15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Philadelphia
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  18 h 15 min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Drive:  45 min
2
Yokohama
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
5
Osaka
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
6
Hiroshima
— 1 day
+3
Bus + Fly + Foot + Train:  21 h
End: Philadelphia

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, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo tour itinerary maker site.

Philadelphia, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 18.5- hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in June, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 67°F, while days are slightly colder, around 79°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Yokohama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

3
nights
Yokohama

Yokohama ©
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Enoshima Island, then don't miss a visit to Kōtoku-in, then contemplate the long history of Hase-dera Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Mon): take a stroll through Yokohama Minato Mirai 21, take a leisurely stroll along Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal, then walk around Yamashita Park, then take a stroll through Yokohama Chinatown, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Sankeien Gardens.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Yokohama road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Yokohama takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Yokohama can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Yokohama

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Kamakura, Enoshima Island
Highlights from your plan
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

2
nights
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 30th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri, then make a trip to Higashiyama Higashi Chaya District, then take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and finally stop by Yamato Soy Sauce Higashiyama. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, wander the streets of Nagamachi Neighborhood, don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station, then make a trip to Omicho Market, and finally steep yourself in history at Oyama Shrine.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa tour itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Yokohama to Kanazawa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take a stroll through Arashiyama, visit Gion, and steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kyoto tour itinerary maker tool.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 76°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Jishu Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, and finally take a stroll through Dotombori.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Osaka travel planning app.

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In July, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

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
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

1
day
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 7th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In July in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 76°F at night. On the 7th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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