15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan visit planner

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Drive to London Heathrow Airport, Fly to Naha Airport / JASDF Naha Air Base, Drive to Okinawa City
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Okinawa City
Drive to Naha Airport / JASDF Naha Air Base, Fly to Fukuoka
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Fukuoka
— 1 night
Train
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Kumamoto
— 1 night
Train
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train to Okayama, Ferry to Naoshima-cho
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Naoshima-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Kinokawa
— 1 night
Drive
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Nara
— 1 night
Drive
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Takayama
— 1 night
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 1 night
Fly
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Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly
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Hakodate
— 2 nights
Fly

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Okinawa City

Okinawa is the second-largest city in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, following Naha, the capital city. Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Okinawa City tour itinerary builder website.

London, UK to Okinawa City is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Okinawa City

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Fukuoka

— 1 night

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
On the 1st (Sat), stroll around Ohori Park, see where the action happens at Fukuoka Yahuoku! Dome, take an in-depth tour of Hakatamachiya Furusatokan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Fukuoka online trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Okinawa City to Fukuoka. In May, daily temperatures in Fukuoka can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Kumamoto

— 1 night
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): get all the information you need at Sakuranobaba Johsaien, don't miss a visit to Kumamon Square, then walk around Suizenji Jojuen Garden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kato Shrine, and finally step into the grandiose world of Kumamoto Castle.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Kumamoto day trip planning website.

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Kumamoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Hiroshima

— 1 night

City of Peace

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 3rd (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kumamoto to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In June in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites

Naoshima-cho

— 1 night
On a vacation in Naoshima-cho, a charming island town in the Seto Inland Sea, you can discover its numerous contemporary art museums, sculptures, installations, and galleries.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Chichu Art Museum, then explore the world behind art at Benesse House Museum, then step off the mainland to explore Naoshima, and finally admire the striking features of Art House Project.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Naoshima-cho trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Hiroshima to Naoshima-cho by combination of train and ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kinokawa.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Museums · Parks · Nature

Kinokawa

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kokawa Ubusuna Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kokawadera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Juzenritsuin Temple, then stop by Mekkemon Hiroba, and finally make a trip to Tama Museum Kishi Station.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kinokawa trip builder.

Drive from Naoshima-cho to Kinokawa in 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kinokawa

Historic Sites · Shopping

Nara

— 1 night

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 6th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, explore the galleries of Nara National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Nara trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Kinokawa to Nara takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Kyoto

— 2 nights
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.
On the 7th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Gion, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-ji Temple.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto online tour builder.

Traveling by car from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Nara in June, plan for a bit cooler nights in Kyoto, with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Takayama

— 1 night
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
On the 9th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, then see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum, then see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course.

To plan Takayama vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Kyoto to Takayama by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Kanazawa

— 1 night
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 10th (Mon), wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, make a trip to Omicho Market, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, then admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, and finally contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa route planner.

You can drive from Takayama to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Tokyo

— 1 night
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.
On the 11th (Tue), make a trip to Tokyo Tower, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, then don't miss a visit to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online trip planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Tokyo by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to fly to Hakodate.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks

Hakodate

— 2 nights

City of Lights

A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
On the 12th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Goryokaku Park, take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Motomachi, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse and then make a trip to Hachimanzaka.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hakodate trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Hakodate takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in June, expect Hakodate to be slightly colder, temps between 21°C and 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.