15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
2
Kanazawa
— 1 night
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights

4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get the adrenaline pumping with Street Kart Shibuya, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tokyo tour itinerary builder.

Exeter, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. In December, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 26:
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Street Kart Shibuya ©
Street Kart Shibuya
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
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 27th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri, make a trip to Kanazawa Station, then make a trip to Omicho Market, and finally wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa day trip planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Kanazawa by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in December, you will find days in Kanazawa are little chillier (11°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

3
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, and wander the streets of Gion.

Plan my day in Kyoto using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

3
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka driving holiday site.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Osaka sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nara
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, have fun at SHA-RAKU Archery Experience, then make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally appreciate the history behind Peace Bell.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In January in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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