15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
4
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  1​h
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Toronto

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: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo day trip planning website .

Toronto, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Toronto to Tokyo, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Toronto in March, with highs in Tokyo at 17°C and lows at 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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 28th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and finally make a trip to Higashichaya Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, make a trip to Omicho Market, look for gifts at MIKOTO Tea House, then don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station, and finally contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tokyo in March, with highs in Kanazawa at 13°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (in Fushimi), Kyoto (Kinkaku-ji & Gion) and Kiyomizu-dera Temple (in Higashiyama). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Osaka online tour itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Osaka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kyoto
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Osaka in April, plan for little chillier days in Himeji, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Itsukushima Shrine, & more). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, and contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip itinerary maker website .

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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