15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Dubai

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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, don't miss a visit to Imperial Palace, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online road trip planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from Dubai in April, expect Tokyo to be much colder, temps between 22°C and 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Higashichaya Old Town, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, then don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, make a trip to Omicho Market, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sotoshu Chokeiji Temple.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa travel planning website .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Kanazawa, with lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Sotoshu Chokeiji Temple
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Todaiji Temple Cultural Center (in Nara), Osaka Castle (in Osaka) and Himeji (Koko-en Garden & Himeji Castle). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto online trip itinerary builder .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Fun & Games

Side Trips

Himeji, Osaka, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima), Ohara Museum of Art (in Kurashiki) and Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima sightseeing planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Ohara Museum of Art
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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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