14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

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14 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  17 h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h
2
Nikko
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Train:  4 h
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
5
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
6
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Train:  21 h 30 min
End: Philadelphia

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at teamLab☆Planets and Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple). Step off the beaten path and head to Kencho-ji Temple and Engaku-ji Temple. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura--about 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Hozomon, stop by Ginza Itoya Hontren, explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Kanda Myojin.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip app .

Philadelphia, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in September, Tokyo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can take a train to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Kamakura
Highlights from your plan
teamLab☆Planets ©
teamLab☆Planets
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

1
night
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nikko Tosho-gu as well as Kegon Falls. Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Nantai, contemplate the long history of Nikko Futarasan Jinja Chugushi Shrine, then stroll around Italian Embassy House Memorial Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kegon Falls, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Furumine Jinja.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Nikko trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September in Nikko, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Furumine Jinja
Highlights from your plan
Furumine Jinja ©
Furumine Jinja
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Italian Embassy House Memorial Park ©
Italian Embassy House Memorial Park

1
night
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hakone Yuryo as well as Hakone Sightseeing Cruise.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi road trip app .

You can drive from Nikko to Hakone-machi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a train. When traveling from Nikko in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Outdoors Spas
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The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Okada Museum of Art ©
Okada Museum of Art
Hakone Sightseeing Cruise ©
Hakone Sightseeing Cruise

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ginkakuji Temple, Kyoto Imperial Palace, Fushimi Sake Village, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): stop by Shinbashi Dori, get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market Shopping District, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally make a trip to Fushimi Sake Village. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Enkō-ji Temple, take in the exciting artwork at Art Postcard Gallery and Shop Kyoto Benrido, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then steep yourself in history at Kyoto Imperial Palace, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto tour itinerary builder site .

Traveling by train from Hakone-machi to Kyoto takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Hakone-machi in September, you will find days in Kyoto are somewhat warmer (83°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

2
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.
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street has been added to your itinerary. On the 14th (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, examine the collection at Glico Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Hozenji Yokocho, get a taste of the local shopping with Hankyu Umeda Honten, then wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and finally shop like a local with Dotonbori.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka travel route planner.

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. September in Osaka sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Hankyu Umeda Honten ©
Hankyu Umeda Honten
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Hozenji Yokocho ©
Hozenji Yokocho

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
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 15th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine Torii, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku, and finally head off the coast to Miyajima.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip maker website .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in September, and nighttime lows around 69°F. You will leave for home on the 18th (Fri).

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku

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