15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Akita
— 3 nights
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 1 night
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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.
Tokyo is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo day trip planning site.

Dallas, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to Tokyo is 15 hours. When traveling from Dallas in May, plan for little chillier days in Tokyo, with highs around 76°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Akita.
Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 18 — 21:

Akita — 3 nights

The coastal city of Akita has gained a wider reputation for its Kanto Matsuri, or "pole lantern festival," where skilled performers balance long bamboo poles on their foreheads with glowing paper lanterns attached to the end.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Akita: Semboku (Samurai District, Ishiguro Samurai House, &more), Photo Gallery Blue Hole (in Katagami) and Namahage Museum (in Oga). There's much more to do: get outside with Suishinen, admire the natural beauty at Nida no Akitafuki, and meet the residents at Omoriyama Zoo.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, go to the Akita travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Tokyo to Akita in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in May, expect Akita to be a bit cooler, temps between 67°F and 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Himeji.
Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Side Trips
Find places to stay May 21 — 24:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, then take in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle, and then contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, use the Himeji visit planner.

You can fly from Akita to Himeji in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Akita in May, Himeji is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.
Historic Sites · Parks
Side Trip
Find places to stay May 24 — 25:
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Hiroshima — 1 night

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 26th (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima holiday app.

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. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.
Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 25 — 26:

Kyoto — 4 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.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take a stroll through Arashiyama, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.
Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping
Side Trip
Find places to stay May 26 — 30:

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 31st (Tue): contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, steep yourself in history at Higashichaya Old Town, then make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally make a trip to Neagarimatsu.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa visit planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Kyoto in May, you will find days in Kanazawa are a bit cooler (72°F), and nights are about the same (55°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.
Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 30 — 31:

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.