15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan vacation planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Bus to Odawara, Train to Kanazawa
3
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Drive
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Nara
— 1 night
Drive
6
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train
7
Himeji
— 1 night
Train
8
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to London

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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 historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo vacation maker site.

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from London to Tokyo, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In April, Tokyo is a bit warmer than London - with highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Find places to stay Apr 3 — 6:

Hakone-machi

— 1 night
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, explore the world behind art at Narukawa Art Museum, then explore the activities along Lake Ashinoko, and finally contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

To find maps and tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Hakone-machi by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in April, you will find days in Hakone-machi are a bit cooler (15°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 7:

Kanazawa

— 1 night
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, make a trip to Omicho Market, steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, then walk around Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, and finally contemplate the long history of Higashichaya Old Town.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa visit planning website.

Do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Kanazawa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train; or drive. When traveling from Hakone-machi in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Kanazawa: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 8:

Kyoto

— 3 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.
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 Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take a stroll through Gion, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Kyoto are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 11:

Nara

— 1 night

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 12th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Nara online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Kyoto in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nara, with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 12:

Osaka

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): walk around Shukugawa Park and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, then wander the streets of Dotombori District, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka trip maker.

You can drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Another option is to take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Nara in April since evenings lows in Osaka dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 12 — 14:

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 15th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and finally stroll around Otokoyama Haisuiike Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Himeji day trip planning site.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Osaka in April: highs in Himeji hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 14 — 15:

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 16th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art and then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

For more things to do and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Find places to stay Apr 15 — 17:

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.