15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Tokyo

— 4 nights
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.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, make a trip to Tokyo National Museum, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, and get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan.

Before you visit Tokyo, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Chicago, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Chicago to Tokyo. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Chicago in August since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Childrens Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

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 10th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Miyajima.

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

Fly from Tokyo to Hiroshima in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 77°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Himeji

— 1 night
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 12th (Thu), admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and then hike along Mt Shosha hiking.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Himeji tour itinerary planning site.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Himeji are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 80°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Kyoto

— 4 nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online travel route planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Himeji, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 92°F to lows of 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 17th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, explore the activities along Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, then take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and finally contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Gongenmori Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip app.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Kyoto in August, you will find days in Kanazawa are slightly colder (86°F), and nights are about the same (74°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.