14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

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14 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Norfolk
Fly + Train:  17 h 45 min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
5
Nara
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
6
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: Norfolk

3
nights
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.
Appreciate the collections at Kanda Myojin and Nezu Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Nezu Shrine and Yanaka. Step out of Tokyo to go to Kamakura and see Kencho-ji Temple, which is approximately 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Ueno, visit Odaiba, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, and contemplate the long history of Hie Jinjya.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo tour itinerary planning website .

Norfolk, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 14 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kencho-ji Temple
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Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

2
nights
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.
On the 3rd (Fri), steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, take a stroll through Gion, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chion-in Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, admire the striking features of Ninna-ji Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kyoto tour itinerary planning site .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
Ninna-ji Temple ©
Ninna-ji Temple

1
night
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 5th (Sun): make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally shop like a local with Schmoe House.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Hiroshima trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Kyoto to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Spas Shopping
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Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Schmoe House ©
Schmoe House

2
nights
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.
On the 6th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishinomiya Shrine, admire the verdant scenery at Arima Onsen, see the interesting displays at Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda, then ponder the world of politics at Mint Museum, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Hankyu Umeda Honten. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho and then take a stroll through Dotonbori.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. April in Osaka sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Arima Onsen, Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda, Nishinomiya Shrine
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Dotombori ©
Dotombori
Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda ©
Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda
Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen

2
nights
Nara

Nara ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, take an in-depth tour of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Horyu-ji Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple.

To find maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Nara trip planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Another option is to drive. In April, daytime highs in Nara are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Nature Museums

Side Trips

Horyu-ji Temple, Hase-dera Temple
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Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gotokuji Temple, stop by Kichijoji, then see the interesting displays at Fire Museum, and finally wander the streets of Kagurazaka.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo travel planner.

Traveling by train from Nara to Tokyo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Nara in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Tokyo, with lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Kichijoji
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Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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