14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Phoenix
Fly:  17 h
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
4
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  16 h
End: Phoenix

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.
Get some cultural insight at Himeji Castle and Dotombori District. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Toshodai-ji Temple and Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nara (Nara Park, Nigatsu-do Temple, &more). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, get to know the fascinating history of Osaka, stroll around Kemasakuranomiya Park, and take in panoramic vistas at Harukas 300 Observation Deck.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Osaka trip maker tool.

Phoenix, USA to Osaka is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 16 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Phoenix in May; daily highs in Osaka reach 77°F and lows reach 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Nara, Himeji Castle, Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum, thenstep off the mainland to explore Miyajima, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Mikasahama Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. May in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, JMSDF Kure Museum
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JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

3
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 Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kinkaku-ji and Kamigamo Shrine. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, visit Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chion-in Temple, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kyoto travel route planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Pola Museum of Art and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Your inner history buff will appreciate Asakusa Shrine and Kencho-ji Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) (in Kamakura), Hakone Stone‐paved Road (in Hakone-machi) and Oya History Museum (in Utsunomiya). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Ueno District, see the interesting displays at Fire Museum, explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum, and contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo vacation maker app.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kamakura, Hakone-machi, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Oya History Museum
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Nezu Museum ©
Nezu Museum
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

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