji Temple

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): contemplate the long history of Teradaya, examine the collection at Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum, then don't miss a visit to Byodoin, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sakunado Shrine, and finally explore the world behind art at Miho Museum. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Fushimi Sake Brewers Association, then sample the fine beverages at Suntory Yamazaki Distillery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoshimine-dera, and finally try your luck at Kyoto Horse Racetrack.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kyoto visit planner.

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trips

Suntory Yamazaki Distillery, Miho Museum, Byodoin, Sakunado Shrine
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Yoshimine-dera ©
Yoshimine-dera
Byodoin ©
Byodoin
Miho Museum ©
Miho Museum

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Kamogawa (Amatsu Shinmeigu Shrine & Kamogawa Sea World), Hakone-machi (Hakone Ropeway, The Hakone Open-Air Museum, & more) and Odawara Castle (in Odawara).

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip maker .

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in April, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Kamogawa, Odawara Castle
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The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Hakone Ropeway ©
Hakone Ropeway
Odawara Castle ©
Odawara Castle

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