15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Tokyo Haneda, Tram to Hamamatsucho, Train to Kanazawa
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Kanazawa
— 1 day
Drive
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 1 night
Drive
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train to Odawara, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Drive
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Yokohama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly

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Kanazawa

— 1 day
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 8th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, and then explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa travel website.

New York City, USA to Kanazawa is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, tram, and train; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 14 hour difference. In April, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

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

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: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Arashiyama, visit Gion, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. 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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Nara day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Kyoto in April since evenings lows in Nara dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive 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: steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, then meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, and finally shop like a local with Dotombori District.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka day trip planning site.

Getting from Nara to Osaka by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Osaka when traveling from Nara in April, with lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 12 — 14:

Hiroshima

— 1 night

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 15th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima driving holiday planning app.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in April, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Find places to stay Apr 14 — 15:

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, admire the masterpieces at Narukawa Art Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashinoko, and finally steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

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Getting from Hiroshima to Hakone-machi by combination of train and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train; or drive. When traveling from Hiroshima in April, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 55°F by day to 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Yokohama.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 16:

Yokohama

— 2 nights
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kōtoku-in, then contemplate the long history of Hase-dera Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple Kannondo. On the next day, examine the collection at HARA Model Railway Museum, get your bearings at Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal, stroll around Yamashita Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sankeien Gardens, and finally stroll around Yokohama Negishi Forest Park.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Yokohama road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Yokohama takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. When traveling from Hakone-machi in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Yokohama: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yokohama

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 16 — 18:

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: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Yokohama to Tokyo by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 21:

Japan travel guide

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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.