15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly + Train:  17 h 15 min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  30 min
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  18 h
End: Manchester

2
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Tokyo National Museum and Fire Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Hase-dera Temple and Kencho-ji Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), &more). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Nezu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Zojo-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Hozomon, and admire the masterpieces at teamLab☆Planets.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo itinerary planner.

Manchester, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Tokyo is 9 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in August; daily highs in Tokyo reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Kamakura
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teamLab☆Planets ©
teamLab☆Planets
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine

4
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Nijo Castle and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tenryuji Temple and Hikone Castle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Hikone (玄宮園 - Genkyūen Garden 玄宮園 & Hikone Castle Museum) and Saikoji Temple (in Omihachiman). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kifune Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toji, take in nature's colorful creations at Nanzen-ji Temple, and don't miss a visit to Mt. Kurama.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip maker app .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. August in Kyoto sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hikone, Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, Saikoji Temple
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

3
nights
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.
Koyasan Reihokan Museum and Nara National Museum will appeal to museum buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Koyasan Okunoin and Toshodai-ji Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Horyu-ji Temple (in Ikaruga-cho), Sakurai (Hase-dera Temple & Omiwa Shrine) and Kashihara Jingu (in Kashihara). It doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongobu-ji Temple and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Osaka attractions app .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Nara, Sakurai, Kashihara Jingu, Horyu-ji Temple
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Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Visit Daishoin Temple and Itsukushima Shrine Torii for their historical value. You'll explore and learn at Yamato Museum and Mazda Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Imaise Shrine, Miyajima, &more) and JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip itinerary builder.

Take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Mazda Museum
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Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum

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