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
— 4 nights
4
Himeji
— 2 nights
5
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: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, visit Odaiba District, get in on the family fun at Tokyo DisneySea, and take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Istanbul to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Tokyo, with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
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Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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 20th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, don't miss a visit to Higashichaya Old Town, make a trip to Omicho Market, thensteep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, thensee the interesting displays at Dolls Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Oyama Shrine. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, thenmake a trip to Kanazawa Station, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Gongenmori Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Kanazawa are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Gongenmori Beach
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Osaka (Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan & Imperial Hotel Plaza Osaka). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and have some family-friendly fun at NINJA VR KYOTO.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kyoto driving holiday site.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

2
nights
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 26th (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura. On your second day here, snap pictures at Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, thenkick back and relax at Matsue Swimming Beach, thensteep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and finally examine the collection at Ako City Folk Shiryokan.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Himeji tour itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Himeji, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Ako City Folk Shiryokan, Matsue Swimming Beach, Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Mt. Takamikura
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Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Akashi Kaikyo Bridge ©
Akashi Kaikyo Bridge

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, thenget engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. On your second day here, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and then admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima road trip planning tool.

Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Hiroshima are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow time for 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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