14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

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14 days in Japan Itinerary

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

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima & Itsukushima Shrine). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip app .

Amsterdam, Holland to Hiroshima is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in May: high temperatures in Hiroshima hover around 28°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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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 28th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, don't miss a visit to Himeji Castle, and then make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Himeji trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (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 ©
Koko-en
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 these side-trips from Kyoto: Todaiji Temple Cultural Center (in Nara) and Osaka (Dotonbori & Osaka Castle). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, and stroll around Yodoryokuchi Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Himeji in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Imperial Palace, and examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Tokyo are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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