15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan tour planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Osaka
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
6
Kanazawa
— 1 night
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Train to Ueno, Foot to Keisei-Ueno, Train to Tokyo Narita, Fly to Halifax

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chidorigafuchi and Meguro River. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Yokohama (Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal & Yokohama Negishi Forest Park). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, walk around Kitanomaru Park, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Arona Spa.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online trip itinerary builder.

Halifax, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Halifax to Tokyo is 13 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Halifax in April; daily highs in Tokyo reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Historic Sites · Spas · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 12 — 15:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima itinerary tool.

You can fly from Tokyo to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

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

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.
To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Himeji travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. April in Himeji sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 17:

Osaka

— 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Mint Museum and Kinpusenji Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Yoshino-cho (Kimpusen-ji Temple Kane no Torii, Yoshimizu Shrine, &more) and Shukugawa Park (in Nishinomiya). There's still lots to do: stroll around Kemasakuranomiya Park, don't miss a visit to Nakanoshima Park, steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Osaka online tour builder.

Take a train from Himeji to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 17 — 20:

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ninna-ji Temple and Daigo-ji Temple. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, make a trip to Heian Shrine, indulge your senses at Kyoto Insider Sake Experience, and steep yourself in history at Ishibe Alley.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto online holiday planner.

You can drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries
Find places to stay Apr 20 — 24:

Kanazawa

— 1 night
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 25th (Sun), examine the collection at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum.

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You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in April, Kanazawa is slightly colder at night with lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 25:
Highlights from your trip

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.