15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan vacation planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 night
Taxi to Iiyama, Train to Kyoto
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 3 nights
Train
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Senso-ji Temple and Odaiba District. Get some historical perspective at Hase-dera Temple and Kōtoku-in. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura, approximately Kamakura away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Imperial Palace, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip maker.

Cairo, Egypt to Tokyo is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Cairo to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Cairo in February, plan for much colder days and little chillier nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 12°C by day to 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

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Yamanouchi-machi

— 1 night
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): hit the slopes at Shigakogen Yakebitaiyama Ski Area and then look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Yamanouchi-machi trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Tokyo to Yamanouchi-machi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tokyo in February, with highs in Yamanouchi-machi at 4°C and lows at -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Wildlife
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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.
Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Gion. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Nara to see Nara Park about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at Yodoryokuchi Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koshojibetsuin Ryozenhobyo, and steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto sightseeing planning website.

Do a combination of taxi and train from Yamanouchi-machi to Kyoto in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in February, expect Kyoto to be a bit warmer, temps between 11°C and 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

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Himeji

— 3 nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Himeji Castle and Tashinji Temple. Aotama Shrine and Ishino Hoden Oishi Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Explore Himeji's surroundings by going to Jodoji Temple (in Ono), Bizen (Otabu Gyoko Genroku Bohatei & Hattoji Furusatomura) and Kakurin-ji Temple (in Kakogawa). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagoyama Reien Busharito, and admire the natural beauty at Koko-en.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Himeji trip builder tool.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in February, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Hiroshima

— 3 nights

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 13th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, head off the coast to Miyajima, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip tool.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in February, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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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.