15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Kyoto
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Toyooka
— 1 night
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Onomichi
— 1 night
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Sendai
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 3 nights

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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.
On the 16th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daigo-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishi Honganji, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Higashi Hongan-ji Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, then make a trip to Heian Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Keage Incline, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chion-in Temple.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner.

Cleveland, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 14 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Cleveland in April; daily highs in Kyoto reach 67°F and lows reach 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Wakakusa, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Keep things going the next day: get a sense of history and politics at Mint Museum, walk around Kemasakuranomiya Park, then have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, then make a trip to Hozenji Yokocho, and finally wander the streets of Dotombori District.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Osaka online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Osaka are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Toyooka.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple

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Toyooka

Toyooka ©
A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, appreciate the extensive heritage of Street of Kinosaki Onsen, kick back and relax at Takeno Coast, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Onsenji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hiyoshi Shrine, and finally see the interesting displays at Naomi Uemura Bokenkan.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Toyooka road trip website.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Toyooka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. When traveling from Osaka in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Toyooka, with highs around 63°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Onomichi.

Things to do in Toyooka

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Spas
Highlights from your plan
Street of Kinosaki Onsen ©
Street of Kinosaki Onsen
Onsenji Temple ©
Onsenji Temple
Hiyoshi Shrine ©
Hiyoshi Shrine

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Onomichi

Onomichi ©
A port city next to the inland sea, Onomichi maintains a small-town feel and a domestic reputation for well-preserved landmarks, quiet streets, and traditions.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jyodo Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saikokuji Temple, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takami, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Shirataki, then step into the grandiose world of Innoshima Suigun Castle, and finally take a memorable drive along Ikuchi Bridge.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Onomichi online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Toyooka to Onomichi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. In April, daily temperatures in Onomichi can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Onomichi

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Takami ©
Mt. Takami

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Hiroshima

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally appreciate the history behind Peace Flame. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at To no Oka, identify plant and animal life at Shiraito River, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku, tour the pleasant surroundings at Miyajima, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mikasahama Beach, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Misen Wild Woods.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by train from Onomichi to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sendai.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku

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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.
On the 24th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Rinnoji Temple, learn more about the world around you at Tohoku University of Natural History, explore the historical opulence of Aoba Castle Museum, steep yourself in history at Sendaijo Ato, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gokoku Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsutsujigaoka Tenmangu. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atago Jinja Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Zuihoden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takekoma Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Funaoka Castle Ruins, then identify plant and animal life at Shiroishigawa Embankment Hitome Sembonzakura, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Funaokajoshi Park.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sendai trip planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Sendai by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Hiroshima in April, you will find days in Sendai are a bit cooler (58°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Rinnoji Temple ©
Rinnoji Temple
Sendaijo Ato ©
Sendaijo Ato
Atago Jinja Shrine ©
Atago Jinja Shrine

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and Nezu Shrine. Your inner history buff will appreciate Asakusa Shrine and Kitanomaru Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Kamakura (Engaku-ji Temple & Kencho-ji Temple). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Chidorigafuchi, examine the collection at Fire Museum, explore the activities along Meguro River, and steep yourself in history at Hozomon.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo travel planner.

Traveling by train from Sendai to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Sendai in April, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Meguro River ©
Meguro River
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

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