15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

Make it your trip
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 1 night
Fly
5
Tokyo
— 5 nights
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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 17th (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, don't miss a visit to Himeji Castle, and then contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Himeji tour planning website.

Brisbane, Australia to Himeji is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Brisbane to Himeji, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brisbane in May, Himeji is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

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Highlights from your trip

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 18th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. On your second day here, step off the mainland to explore Miyajima and then admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip itinerary planning site.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. May in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dotombori District (in Dotombori), Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan) and Kofuku-ji Temple (in Nara). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, wander the streets of Arashiyama, and take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Kyoto sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 19 — 24:

Kanazawa

— 1 night
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 25th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, then don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and finally take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa route maker tool.

Drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Kyoto in May, you will find days in Kanazawa are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Tokyo

— 5 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: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online visit planner.

You can fly from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in May, Tokyo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
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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.