15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Norwich
+2
bus + Fly + train:  19​h 15​min
1
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  1​h
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  18​h
End: Norwich

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.
Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip planning app .

Norwich, UK to Himeji is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and train. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Norwich to Himeji is 9 hours. Traveling from Norwich in June, things will get a bit warmer in Himeji: highs are around 28°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Yoneda Taishiji Temple
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 14th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Miyajima.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima online trip builder .

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In June in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Castle). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary planning app .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

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 20th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Gongenmori Beach, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, then take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, then see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, and finally make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, sample the tasty concoctions at Yachiya Sake Brewery, then don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station, and finally contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip planner .

Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kanazawa: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Beaches Historic Sites

Side Trip

Gongenmori Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tokyo day trip site .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Parks
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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