15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan route planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
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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: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Odaiba District, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo road trip planner.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Tokyo is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Abu Dhabi in May, with highs in Tokyo at 28°C and lows at 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay May 10 — 14:

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 15th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, then make a trip to Omicho Market, and finally admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station. Keep things going the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Kenrokuen Yamazakiyama, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, then explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and finally contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip planner.

You can fly from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 15°C in Kanazawa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 14 — 16:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Peace Osaka, wander the streets of Arashiyama, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 16 — 21:

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Miyajima and then take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima road trip app.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 21 — 23:

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 24th (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle and then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Himeji day trip site.

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay May 23 — 24:
Highlights from your trip

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.