15 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner
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Fly
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Kamakura
— 1 night
Fly
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
4
Himeji
— 1 night
Train
5
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
6
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Drive to Komatsu Airport / JASDF Komatsu Air Base, Fly to Washington

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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.
Senso-ji Temple and Akihabara are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo day trip planning app.

Washington, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to Tokyo is 14 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Washington in April, with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Kamakura.
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Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Shopping
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Kamakura — 1 night

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, then take in the pleasant sights at Hase-dera Temple Scenic Walkway, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Kōtoku-in.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kamakura online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Kamakura takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in April, expect nights in Kamakura to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are little chillier, around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Hiroshima.
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Historic Sites
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Hiroshima — 2 nights

City of Peace

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 29th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art and then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Kamakura to Hiroshima takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kamakura in April, you will find days in Hiroshima are a bit warmer (67°F), and nights are about the same (52°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Himeji.
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Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trip
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, then contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Himeji trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.
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Historic Sites · Parks
Side Trip
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Kyoto — 5 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.
Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine (in Osaka). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle.

Discover how to plan a Kyoto trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Himeji in May, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 59°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks
Side Trip
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Kanazawa — 1 night

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, and finally contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa day trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kyoto in May: highs in Kanazawa hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.
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Historic Sites · Parks
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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.
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