15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Komatsu Airport / JASDF Komatsu Air Base, Drive to Kanazawa
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Kanazawa
— 1 day
Drive
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Fly
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Kamakura
— 1 night
Drive
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly

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Kanazawa — 1 day

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 20th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden and then steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa route planner.

Washington, USA to Kanazawa is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to Kanazawa is 14 hours. April in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 45°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District, take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk, and take in nature's colorful creations at Haradanien.

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Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can take a train to Osaka.
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Osaka — 2 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.
On the 25th (Sun), get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan and then wander the streets of Dotombori District. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, then get engrossed in the history at Osaka Museum of History, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park.

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You can drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can 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 27th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Engyo-ji Temple Mitsunodo, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, and finally steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

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You can take a train from Osaka to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Osaka in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Himeji: temperatures range from 63°F by day to 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to catch the train 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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): 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 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.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Kamakura.
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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 30th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kōtoku-in, then steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Nagoe Excavation, and finally contemplate the long history of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Kamakura trip planner.

You can fly from Hiroshima to Kamakura in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Traveling from Hiroshima in April, expect nights in Kamakura to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are slightly colder, around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.
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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 Tokyo National Museum. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip builder.

Traveling by car from Kamakura to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kamakura in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 67°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.
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Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
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Japan travel guide

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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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