15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Himeji
— 1 night
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
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Nagasaki
— 1 night
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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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.
On the 2nd (Sun), make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip itinerary builder app.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Himeji is an approximately 12-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Abu Dhabi to Himeji due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Abu Dhabi, expect colder days and a bit cooler nights in Himeji, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.
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Historic Sites · Parks
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Kyoto — 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto visit planning website.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.
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Hiroshima — 1 night

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 8th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip maker.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagasaki.
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Nagasaki — 1 night

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
On the 9th (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, then stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, then take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki visit planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Nagasaki can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Kanazawa.
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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 10th (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, then admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, and finally don't miss a visit to Neagarimatsu. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, visit Higashichaya Old Town, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, then don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally don't miss a visit to Kenrokuen Yamazakiyama.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa online road trip planner.

You can fly from Nagasaki to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Nagasaki in October; daily highs in Kanazawa reach 24°C and lows reach 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Tokyo.
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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.
Tokyo is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, take a stroll through Ginza, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tokyo online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Tokyo by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In October in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.
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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.
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