15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
+2
train + foot + Fly:  23​h
1
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
2
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly + train:  18​h 45​min
End: Philadelphia

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, & more) and Mashike Itsukushima Shrine (in Mashike-cho). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima day trip planning app .

Philadelphia, USA to Hiroshima is an approximately 23-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Hiroshima due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in April, Hiroshima is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Mashike Itsukushima Shrine
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 27:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, take in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle, then don't miss a visit to Nishi no Maru Nagatsubone, and finally don't miss a visit to Otemae Street.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Himeji online attractions 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, daytime highs in Himeji are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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.
On the 29th (Wed), wander the streets of Dotonbori and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and then appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple.

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Traveling by car from Himeji to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April in Osaka, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
Find places to stay Apr 28 — 30:
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, go for a walk through Arashiyama, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and take a stroll through Gion.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kyoto online sightseeing planner .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, shopping, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, and take a stroll through Odaiba.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online journey planner .

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. May in Tokyo sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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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

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