15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 3 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
Fly
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Kamakura
— 1 night
Drive
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Kyoto — 4 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 Arashiyama. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto journey planner.

Washington DC, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Washington DC to Kyoto, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
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Osaka — 3 nights

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Osaka Castle and Nara Park. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, &more). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, wander the streets of Dotombori District, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kotokuji Temple.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Osaka itinerary planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.
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Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
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Hiroshima — 1 night

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 10th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima online visit planner.

Getting from Osaka to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Kamakura.
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Historic Sites · Museums
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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 11th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kōtoku-in, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple Kannondo, and finally steep yourself in history at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kamakura trip planning tool.

You can fly from Hiroshima to Kamakura in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Hiroshima in July, expect nights in Kamakura to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.
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Historic Sites
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Tokyo — 4 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Odaiba District and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, wander the streets of Akihabara, engage your brain at National Museum of Nature and Science, and have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo online travel planner.

You can drive from Kamakura to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Kamakura, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight 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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