15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  6​h
1
Fukuoka
— 1 day
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  1​h
3
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  1​h
4
Osaka
— Few hours
train:  1​h
5
Nara
— 1 night
train:  1​h
6
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Chubu-Sangaku National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Kanazawa
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
9
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Singapore

1
day
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mt. Yufu, Umi Jigoku and Tenjin Underground Shopping Center. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, witness a stunning natural landmark at Umi Jigoku, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Yufu.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka tour planning website .

Singapore, Singapore to Fukuoka is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Fukuoka due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in April, expect Fukuoka to be colder, temps between 23°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Umi Jigoku, Mt. Yufu
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Mt. Yufu ©
Mt. Yufu
Umi Jigoku ©
Umi Jigoku
Tenjin Underground Shopping Center ©

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima day trip planning site .

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to take a train to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

1
night
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
On the 3rd (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, and then don't miss a visit to Otemae Street.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Himeji online trip itinerary planner .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April in Himeji, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

few
hours
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.
You've now added Osaka Castle Park to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): stroll around Osaka Castle Park and then wander the streets of Dotonbori.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka route planning tool .

Take a train from Himeji to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Osaka, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks
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Osaka Castle Park ©
Osaka Castle Park

1
night
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, then examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Nara trip site .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kyoto Imperial Palace, Nijo Castle, Kinkaku-ji, and other attractions you added. On the 5th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Bishamondo, then take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Kyoto Imperial Palace. On the next day, make a trip to Arashiyama, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto tour itinerary planning site .

Take a train from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Nara in April since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Chubu-Sangaku National Park.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

1
night
Chubu-Sangaku National Park

Chubu-Sangaku National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): don't miss a visit to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then enjoy breathtaking views from Tenshukakau Observatory, and finally take in the views from Deai Bridge.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Chubu-Sangaku National Park road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Kyoto to Chubu-Sangaku National Park in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Kyoto in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Chubu-Sangaku National Park, with lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Chubu-Sangaku National Park

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): make a trip to Omicho Market, don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, then step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa road trip planning app .

Getting from Chubu-Sangaku National Park to Kanazawa by car takes about 2.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Ryogoku Kokugikan, Akihabara, Aokigahara Forest, and other attractions. The adventure continues: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Skytree.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 12°C in Tokyo. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tokyo Disneyland, Mt. Fuji 5th Station, Aokigahara Forest
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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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