15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan tour planner

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Matsumoto
— 1 night
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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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, stop by Akihabara, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

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Montreal, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to Tokyo is 14 hours. In July, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Montreal - with highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · 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 17th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine.

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Getting from Tokyo to Hiroshima by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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.
Step out of Kyoto to go to Osaka and see Universal Studios Japan, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

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Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Matsumoto

— 1 night
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
On the 23rd (Sat), see the interesting displays at Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum (Matsumoto Mingei-kan), examine the collection at Matsumoto City Museum, and then step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Matsumoto trip planner.

You can fly from Kyoto to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. When traveling from Kyoto in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Matsumoto, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Museums · Historic Sites

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 24th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, contemplate the long history of Higashichaya Old Town, then don't miss a visit to Neagarimatsu, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, then don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and then see the interesting displays at Dolls Museum.

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Traveling by train from Matsumoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.