15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
2
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  45​min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Newark

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.
Here are some ideas for day two: head off the coast to Miyajima and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima online trip builder .

Newark, USA to Hiroshima is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, subway, bus, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 14 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Hiroshima when traveling from Newark in September, with lows around 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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 5th (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Himeji City Tegarayama Botanical Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Kokoen Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Otemae Street.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Himeji trip itinerary planning site .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Nara Park and Gion. Nijo-jo Castle and Kinkaku-ji will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Nara (Todai-ji Temple & Kasuga Grand Shrine) and Osaka (Dotonbori & Osaka Castle). There's much more to do: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and take in the views from Shijo Bridge.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kyoto route planner .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. September in Kyoto sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 69°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trips

Nara, Osaka
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

5
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tokyo National Museum and Senso-ji Temple. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Odaiba and Kotoku-in (Great Buddha of Kamakura). When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Hase-dera Temple in Kamakura, approximately 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Akihabara, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, take some stellar pictures from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tokyo online route planner .

Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In September in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kamakura
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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