14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

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14 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Edmonton
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  4​h 30​min
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
4
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  45​min
5
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Edmonton

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, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Odaiba, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner.

Edmonton, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 16 hours traveling from Edmonton to Tokyo. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Edmonton in June: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 30°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Gongenmori Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, then admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, then don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, then take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, then contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, and finally admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip itinerary builder app .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Gongenmori Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine and then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Hiroshima route planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Hiroshima by combination of flight and train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To find out how to plan a trip to Himeji, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka (about 1h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, examine the collection at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kyoto online holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Himeji in July, you will find days in Kyoto are a bit warmer (37°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Universal Studios Japan
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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