15 days in Japan Itinerary

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Senso-ji Temple and Odaiba District. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, stroll around Ueno Park, take a stroll through Akihabara, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planning site.

Washington, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 14 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Washington in May, with lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kamakura.
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Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
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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 5th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Kencho-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Hase-dera Temple, and finally make a trip to Kōtoku-in.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kamakura road trip planning site.

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 May, you will find days in Kamakura are slightly colder (67°F), and nights are about the same (64°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can fly to Hiroshima.
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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.
On the 6th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art and then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Kamakura to Hiroshima takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Kamakura in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Hiroshima, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Himeji.
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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 8th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, then steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, and finally steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Himeji trip site.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the 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 Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Daimon-ji Temple (in Ibaraki), Mizuno Sportology Gallery (in Osaka) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk, and visit Arashiyama.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Himeji in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, then stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, then explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and finally contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa day trip planning app.

Drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. When traveling from Kyoto in May, plan for slightly colder days in Kanazawa, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can 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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