15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
2
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
5
Himeji
— 1 night
6
Hiroshima
— 2 nights

3
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, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo itinerary planner.

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Tokyo, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in April: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Parks
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Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

2
nights
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 17th (Sat): explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, thenadmire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, thenmake a trip to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri, and finally contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, thendon't miss a visit to Omicho Market, thenexplore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle Hashizume Gate Tsuzukiyagura, and finally steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa online attractions planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in April, Kanazawa is slightly colder at night with lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

3
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, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and take a stroll through Arashiyama.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto online vacation planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): stop by Dotombori District, don't miss a visit to Ukiyokoji Street, and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, thenmeet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and finally see the interesting displays at Mizuno Sportology Gallery.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka day trip planning site.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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 24th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, thenexplore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and finally go for a walk through Otokoyama Haisuiike Park.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Himeji trip app.

You can take a train from Osaka to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Osaka in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Himeji, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Yoneda Taishiji Temple
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, thensteep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, thenexamine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. On your second day here, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and then appreciate the history behind Peace Bell.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip itinerary website.

Getting from Himeji to Hiroshima by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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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

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