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.
Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Osaka to see Universal Studios Japan 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 Sanjusangendo Temple, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, and hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Kyoto online journey planner.

London, UK to Kyoto is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Kyoto, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in September: high temperatures in Kyoto hover around 33°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Himeji.
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Find places to stay Sep 7 — 11:

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Himeji travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. September in Himeji sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.
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Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 12:

Hiroshima — 2 nights

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 13th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Miyajima and then admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip builder.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Nagasaki.
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Find places to stay Sep 12 — 14:

Nagasaki — 1 night

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.
On the 15th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and then walk around Nagasaki Peace Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Nagasaki visit planner.

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 September in Nagasaki, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Kanazawa.
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Find places to stay Sep 14 — 15:

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 16th (Sat), stroll around Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, walk around Kenrokuen Garden, then contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, and finally wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, then don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, then admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, and finally contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa travel planner.

You can fly from Nagasaki to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nagasaki in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Kanazawa, with lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Tokyo.
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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.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner.

You can fly from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to fly back home.
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Find places to stay Sep 17 — 21:

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.
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