15 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan route planner
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Fly
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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
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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo National Museum. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, wander the streets of Akihabara, visit Ginza, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Tokyo online holiday maker.

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 a bit warmer nights in Tokyo, with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to 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.
On the 27th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kōtoku-in, then steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple, then take some stellar pictures from Hase-dera Temple Scenic Walkway, and finally contemplate the long history of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kamakura trip planning tool.

You can drive from Tokyo to Kamakura in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in April, you will find days in Kamakura are slightly colder (58°F), and nights are about the same (55°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) 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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art and then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip builder website.

You can fly from Kamakura to Hiroshima in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kamakura in April: highs in Hiroshima hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can 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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, then steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, and finally steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Himeji holiday planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 2 hours. Other options are to 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kyoto.
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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Dotombori District in Dotombori--about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Arashiyama, contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip site.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.
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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.
On the 6th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, then stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, then steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. While traveling from Kyoto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.
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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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