14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Houston
+3
Bus + Foot + Fly + Train:  18 h 15 min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  4 h
2
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
4
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
+4
Train + Bus + Fly + Foot + Bus:  18 h 30 min
End: Houston

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: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo road trip planning app.

Houston, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 18.5- hour combination of bus, flight, and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Houston to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Houston in December, with highs in Tokyo at 54°F and lows at 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, and take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima holiday app.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Hiroshima in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

3
nights
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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Jishu Shrine (in Otsu) and Kyoto (Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, &more). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan and wander the streets of Dotombori District.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Osaka route planning site.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. December in Osaka sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kyoto, Jishu Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, Wada House, &more). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Castle Hashizume Gate Tsuzukiyagura, don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station, and admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa travel route site.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 49°F during the day and 37°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
Highlights from your plan
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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