15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly + train:  13​h 15​min
1
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
3
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Vancouver

5
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: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle, & more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, make a trip to Arashiyama, and take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Kyoto is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 17 hours. Traveling from Vancouver in April, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii, Itsukushima Shrine, & more) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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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

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Imperial Palace, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tokyo online tour builder .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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