15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

Plan created by another user. Make it yours
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
2
Kanazawa
— 1 night
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
5
Hiroshima
— 1 night

S M T W T F S
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24

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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, visit Odaiba District, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Skytree.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip builder app.

San Diego, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 17 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in July: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 87°F and lows are around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
©
Architectural Building
Tokyo Tower
4.2

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, explore the activities along Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, then steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, then see the interesting displays at Dolls Museum, and finally make a trip to Omicho Market.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip
Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
4.5
©
Specialty Museum
Dolls Museum
4.9

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 Ginkakuji Temple, wander the streets of Arashiyama, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums
Highlights from your trip
©
Must see
Kinkaku-ji
4.4

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 out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en) and Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (in Kobe). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and visit Dotombori District.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Osaka road trip tool.

Drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
©
Castle
Osaka Castle
4.0
©
World heritage site
Himeji Castle
4.5

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©

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 19th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima day trip planning website.

Getting from Osaka to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Highlights from your trip
©
World heritage site
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
4.7
©
Historic Site
Atomic Bomb Dome
4.7

Similar trips

17 days in Japan BY A USER FROM INDIA October, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems Preferences: October, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy 16 days in Japan BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 16 days in Japan BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: September, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 16 days in Japan BY A USER FROM GERMANY October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 19 days in Japan & Taipei BY A USER FROM CANADA August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 22 days in Japan BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA June, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: June, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 59 days in Japan BY A USER FROM INDIA February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems Preferences: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy 16 days in Japan BY A USER FROM MEXICO July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 19 days in Japan BY A USER FROM FRANCE October, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems Preferences: October, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy 18 days in Japan BY A USER FROM INDIA April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 16 days in Japan BY A USER FROM JAPAN November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, hidden gems Preferences: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 19 days in Japan BY A USER FROM FRANCE October, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems Preferences: October, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy
See more trips