15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Nikko
— 1 day
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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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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Osaka
— 1 night

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Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, and then contemplate the long history of Yomeimon (Main Gate).

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Nikko driving holiday planner.

Houston, USA to Nikko is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Houston to Nikko. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Houston in October: high temperatures in Nikko hover around 67°F and lows are around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites
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Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
Yomeimon (Main Gate) ©
Yomeimon (Main Gate)

5
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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
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.
Head to Ginza and Asakusafor some retail therapy. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo National Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Kōtoku-in, &more). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Odaiba District, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Kamakura
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Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in

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Kyoto

Kyoto ©
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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple will appeal to history buffs. Kinkaku-ji and Nijo Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and take a stroll through Arashiyama.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto online road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in October, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 13:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
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Himeji

Himeji ©
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 14th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, then steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishino Hoden Oishi Shrine.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Himeji online tour planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Himeji, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Takasago
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nishi no Maru ©
Nishi no Maru
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

2
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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art and then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima online journey builder.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Itsukushima Shrine
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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Osaka

Osaka ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, look for gifts at Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori, then wander the streets of Dotombori District, and finally take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Osaka online day trip planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In October, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

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