15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Nikko
— 1 night
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Himeji
— 1 night
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 2 nights

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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.
Head to Ginza and Art Jeunesse Akihabarafor some retail therapy. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Odaiba District and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 17 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 88°F and lows about 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

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Religious Site
Senso-ji Temple
4.4
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Neighborhood
Odaiba District
4.2

1
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): go for a walk through Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yakushido, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Cryptomeria Avenue.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Nikko route planning site.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nikko: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 77°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites · Parks
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Religious Site
Nikko Tosho-gu
4.4
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Historic Site
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
4.6

4
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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.
Head to Nishiki Market Shopping District and Musubi Kyotofor some retail therapy. Popular historic sites such as Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: visit Arashiyama, steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Nikko to Kyoto in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nikko in August: highs in Kyoto hover around 92°F, while lows dip to 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Must see
Nijo Castle
4.3

1
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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 19th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, then contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, then don't miss a visit to Himeji Castle, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Himeji itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kyoto in August: highs in Himeji hover around 86°F, while lows dip to 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

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World heritage site
Himeji Castle
4.5
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Historic Site
Nishi no Maru
4.7
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Garden
Koko-en
4.4

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 20th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Keep things going the next day: stop by Itsukushima Gekijyo and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Side Trip

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World heritage site
Itsukushima Shrine
4.7
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World heritage site
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
4.7

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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, stop by Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori, then wander the streets of Dotombori District, and finally wander the streets of Minami (Namba).

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Osaka trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 92°F in August, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

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Neighborhood
Dotombori District
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Castle
Osaka Castle
4.0

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