15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: St. Croix
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
4
Kobe
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  5​h 15​min
6
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 2 nights
+2
bus + train + Fly:  25​h
End: St. Croix

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, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner .

St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands to Tokyo is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight. The time zone difference moving from Atlantic Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 13 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

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

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, go for a walk through Arashiyama, and contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Kyoto road trip tool .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): wander the streets of Dotonbori and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. On the next day, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Osaka trip planner .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. In August, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Kasuga Grand Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
night
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, gain insight at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, then take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Suma Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kobe online tour itinerary builder .

Kobe is just a stone's throw from Osaka. Traveling from Osaka in August, expect nights in Kobe to be about the same, around 31°C, while days are little chillier, around 35°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum ©
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum

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 12th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Miyajima and then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima online trip itinerary builder .

Take a train from Kobe to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

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

2
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
On the 14th (Fri), cool off at Fureai Pool Tamaho, admire the sheer force of Haha no Shirataki Waterfall, and then go for a walk through Lake Kawaguchi.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi online vacation builder .

Getting from Hiroshima to Fujikawaguchiko-machi by train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Hiroshima in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 26°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trip

Fureai Pool Tamaho
Highlights from your plan
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba ©
Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba

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