15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Himeji
— 1 night
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Nagasaki
— 1 night
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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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.
Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka--about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and take a stroll through Gion.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

London, UK to Kyoto is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in October, things will get a bit warmer in Kyoto: highs are around 27°C and lows about 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trip

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and then make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji.

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Getting from Kyoto to Himeji by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In October in Himeji, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 6:

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 7th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): head off the coast to Miyajima and then admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hiroshima journey planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 8:

Nagasaki

— 1 night

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Nagasaki Peace Park.

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You can take a train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Nagasaki can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 9:

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
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 10th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, then walk around Kenrokuen Garden, then contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, and finally wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and then admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa sightseeing planning tool.

Getting from Nagasaki to Kanazawa by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Nagasaki in October; daily highs in Kanazawa reach 24°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 11:

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: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Tokyo are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 15:

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.