15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
3
Himeji
— 1 night
Train
4
Osaka
— 1 night
Drive
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Senso-ji Temple and Akihabara. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Washington, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 19-hour flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Washington to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Tokyo, with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can fly to Hiroshima.
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Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Shopping
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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 26th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art and then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Hiroshima takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in April, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to take a 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.
On the 28th (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, then contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, and finally contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. April in Himeji sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can take a train to Osaka.
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Historic Sites · Parks
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Osaka — 1 night

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.
On the 29th (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, wander the streets of Dotombori District, then take a stroll through Minami (Namba), and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Osaka tour builder site.

Getting from Himeji to Osaka by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in April, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.
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Historic Sites · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Todai-ji Temple, &more). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Gion, admire the natural beauty at Haradanien, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, and contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): admire the striking features of Kanazawa Castle Ishikawa Gate, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Kyoto in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Kanazawa: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) 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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