15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
3
Himeji
— 1 night
Train
4
Osaka
— 1 night
Drive
5
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
6
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Drive to Komatsu Airport / JASDF Komatsu Air Base, Fly to Washington

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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. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, and stop by Akihabara.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary builder app.

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 April, Tokyo is a bit warmer at night with lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to fly to Hiroshima.
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Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
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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 25th (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. On the next day, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima journey site.

You can fly from Tokyo to Hiroshima in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in April, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time 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.
On the 27th (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, then contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, and finally steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Himeji visit planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daytime highs in Himeji are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Osaka.
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Historic Sites · Parks
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Osaka — 1 night

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 28th (Wed), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, then walk around Kemasakuranomiya Park, and finally wander the streets of Dotombori District.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Osaka sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods
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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. Venture out of the city with trips to Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Nara Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, admire the natural beauty at Haradanien, go for a walk through Philosopher's Walk, and steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car 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 4th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, walk around Kenrokuen Garden, then steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Kyoto, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Historic Sites · Parks
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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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