15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Hiroshima
— 1 night
2
Himeji
— 1 night
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
4
Nara
— 1 night
5
Kamakura
— 1 night
6
Nikko
— 2 nights
7
Tokyo
— 3 nights

1
night
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 1st (Thu): contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome and then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. On the next day, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, then pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, then make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally make a trip to Miyajima.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima road trip planning website.

London, UK to Hiroshima is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Japan Standard Time is 9 hours. In November, Hiroshima is somewhat warmer than London - with highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Miyajima
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Miyajima
Miyajima

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): make a trip to Himeji Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, then stroll around Karoyashikiato Park, and finally make a trip to Otemae Street.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Himeji tour planning app.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Historic Sites
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Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Otemae Street ©
Otemae Street

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, take a stroll through Arashiyama, and visit Gion.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary app.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 7:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 8th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, walk around Nara Park, then see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Todai-ji Temple.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Nara day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Kamakura.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

1
night
Kamakura

Kamakura ©
The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, don't miss a visit to Kamakura Komachidori, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Kōtoku-in.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kamakura trip maker.

Traveling by combination of train and subway from Nara to Kamakura takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Nara in November: highs in Kamakura hover around 14°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nikko.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites
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Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

2
nights
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, then admire the natural beauty at Shoyoen, and then explore the striking landscape of Nikko National Park. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the pleasant sights at Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chuzenji, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kegon Falls, and finally steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine.

To see maps and more tourist information, read Nikko trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kamakura to Nikko takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and subway; or take a bus. In November in Nikko, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nikko National Park
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 11:
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Nikko National Park ©
Nikko National Park
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park ©

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: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip planner.

You can drive from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Nikko in November: highs in Tokyo hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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