15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  4​h 30​min
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
4
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  45​min
5
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Los Angeles

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, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online route maker .

Los Angeles, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 17 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in October: highs in Tokyo hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
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.
On the 7th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable drive along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, make a trip to Omicho Market, then admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, and finally make a trip to Higashichaya Old Town.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Kanazawa trip planning tool .

Take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii, Itsukushima Shrine, & more). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima vacation planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Kanazawa to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kintaikyo Bridge
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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

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.
On the 12th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Himeji day trip planning site .

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in October, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Yoneda Taishiji Temple
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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.
Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, wander the streets of Gion, and don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kyoto attractions tool .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Universal Studios Japan
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

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