15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
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Tokyo

— 4 nights
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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planning app.

Oslo, Norway to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Oslo to Tokyo. When traveling from Oslo in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 1 — 5:

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 6th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, walk around Kenrokuen Garden, and then explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, make a trip to Omicho Market, then take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa route maker tool.

Getting from Tokyo to Kanazawa by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 7:

Kyoto

— 4 nights
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: Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Osaka (Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan & Universal Studios Japan). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 7 — 11:

Hiroshima

— 3 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima online trip maker.

Getting from Kyoto to Hiroshima by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 11 — 14:

Himeji

— 1 night
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 15th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Himeji Castle and then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Himeji day trip planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 15:
Highlights from your trip

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.