15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
2
Kanazawa
— 1 night
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
4
Himeji
— 1 night
5
Hiroshima
— 1 night
6
Osaka
— 2 nights

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 40 minutes away). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, make a trip to Tokyo Skytree, wander the streets of Ginza, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary maker website.

Denver, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Denver to Tokyo, you'll lose 16 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Denver in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 76°F in Tokyo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
Highlights from your plan
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

1
night
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 22nd (Sat): contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, make a trip to Omicho Market, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, then stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, and finally walk around Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa vacation builder.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and wander the streets of Arashiyama.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto sightseeing planning tool.

Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kanazawa in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 92°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

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.
On the 27th (Thu), take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Himeji online road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in August, expect nights in Himeji to be about the same, around 80°F, while days are slightly colder, around 86°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mt. Takamikura
Highlights from your plan
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

1
night
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 28th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip planner.

Getting from Himeji to Hiroshima by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums
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

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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 29th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and finally take a stroll through Dotombori District. Keep things going the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka itinerary maker app.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In August in Osaka, expect temperatures between 92°F during the day and 77°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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