15 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel route planner
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Fly
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train
3
Himeji
— 1 night
Train
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Kamakura
— 1 night
Drive to Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Fly to Washington

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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 Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo National Museum. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Yokohama (Takanashi Milk Rose Garden, Sankeien Gardens, &more) and Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka). The adventure continues: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Akihabara, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Suntory Museum of Art.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tokyo visit planner.

Washington, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 14 hours. Traveling from Washington in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Tokyo, with lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Arashiyama. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Kuromon Market (in Nippombashi). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

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You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can catch the 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 18th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Engyo-ji Temple Mitsunodo, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, take in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle, then contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, and finally contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Himeji trip builder site.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kyoto in May: highs in Himeji hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to take a 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.
On the 19th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and then admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, and finally steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight 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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple Kannondo, steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kōtoku-in.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kamakura day trip site.

You can fly from Hiroshima to Kamakura in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Hiroshima, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kamakura, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time 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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