15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel route planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly
2
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Drive
3
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train
4
Himeji
— 1 night
Train
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, stroll around Ueno Park, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

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Porto, Portugal to Tokyo is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. April in Tokyo sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 8:

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 9th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, then explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and finally wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa vacation maker website.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for a bit cooler nights in Kanazawa, with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 9:

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Osaka (Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, &more). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto holiday planning site.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 9 — 14:

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 15th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt Shosha hiking.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 15:

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 16th (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima holiday planner.

Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. You will leave for home on the 17th (Mon).

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 17:

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.