15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Shirahama-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
5
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train
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Onomichi
— 1 night
Drive
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Toyooka
— 1 night
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 1 night
Fly
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Heian Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chion-in Temple, then have some family-friendly fun at Geisha and Maiko Makeover Experience in Kyoto Gion Aya, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamigamo Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kurama-dera, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kurama, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kifune Shrine.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Kyoto online route planner.

Cleveland, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Cleveland to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cleveland in April: high temperatures in Kyoto hover around 67°F and lows are around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature

Osaka

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, ponder the world of politics at Mint Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Nara Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Kawasaki Good Times World, see the interesting displays at UCC Coffee Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Maya, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Rokko, then soak in some Japanese tradition at Arima Onsen, and finally see the interesting displays at Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. April in Osaka sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Shirahama-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Shirahama-cho

— 1 night
A popular resort town with many hot springs and long, man-made white sand beaches, Shirahama-cho draws scores of tourists.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Murosan Monjudo, stroll through Sandambeki Rock Cliff, don't miss a visit to Sandanbeki Cave, then explore the striking landscape at Senjojiki, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Sansho Shrine, and finally stroll through Shirarahama Beach.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Shirahama-cho sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Shirahama-cho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Osaka in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 58°F in Shirahama-cho. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Himeji.

Things to do in Shirahama-cho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Himeji

— 1 night
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 18th (Sat): cruise along Gin no Basha Michi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagoyama Reien Busharito, steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, make a trip to Himeji Castle, then trek along Mt Shosha hiking, and finally make a trip to Hiromine Shrine.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Himeji holiday maker.

Traveling by car from Shirahama-cho to Himeji takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in April, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails · Parks

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, and finally appreciate the history behind Peace Flame.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima journey maker website.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can take a train to Onomichi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Onomichi

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takami, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Shirataki, make a trip to Innoshima Suigun Castle, explore the world behind art at Hirayama Ikuo Museum of Art, then get outside with Ikuchijima, and finally cruise along Ikuchi Bridge.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Onomichi travel itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Onomichi in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. 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 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Toyooka.

Things to do in Onomichi

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Toyooka

— 1 night
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.
On the 21st (Tue), meet the residents at Hyogo Park of the Oriental White Stork, test the waters at a local thermal spa, appreciate the extensive heritage of Street of Kinosaki Onsen, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shisho Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Onsenji Temple, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Takeno Coast.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Toyooka day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Onomichi to Toyooka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in April, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Toyooka

Historic Sites · Parks · Spas · Nature

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 22nd (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Kanazawa Noh Museum, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, then don't miss a visit to Kazuemachi Tea House Street, and finally examine the collection at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa visit planner.

Getting from Toyooka to Kanazawa by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Toyooka in April, Kanazawa is slightly colder at night with lows of 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Tokyo

— 3 nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Nezu Shrine and Hozomon. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park) and Zaimokuza Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kamakura (Ugafuku Shrine ( Goddess of Money Washing), Engaku-ji Temple, &more). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Chidorigafuchi, wander the streets of Ueno District, steep yourself in history at Kitanomaru Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 51°F in Tokyo. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.