15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Sapporo
— 1 night
2
Aomori
— 1 night
3
Sendai
— 1 night
4
Nikko
— 1 night
5
Tokyo
— 3 nights
6
Kyoto
— 3 nights
7
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
8
Himeji
— 1 night

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Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): walk around Odori Park. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), explore the activities along Otaru Canal, thentake in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, and finally get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Sapporo road trip planning website.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Sapporo is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 8 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Amsterdam in March: high temperatures in Sapporo hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Aomori.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Otaru Canal
Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

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night
Aomori

Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
On the 13th (Fri), appreciate the views at Tashirotai Heights, get outside with Hakkoda Odake, thenhit the slopes at Hakkoda Ski Area, thenboost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Aomori trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Aomori takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. In March, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can take a train to Sendai.

Things to do in Aomori

Outdoors Parks Spas
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Thermal Spas
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse ©
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse

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Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Sendaijo Ato, don't miss a visit to Ruins of the Great East Japan Earthquake Sedai Arahama Elementary School, get your game on at Icerink Sendai, thentake in breathtaking views at Okunikkawa Ravine, and finally look and learn at Sendai Astronomical Observatory.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Sendai journey builder.

You can take a train from Aomori to Sendai in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Aomori in March: high temperatures in Sendai hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Nikko.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites Fun & Games Nature
Highlights from your plan
Sendaijo Ato ©
Sendaijo Ato
Sendai Astronomical Observatory ©
Sendai Astronomical Observatory

1
night
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji, admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls, thentake in the pleasant sights at Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, and finally contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Nikko visit planner.

Traveling by train from Sendai to Nikko takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around °C in March, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park ©
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

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: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, wander the streets of Akihabara, stop by Odaiba District, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Tokyo vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Nikko to Tokyo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nikko in March, expect nights in Tokyo to be a bit cooler, around °C, while days are somewhat warmer, around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

3
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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.
Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka--about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. March in Kyoto sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

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nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Miyajima, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip site.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in March, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima
Miyajima
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en and then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle.

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

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around °C in March, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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