15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly

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Hiroshima

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 12th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku, contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Misen Wild Woods. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary website.

London, UK to Hiroshima is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from London in September; daily highs in Hiroshima reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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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 14th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Himeji tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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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 15th (Wed): find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan and then walk around Itami Sky Park. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, then ponder the world of politics at Mint Museum, and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka road trip planning tool.

Take a train from Himeji to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Beer Tastings & Tours and Sanzen-in Temple. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chion-in Temple, don't miss a visit to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Museums

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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 (Mon): don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, examine the collection at Dolls Museum, stop by Amanatto Kawamura, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, then take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and finally stroll around Kanazawa Castle Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Suganuma Gassho Community, stop by Gokayama, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, then walk around Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

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Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in September, plan for slightly colder days in Kanazawa, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Food Tours and Waho-An NATURE Tokyo. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Kinchakuda Manjushage Park in Hidaka--about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: have fun at teamLab☆Planets, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, get curious at National Museum of Nature and Science, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Tokyo by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In September in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.